Southern Oregon Coast Recreation & Attractions
SHORE ACRES STATE PARK, located 12 miles west of Coos Bay is part of a spectacular state park threesome, which includes CAPE ARAGO and SUNSET BAY ST. PARK. Three of the most scenic parks on the Oregon Coast, all within a few miles of each other, each with something unique to offer. Sunset Bay St. Park is a sheltered bay with a nice beach for swimming or sunning and also has overnight camping. Cape Arago St. Park is situated on a rugged headland with some of the most scenic picnic sites you will find anywhere. The plantings at Shore Acres have been designed to take advantage of the area's mild climate to create a garden for all seasons. Featuring an oriental garden and pond, a greenhouse, Rose Gardens and the largest Monterey Pine. HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT SHORE ACRES draws more than 50,000 visitors each season and features 200,000 lights. Open from 4-10 pm every night after Thanksgiving through New Year's, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
OREGON STATE PARKS are among the most scenic in the world, with campgrounds, picnic sites, day use areas, hiking and more.
BANDON DUNES GOLF RESORT, 57744 Round Lake Drive Bandon, Oregon 97411 1-888-345-6008 or 541/347-4380. World famous destination golf resort just north of Bandon.
SALMON RUN, 99040 South Bank Chetco River Road Brookings, OR 97415 877.423.1234. Tucked between Southern Oregon's spectacular coastline and the rugged Kalmiopsis Wilderness, you'll discover a championship course designed as much by nature as by man. Where enthusiasts and purists alike will find a challenge for every club in their bag.
OREGON DUNES NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Reedsport. 541-271-3611. The Oregon Dunes Park features 30 lakes, 14 hiking trails, 13 campgrounds, 11 beach parking areas, 9 day use areas, 3 off-highway riding areas, 1 dunes overlook, and a visitor center. Fee is $3 per vehicle per day. Stretching along Hwy 101 from North Bend to Florence. 32,000 acres of shifting sand dunes up to 385 ft. high in a Sahara like atmosphere. Includes ghost forests, lakes, and ocean beaches. Siuslaw National Forest area map.
LOON LAKE LODGE & RV RESORT, 9011 Loon Lake Rd, Reedsport, Or. 97467 (541) 599-2244. Located just minutes from Reedsport, Oregon, choose your vacation lodging needs from a Waterfront Vacation Home, cabins, yurt or motel, or choose a scenic camping site from the waterfront campground. Loon Lake is located approximately 20 miles east of Reedsport via Hwy 38 and Loon Lake Rd. It's a large inland lake and is popular for camping, boating and swimming, with warmer temperatures in the summer as a result of the sheltered inland valley location. Beautiful near wilderness scenery all around the lake.
THE PREFONTAINE RUN honors a great athlete and native of the southern Oregon Coast Steve Prefontaine, who held many American long distance running records during the early 1970's. This event is held every September in his hometown of Coos Bay, Oregon.
SOLVE OREGON has coordinated beach cleanups since 1984 along the Oregon Coast. Each year the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup in March and the Beach and Riverside Cleanup in September draw thousands of volunteers. You can be a part of keeping this tradition going, visit www.solveoregon.org for more details!
SAWDUST THEATER 541-396-4563. Corner of 1st and Adams, Coquille. Audience participation is what makes this theatre unique and contributes to making it one of the finest and oldest melodrama traditions in the Western U.S. Cheer for the wholesome heroes; be ready to boo the dastardly villians. Drinks and popcorn are available before the show. Shows run throughout the summer..
COOS ART MUSEUM, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay. 503-267-3901. The museum features three galleries including the Prefontaine gallery, established in 1985 to honor former Olympian and Coos Bay resident Steve Prefontaine. Other attractions include works by major contemporary artists in america including Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Calder, Red Grooms, Lary Rivers and Warrington Colescott.
STAY IN A YURT at an Oregon State Park, 1-800-452-5687 for reservations. Yurts are circular domed tents with wood floors and structural support. They are available for your camping adventures at Sunset Bay along the ocean beach southwest of Coos Bay, Bullards Beach at the mouth of the Coquille River, Harris Beach along the ocean beach near Brookings.
BIKING THE OREGON COAST, traveling the Oregon Coast by bicycle is becoming more and more of a popular way to see the coast. It is advisable to travel north to south in the summer months as there is a steady north wind, which works as a tailwind. Scenic state parks with camping and/or picnic sites dot the 300 mile route from Astoria to Brookings.
SOUTH COAST BEACH ACTIVITIES: Crabbing and clamming are allowed year-round with no license required. Find agates, jasper, agatized myrtle and other rocks along Seven Devils Road. Enjoy tide pooling at Sunset Bay and Cape Arago State Parks. From November through May, watch as whales head south for California. Enjoy the beauty of the lighthouses at Umpqua River, Cape Arago and Coquille River.