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Coos Bay, OR
Surrounded by the Pacific shoreline with its beautiful dunes and lovely beaches, the Bay Area is located between the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the North and Shore Acres State Park, an impressive botanical garden on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on the South. The area features a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, clamming, wildlife, bird watching, sea lion and whale watching, tours, cycling, and 4-wheel rides in the dunes. The Port of Coos Bay is an active commercial area.

The Bay Area also offers a wide range of shopping, entertainment and dining facilities such as Pony Village Shopping Mall, renovated downtown Coos Bay, antique, myrtlewood and gift shops, theatres, and an art museum and gallery.

Coos Bay is the largest of the communities that comprise Oregon's Bay Area. It has been the commercial center of Oregon's southern coast since its earliest days.

About North Bend

North Bend, with its magnificent McCullough Bridge, is the northern gateway to the Bay Area. It boasts a history of great innovators and business people. Asa M. Simpson and his son Louis were prime movers in the town's development. North Bend was the hub of their northwestern timber holdings.

Pony Village Mall, the largest indoor shopping center on the coast and The Mill Casino - Hotel are located in North Bend.

About Charleston

Charleston, at the mouth of Coos Bay, is a commercial and sport fishing center. This unincorporated community is a center for commercial fishing, processing and support services. The Charleston Marina Complex is part of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, providing moorage for over 565 commercial and pleasure craft. The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and the South Slough Estuarine Reserve are both part of the Charleston Community.


Pounding surf along endless beaches, prolific estuaries, mature conifer forests and cool, fish-filled lakes provide some of the opportunities for recreational activities. Whale watching, fishing, hunting, surfing and wind surfing, beachcombing, boating, camping, exploring the sand dunes, cycling, hiking and running and golfing are available in Coos Bay. You'll enjoy exploring the beauty of the gardens at Shore Acres. Of course, you can always shop, dine in fine restaurants, watch the glorious sunsets, stroll the Coos Bay Boardwalk or visit our working docks.

Oregon's Bay area provides almost unlimited opportunities for leisure-time activities. The natural beauty of the area is enhanced by thousands of acres of public lands and parks. From nature trails to fishing to theater, music and art...it's all right here.

*Courtesy Oregon Coast Visitors Association
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