Charleston is a quaint fishing village just eight miles from Coos Bay and North Bend and is located just inside the entrance to the bay. Charleston is home to some of the finest recreation and most beautiful scenery in the Northwest.
The harbor is the heart of this community and serves as a home port to a large commercial fishing fleet. You’ll find a bustling marina serving charter boat operators, sports fishermen, crabbers and recreational boaters. The harbor area includes restaurants, tackle, seafood, and specialty gift shops. Unique seafood restaurants will appease any palette. You can choose from the Portside which sends its own boats out to catch the fresh fish of the day, the Oyster Cove which was featured on Rachel Ray, and the High Tide Café serving arguably the best fish and chips around. If you’d like a more authentic experience, stop by our fish markets. Go to Fisherman’s wharf on the D Docks to pick out your crab to be cooked and cleaned for you to take home or eat right there on the docks or stop by Chuck’s seafood for fresh oysters and clams.
Charleston is Oregon’s Adventure Coast’s gateway to outstanding ocean beaches, state parks, and stunning untouched scenery. Follow Cape Arago Highway and you’ll hit a trifecta of beauty in Sunset Bay State Park, Bastendorff Beach and the renowned Shore Acres State Park. You’ll find world class surfing, kayaking and scuba diving opportunities along with hiking and biking trails suited to all levels.
South Coast Tours LLC
Let South Coast Tours take you on an adventure paddle in the Wild Rivers Coast estuaries and out into the Southern Oregon near shore ocean. Go fishing, wildlife viewing or just simply enjoy the experience of gliding across the waterways of the banana belt coast of Oregon. The south coast holds much of Oregon's near shore reefs and some of the best fishing, photography, wildlife viewing and wildest rivers on the west coast. South Coast Tours offers a variety of fully equipped 2-18 person tours as well as custom overnight kayak tours. SCT offers kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and kayak fishing from the Coos Bay area down to the California border and Brookings Harbor. We also rent kayaks and sups out of our base camp on the docks in Brookings.
Coos Bay - North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau
Charleston Marina RV Park
Chart a course for Charleston. This fishing village offers endless opportunities for outdoor fun, whether you want a weekend getaway, family vacation or just a day for adventure. Charleston is located on the breathtaking scenic and rugged south coast. Launch your boat to access Coos Bay's thriving salmon fishery. Bring binoculars to bird and whale watch. Go clamming or crabbing. Explore nearby state parks and beaches, or shop in charming Charleston.
SAMPLE Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed
You don't want to miss this one! Oregon Oysters, there's no better way to celebrate Oregon's Bounty!
Noon – 4pm. Projected prices: 9 Oyster Meal $15, 6 Oyster Meal$13, 3 Oyster Meal $11. Oysters will be prepared in a variety of ways and served with dipping sauces, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and drink (soda, coffee, or tea). Shrimp cocktails can be added on for $1 extra! Gourmet hotdog meals ($8 Adults Meal/$5 Child's Meal) are available for the non-oyster fan. Live Music from Dale Inskeep Band, Stacy Rose and more. Wine & Desserts sold separately. Event held in the dining hall of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. For more information call Kathy Hornstuen at 541-404-6593.
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30th Oregon 2016 Shorebird Festival
It’s been 30 years since Cape Arago Audubon Society started the Oregon Shorebird Festival in the small town of Charleston, OR. During this time, many generations of shorebirds have stopped over to feed and rest in the estuaries of Coos Bay and Bandon as they migrate between their breeding and wintering grounds. Every year without fail there have been bird watchers both new and experienced to witness this event.
Birdwatchers of all skill levels are invited to join in and experience the wonder of shorebird migration on the scenic south coast. Bring your best pair of binoculars and go afield with experienced trip leaders to the best birding spots in Bandon and Coos Bay.