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.
Charleston Marine Life Center
CMLC: Part Aquarium, Part Museum, All Discovery. Located on the edge of the harbor in Charleston, Oregon, the CMLC is an exciting place of discovery for all ages. The CMLC’s aquaria, displays, artwork, and views reveal the hidden and remarkable diversity of life off Oregon, from the coast to the deep sea. From the Center’s windows, watch fishing boats unload their catch, and seals, sea lions and birds a few feet away. Walk under whale skeletons, reach into a tidepool touch tank, get face to face with an octopus and a wolf eel, and watch video from deep reefs and undersea vents. Enjoy the many interactive displays and opportunities to explore specimens, and learn about ongoing research. The CMLC is part of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the marine science field station of the University of Oregon.
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.
Blessing of the Fleet
The annual Charleston Fisherman's Memorial and Blessing of the Fleet will take place in the Charleston Boat Basin at 10am on Memorial Day. Names added to the memorial will be read and flowers in memory will be taken to sea by the U.S. Coast Guard. The South Coast Pipes and Drums will play. Cake and Coffee served afterwards at the Charleston Church.
State Park Day & FREE Fishing Day
Shore Acres State Park, hosted by Friends of Shore Acres, Garden House/Pavillion. FREE PARKING DAY! 10% discount in the Shore Acres Gift Shop and refreshments in the garden house. Local garden club experts will on hand to answer your gardening questions including:
American Rododendron Society
Bay Area Bonsai Society
Coos Bay Garden Club
Friends of Hinsdale Gardens
Pacific Orchid Society
Reedsport Garden Club
Southern Oregon Dahlia Society
Southwestern Oregon Rose Society
AND FREE fishing weekend! Introduce a friend, child, co-worker or family member to fishing during Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend. Always the first full weekend in June; ODFW offers Oregon residents and visitors a full weekend to fish, crab and clam without a license.