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.
"Fish On!" is a phrase you will hear often while your out fishing with Captain John. If you have been dreaming about an adventure on the Pacific Ocean chasing Tuna, Salmon, Bottomfish, and Crab or exploring the pristine rivers of Oregon's coastal playground for winter steelhead and king salmon than Sharky's Charters is ready to make your dreams a reality. Rest easy knowing Captain John is it the helm, with over thirty years experience on the ocean, have a safe and enjoyable adventure aboard his new 26' North River Seahawk. Sharky's Charters specializes in small groups and can fish up to 6 people, but most trips have smaller crews so that there is plenty of room to land that big one. Plan your coastal adventure with Sharky's Charters!
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.
31st Annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres
Famous for its beautiful 7 acre botanical gardens and Japanese lily pond. The gardens shine with over 325,000 lights. 4pm – 9:30pm every night at Shore Acres State Park in Charleston, Oregon; just west of Coos Bay. ($5 parking fee per vehicle)
South Slough Birding
Join a South Slough interpreter and venture into the Reserve in search of winged wildlife. $1 per birder. Held the first Saturday of each month. Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes provided. Meet at the Charleston Visitor Center. [Max – 15 participants]