Charleston

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.

www.OregonsAdventureCoast.com

Featured activities

  • Charleston Marine Life Center

    63466 Boat Basin Rd.
    Charleston, Oregon 97420
    541-888-2581

    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

    50 Central Ave
    Oregon 97420
    800-824-8486

Featured accommodations

  • Charleston Marina RV Park

    63534 Kingfisher Road
    Charleston, Oregon 97420
    541.888.9512

    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.

Featured Events

  • Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed

    63466 Boat Basin
    Charleston , Oregon 97420
    541-269-0215
    Saturday, Apr 22nd, 2017

    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. Event held in the dining hall of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. For more information call Kathy Hornstuen at 541-404-6593.

    Check back as the event approaches for any updates!

  • OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

    63466 Boat Basin Rd
    Charleston, Oregon 97420
    541-373-0910
    Saturday, Jan 28th, 2017

    Dr. Schram and Reyn Yoshioka will discuss what ocean acidification is and how it influences and affects marine organisms. They will focus primarily on responses of organisms from our area and along the U.S. West coast, including seagrasses, shellfish, plankton and fish. They will discuss how ocean acidification affects organisms differently, and how changing oceans will have both winners and losers.

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