Charleston - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


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.

Featured activities

  • Charleston Marine Life Center

    63466 Boat Basin Rd.
    Charleston, Oregon 97420

    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.

  • South Coast Tours LLC

    Gold Beach, Oregon 97444

    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.

Featured accommodations

  • Charleston Marina RV Park

    63534 Kingfisher Road
    Charleston, Oregon 97420

    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

  • 29th Annual Charleston Seafood, Beer & Wine Festival

    Boat Basin
    Charleston, Oregon
    541-888-2311   |   800-824-8486
    August 9 - 11, 2019

    You’re invited to the 29th Annual Charleston Seafood Beer & Wine Festival located at the Charleston Marina on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Come on out for food, fun, music and crafts. The Charleston Volunteer Firefighter’s invite you to celebrate the harvest from the sea. With over fifty vendors selling food, craft beer, regional wines, crafts, shirts, trinkets and lots more. 

    Enjoy great music all weekend with the K-DOCK 92.9 FM CLAM JAM featuring live Rock and Roll, Blues, Oldies and more.

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  • 10th Annual Sunset Bay Angler Of The Day Kayak Fishing Challenge

    Sunset Bay State Park
    Charleston, Oregon
    August 24, 2019

    The Sunset Bay Angler Of The Day Kayak Fishing Challenge is an annual Kayak-only Fishing competition held on the ocean in Coos Bay Oregon. The launch site is at Sunset Bay State Park. The entry fee is $35 and there are many great prizes available to win.

    The tournament starts at 5:30 a.m., and the measure-in ends at 2 p.m. This is a point based competition with points per inch values assigned to all the species available to catch on the fishing grounds. The largest single fish from each category will count towards your total. The angler with the most points wins. This competition will test your skill as an angler as you have to target different species with different techniques to be successful. After the fishing there will be a potluck dinner and awards ceremony at the launch site. Cabezon 7 points,  Chinook 4 points,  Coho 5 points,  Flounder 8 points,  Greenling 10 points,  Halibut 4 points,  Lingcod 5 points,  Rockfish 8 points,  Surf Perch 12 points.

  • 3rd Annual Charleston Salmon Run

    Boat Basin Rd.
    Charleston, Oregon 97420
    October 5, 2019

    The 3rd Annual Charleston Salmon Run and Crab Walk takes place October 5th on one of the most beautiful courses in Oregon.  Races follow amazing scenic routes along rugged sea cliffs and sandy beaches.

    The Salmon Run includes a 26.2-mile Marathon, 13.1-mile Half Marathon, 10K run and the 1 mile Crab Walk.

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