Coos Bay - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Coos Bay

Surrounded by the Pacific shoreline with its beautiful dunes and lovely beaches, Oregon’s Adventure Coast  is located between the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the North and Shore Acres State Park, an impressive botanical garden on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on the South. The area features a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, clamming, wildlife, bird watching, sea lion and whale watching, tours, cycling, and 4-wheel rides in the dunes. The Port of Coos Bay is an active commercial area.

The Coos Bay area also offers a wide range of shopping, entertainment and dining facilities such as Pony Village Shopping Mall, renovated downtown Coos Bay, antique, myrtlewood and gift shops, theatres, and an art museum and gallery.

Coos Bay is the largest community on the Oregon Coast. It has been the commercial center of Oregon’s southern coast since its earliest days.

Featured activities

  • Cape Arago Lighthouse

    Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Cape Arago is located 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay and North Bend off Hwy 101. It stands 100 feet above the ocean on an islet just off Gregory Point. The light atop the 44-foot-high tower was first illuminated in 1934 and is easily noticeable due to its distinct fog horn. Although newest in terms of service, earlier structures were built on this site in 1866 and 1908, both succumbing to weather and erosion. Hidden behind a guarded fence, Cape Arago is not open to the public.

  • Coos Bay

    Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Coos Bay is a long and circuitous estuary fed by the Coos River among other tributaries; it is considered the best natural harbor between San Francisco and the Puget Sound. The bay\\\'s vast acreage gives anglers plenty of elbow room as they pursue fall chinook (July through October), coho (silver) salmon (October and November) and winter steelhead (December through March). Coos Bay also offers excellent canoeing opportunities through the South Slough Estuarine Reserve, the first federally designated reserve.

Featured accommodations

Featured Events

  • Music on the Bay

    Mingus Park
    Coos Bay, Oregon
    August 9 - September 13, 2018

    Music on the Bay is a series of free concerts every Thursday evening from August 9th to September 13th from 7-9pm in Mingus Park in Coos Bay. Hear nationally known musicians and local favorites.

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  • Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service at the Coos History Museum

    Coos History Museum
    1210 Front St.
    Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541)756-6320
    October 17, 2018 - August 30, 2019

    The Coos History Museum presents Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service from October 17 through Summer 2019.

    Historically, tattoos have many meanings and misconceptions. Traditionally, military inspired tattoos depict the story of wars and battles, and symbolize lost soldiers or achievements in service. This new exhibition, created in honor of the more than 8,000 Coos County Veterans, takes a closer look at the stories behind the "ink" through a series of audio, visual and interpretive panels.

    Active duty military families, as well as veterans and their spouses/partners receive free admission to The Coos History Museum through a grant from the Coquille Indian Tribe and other donors.

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  • Expressions West 2019 Exhibition at Coos Art Museum

    Coos Art Museum
    235 Anderson
    Coos Bay, Oregon
    (541)267-3901
    April 19 - June 29, 2019

    From April 19 to June 29, 2019 Coos Art Museum exhibits the Expressions West 2019 juried art competition. Artists from thirteen western states were invited to compete in this annual event. Juror Geoffrey McCormack has selected eighty-one artworks by seventy artists residing in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

    Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  

    Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.

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