America’s Wild Rivers Coast to the Heart of the Dunes, Oregon's South Coast presents an unspoiled coastal experience filled with windsurfing, fishing, and exploring the most accessible and spectacular beaches in Oregon.
AMERICA’S WILD RIVERS COAST - Starting with the Trees of Mystery in California and stretching North to Port Orford, Oregon, America’s Wild Rivers Coast offers 101 miles of nature’s best. As you travel along historic Highway 101, you’ll not only discover some of the most spectacular shoreline and best beach access in Oregon, you’ll also glimpse towering forests and have the opportunity to experience some of the last remaining wild rivers in America. Fabulous fishing, hiking and exploring can be found in almost every city.
Because of its superior weather and recreational opportunities, Brookings is a well-known vacation and retirement area. The spectacular Salmon Run Golf Course is making the area popular with golfers, but the area is still best known for its salmon and steelhead fishing. Boat charters for ocean fishing can be found in the Port of Brookings-Harbor. The harbor and the port offer the safest bar crossing in Oregon. The nearby Smith River, along with the Chetco, Pistol, Winchuck, and to the north the Rogue, Elk and Sixes Rivers also offer outstanding fishing.
Eighteen miles East of Brookings-Harbor is the famed Kalmiopsis Wilderness, 197,000 acres of rugged solitude and rare wildlife. The Chetco Ranger Station in Brookings can provide complete information on hiking and camping in this region.
Between Brookings-Harbor and Gold Beach, north on Highway 101, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the most stunning coastline in America. There are numerous beach parks to explore.
At sunny Gold Beach the roar of the mighty Pacific, the legendary Rogue River, wide open spaces, fresh salt air, uncrowded beaches, vast forests, incredible hiking trails, and rugged mountains all invite you to relax and explore.
From May through October, jetboats offer excursions up into the “Wild and Scenic” sections of the Rogue, giving passengers a close up view of wildlife and river life. The salmon and steelhead fishing in the area is second to none, and an excellent group of licensed guides is available. Ocean charters for fishing and sightseeing are ready for your call.
Gold Beach offers one of the best selections of motels with oceanfront or river views. A variety of restaurants with varied dining to please every appetite are also located in town. A Visitor Center can be found at the south end of town (on Highway 101) with complete area information to help plan your visit.
Historic Port Orford is the oldest town site on the Oregon coast and is the northern gateway to America’s Wild Rivers Coast. The area is steeped in history, recreational opportunities, and scenery.
With the only open water port in 600 miles and two wild rivers, commercial and sport fishing, diving, windsurfing, and beachcombing opportunities are plentiful. Port Orford is also one of the best whale watching spots on the Oregon coast.
Several parks, including Humbug Mountain State Park, offer excellent camping. Port Orford Head State Park, originally an active Coast Guard station, is now a day use historical park. Tours of the Cape Blanco lighthouse and historic Hughes House are well worth the time. Check with the Port Orford Visitor Center (on the beach in downtown) for maps and information.
Next stop heading north, located at the mouth of the Coquille River, is charming Bandon-By-The-Sea. Many visitors consider Bandon the hidden pearl of the Southern Oregon Coast because of its scenic beauty, rich opportunities for recreation and relaxation and the warmth shown by its people.
It is home to breathtaking beaches, a river teeming with fish, four of the world’s premier golf courses, quaint shops and galleries, and delectable restaurants. Go crabbing and fishing right from the waterfront, stroll the expansive boardwalk, experience the thrill of hooking the big ocean fish and the excitement of America’s largest wild animal petting park. For all that Bandon has to offer, it remains charmingly undiscovered and unspoiled.
OREGON'S ADVENTURE COAST
COOSBAY/NORTH BEND CHARLESTON
Just a little farther north are Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston, known as “Oregon’s Adventure Coast” to fun-loving visitors. With miles of unspoiled beaches and a multitude of recreational activities, your next adventure kicks into high gear. From kayaking to hiking to riding the Dunes, you’ll find endless opportunities for adventure.
Natural beauty abounds here. Visit the grounds of a turn-of-the-century lumber baron’s home, Shore Acres State Park, to see the famous crashing waves and the renowned botanical gardens. Catch a charter boat to see the migrating whales or take advantage of the year-round fishing. Go crabbing on the docks and have it cooked for you Oregon Coast style. Check out a working myrtlewood factory or the Steve Prefontaine Gallery.
Museums, antique shops, theatres, restaurants, and the coast’s largest enclosed shopping mall offer you a chance to wind down and enjoy the local flavor of Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Boardwalks in Coos Bay and North Bend offer dramatic bay views and unique events and 24-hour gaming at The Mill Casino Hotel beckon thousands of visitors each year.
THE OREGON DUNES
Heading North on Highway 101, just across the landmark McCullough Bridge, you’ll find the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, with acres and acres of rolling sand dunes to explore. Stop at the Dunes Reedsport headquarters for complete information. The 40 miles of towering dunes along Oregon’s South Coast offer numerous opportunities for adventure and solitude. Formed by the ancient forces of wind, water and time, these dunes are like no others in the world, and are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
REEDSPORT/ WINCHESTER BAY
The Reedsport area is the “Heart of the Dunes,” and offers miles of undisturbed beaches, marvelous sunsets, abundant wildlife, and numerous lakes and streams. A diversity of hiking trails can take you along the ocean, through the dunes, estuaries, and via majestic old-growth tree groves to spectacular waterfalls.
Here’s an area that lets you experience it all... from quaint shops and dining in an historic downtown, to quiet walks on the beach at sunset, to the excitement of catching your own dinner of clams, crab or fish. And while you are on the beach, be sure to look for the majestic gray whale that migrates along the coast in the spring and winter.
The award-winning Umpqua Discovery Center, located on the Umpqua River, is a must-see in Reedsport. Its exhibit wing, Tidewaters & Time, surrounds you with the sights and sounds of nature as you journey back through history meeting the Kunich Tribes, fur traders, European settlers, and the pioneers that settled this tidewater town.
The Reedsport/Winchester Bay area also offers the opportunity to explore the tallest dunes in the state, to windsurf, play golf, go fishing, kayaking and kite-flying. It is also one of the few areas that allow ATV (All Terrain Vehicles); beach access and rentals are available.