Celebrate all Things Salmon this September!

Posted by TravelCoosBay on August 12, 2015

Salmon Festival

If you love Salmon as much as we do, September is a great time to travel to Oregon’s South Coast! Not only is Chinook Salmon season at it’s peak, there will be 2 events celebrating salmon the 2nd weekend in September.

“For me, one of the surest signs of transition from summer to fall is the many places you might cast a lure or drift bait for salmon along coastal Oregon,” says Travel Oregon’s Grant McOmie in this post.

Hundreds of visitors are expected to turn out for the very popular  12th Annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration and the Annual Coos Basin Amateur Salmon Derby September 12th-13th, 2015.

The Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration

The Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration offers visitors the opportunity to experience Native American culture, art, food and music. It features free daily performances by Native American storytellers, drummers, flutists and dancers, a marketplace offering traditional wares and foods, a bay-front canoe exhibit and races, traditional games and activities for children, plus a variety of cultural demonstrations and educational exhibits.

The celebration is perhaps best known for it’s traditional salmon bake dinner where fresh salmon is prepared in the time-honored Coquille open-pit manner.

Photo Source: The Mill Casino

Photo Source: The Mill Casino

To learn more, visit www.themillcasino.com for schedule and Salmon Bake Dinner ticket information. Click here to download the PDF.

Coos Basin Salmon Derby

The 16th Annual Coos Basin Salmon Derby will also take place the weekend of September 12th & 13th at the California & Eastside Boat Ramps. There is also a kick-off BBQ & silent auction planned for Friday the 11th. The Mill Casino Boardwalk will be the site of the “weigh station” and awards ceremony during The Mill Luck Salmon Festival. Visit www.oregonsadventurecoast.com for schedule and ticket info or contact the ODFW office at 541-888-5515.

We are here to help you plan, get here, and enjoy your visit. We encourage you to Contact Us if we can answer any questions or stop in one our visitor centers once you get here to find out the inside track for the best food, events and activities.  Be sure to visit oregonsadventurecoast.com/lodging/ to see our many lodging options!