About the Area

Welcome

Welcome! And come on in. 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.

You’ll Love it Here!

Oregon’s Adventure Coast Towns

This beautiful section of the Oregon coastline is known as Oregon’s Adventure Coast for several reasons and when you arrive in the area, you will easily see why. Check out more information below to see what makes each of our towns unique:

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North Bend

On the “North Bend” of the bay, this town boasts great beaches, the Oregon Coast’s only airport, and a diverse mix of dining, shopping and culture found in their downtown area.

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Charleston

A quaint fishing village with a bustling marina, Charleston hosts freshest seafood around, and is the entry point to some of the finest beaches and scenery in the Pacific Northwest.

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Coos Bay

A stroll through Coos Bay shows the merging of past and present. Historic buildings dot the landscape along with a wide array of restaurants, unique shops, museums, antique shops and more.

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History

Canoe Races are recreated at the Salmon Celebration

Canoe Races are recreated at the Samlon Celebration

Nature, commerce, native tradition and pioneer spirit merge together to create an oasis of adventure on the Oregon Coast. First settled thousands

of years ago, native tribes found abundant food and a temperate climate. These tribes continued to inhabit the region when exploration and trapping in the area began in the early 1800’s. And in 1853, a permanent settlement were established by members of the Coos Bay Company.

Wagon roads first connected Coos Bay to Jacksonville and Roseburg, in the 1850’s. The Port of Coos Bay, may be the best natural harbor between San Francisco Bay and the Puget Sound. It is the world’s largest forest products shipping port. Gold drew people in the 1800’s. Many coal mines operated between 1890-1910; the last mine closed in 1950.

One exciting blend of past and future is The Hollering Place, located at the Historical Empire Waterfront in on the Bay, in Coos County. This project is currently being developed to provide a telling of the important history of the location, enhanced public access to the water, and a retail commerce center. Along with that, the Coos Bay Boat Building Center has been established and is now open and offering classes.

Today, forest products, tourism, fishing and agriculture dominate the economy. Boating, dairy farming, myrtlewood production, shipbuilding and specialty farm products like cranberries, play a key role.