Autumn is so lovely that many of our locals refer to it as the Oregon Coast’s “Second Summer.” A few of the perks of traveling to the Oregon Coast during the fall season include:
During the autumn months, visitors can still find plenty of sunny days along with average highs in the upper 60’s and sometimes low 70’s.
Since the crowds are usually smaller during this time, it’s a great time to do some early holiday shopping in our unique shops and antique stores. There is usually very little (if any) wait time to get a table in your favorite restaurant, and visitors often find the beaches almost to themselves at times!
Since lodging prices tend to drop after Labor Day Weekend, why not take advantage? Click here to find some of the best deals.
Inspired to give it a try? We’ve put together a list of some of our most popular activities to help you plan your “Second Summer Getaway”.
We have the most diverse options on the Oregon Coast. Go beachcombing, picnicking, or tidepooling. Some of our favorite local beaches include Bastendorff Beach, Cape Arago State Park, Lighthouse Beach, Horsfall Beach, Shore Acres State Park & Simpson Beach, and of course Sunset Bay State Park.
With a rich background in timber and fishing, there’s lots of history to explore. A favorite is always Cape Arago Lighthouse and Self Guided Historic Walking Tours. Be sure to take a stroll along the Coos Bay Boardwalk in Downtown Coos Bay and explore our rich maritime history at the newly opened Coos History Museum & Maritime Collection on N. Front St.
Dozens of hiking and biking trails will take you through the forest, mountains and cities or along rivers and coast. Favorites include the Oregon Coast Trail (Sunset Bay to Cape Arago), four miles of trails winding along one of the most spectacular coastlines in Oregon.
Adventure seekers also enjoy exploring the Bluebill Trail. Located off Horsfall Road in the Oregon National Recreation Area, this trail loops around a seasonal lake which is home to different species of birds and aquatic animals. Bring your camera and binoculars to view the sights.
We should also note a trip to the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is always a treat. This local gem offers outdoor lovers 9,000 acres and offers hiking trails for all ability levels.
If it’s a fishing adventure you’re after, you’ll be happy to know that there are over 30 lakes and rivers to choose from in Coos County. There’s fish for every season and an endless choice of prime fishing spots to select from.
No trip to the Adventure Coast is complete without Dungeness crab, and the best crab are always the ones you bring up yourself from the waters of lower Coos Bay. Our local fishing expert, Gary Vonderohe from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife says that crabbing has been very good the past couple of weeks and should continue to get better. “This is the best crabbing I’ve seen in several years,” he says.
Rental crab rings are available at many RV parks and other lodging facilities, and tackle and marine supply stores often rent and sell rings and also at the locations below:
Fishermen’s Wharf (Get your Crabbies Cooked and Cleaned!)
Fishermen’s Wharf is located on D-Dock in the beautiful Charleston Boat Basin. It’s the red, white, and blue floating building across from the Basin Tackle Shop and Sea Basket Restaurant. Fishermen’s Wharf sells fresh local crabs and fish caught by our local Charleston fishing fleet. Crab ring rental packages are now available! Come down and check out what’s in the huge live tank or stop by and have the crabs you caught cooked. Call for hours of operation (541) 888-TUNA (8862). www.fishermenswharforegon.com
63840 Crossline Road, Charleston, OR 97420
Open daily from 8am-6pm
Crab rentals, bait, and cooking and cleaning available.
Davey Jones Locker
Cape Arago Highway & Boat Basin Road
Charleston, OR 97420
Crab ring rentals, supplies, licenses, market, food and deli. Call any time for updated crabbing conditions.
So what are you waiting for? If you can’t get enough of summer, it’s time to take a road trip to Oregon’s Southern coast!