“Guide - noun. A person who advises or shows the way to others.” -Merriam Webster Dictionary
One of the appeals of Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston is the variety of adventures to choose from. There is something for everyone here, whether it’s a coastal hike, a kayak ride, a walk on the beach, 24-hour casino gaming, a ride on the dunes, trying new restaurants, and everything in between. We all enjoy creating our own adventures and going at our own pace, but there are times when a knowledgeable local guide can come in handy!
When you’re in an unfamiliar place, new experiences can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate — literally and figuratively. Hiring a local guide can elevate your Oregon travel experience and boost your confidence and comfort level. By having access to their expertise and experience, local tour guides on Oregon’s Adventure Coast will help take the guesswork out of your adventure, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! Next time you visit, consider one of these guided experiences:
Tour de Pre - Linda Prefontaine, the sister of running legend Steve Prefontaine, continues to honor her brother’s legacy with Tour de Pre, a special one-of-a-kind experience where fans can discover the Coos Bay area, explore where Pre grew up, and appreciate where his brilliant career began while hearing personal stories and anecdotes that only Linda can offer. Advanced reservations required. Coos Bay, 541-914-0194
GUIDED ATV TOURS
Spinreel Dune Buggy & ATV Rentals - We have heard countless first-time riders express how grateful they were to have booked one of Spinreel’s Follow Me Tours. On this tour, you follow one of their experienced guides on a one-of-a-kind journey. You still have the thrill of driving one of their vehicles while taking in some of the sensational views that you might have missed on your own. North Bend, www.ridetheoregondunes.com
GUIDED PADDLING TOURS
Paddling the waters of the Coos Bay area on a guided tour is a wonderful opportunity to learn something new and experience the Oregon Coast in a way you never had before. Here are some local guides to check out:
*Always wear a PFD/life-jacket while out in the water, even if you are an experienced swimmer!*
FISHING GUIDES & CHARTERS
The fish are always biting on Oregon’s Adventure Coast, no matter what’s happening in the outside world! It’s one of the reasons why so many anglers come here to relax and recharge. With more than 30 lakes and rivers to choose from in Coos County, endless bay and ocean fishing spots, you’ll have your choice of prime fishing spots to choose from. Our local fishing guides and charter boat captains can help navigate the tides and the weather conditions, along with important details beginners might need help with, like
Here are some local Fishing Guide Services and Boat Charters to check out:
Allegany Outfitters - A family owned and operated guide service located about 15 miles east of Coos Bay, Oregon, offering fishing trips. Coos Bay, 541-269-5259
Basin Tackle Charleston - Located in the Charleston Marina, this local institution carries everything you would ever need for salt and freshwater fishing, crabbing, or clamming. Their friendly, helpful, and somewhat quirky staff is also available to give instruction and classes. Charleston, 541-888-3474
Betty Kay Charters - Captain Kurt and Captain Alan are ready to give you a memorable, fun fishing trip. They will go all out to find and get you fish, and will give you helpful tips and assist you. Your safety and fun is their focus. You will see the beautiful Oregon coastline while fishing near-shore in 60′ to 200′ of water. Frequently caught fish are: rock fish, cabazone, quill back, tiger rock, vermilion, & ling cod. Charleston, 800-752-6303
Chinook Charters - Chinook Charters offers guided trips for ocean crabbing, rockfish, lingcod, halibut and tuna. North Bend, 541-662-0964
Fishin’ Trips Charters - Captain Clarence Cole guides fishin’ trips for tuna, salmon and bottom fish from Brookings and Coos Bay. Not your typical charter experience! Specializing in small groups/private charters. Coos Bay, 541-891-2309
Indigenous Adventures Guide Service - Offers guided fishing trips for salmon, steelhead, shad, small mouth bass, striped bass, pink fin perch, & sturgeon, on the Coos, Coquille, Umpqua, Elk, & Sixes River systems. Bottom fishing & crabbing are also available off the Coos Bay coast. Coos Bay, 541-537-0256
Lucky Me Charters - Captain Roy leads fishing charters from Charleston Marina for tuna, salmon, snapper, lingcod, halibut and crab in a 2020 Hews 270 with twin 200hp. Captain Roy uses all the latest electronics and fishing tackle, and can accommodate up to 6 passengers. A bathroom is available onboard. Captain Roy has 45 years fishing the Pacific coast, is Coast Guard licensed and insured. Full day or 1/2 day trips available. Come have a safe and fun trip. Whale watching trips upon request. Charleston, 541-948-3905
Pacific Charter Services - Deep Sea Charter Fishing in Coos Bay and Charleston, Oregon, offering exclusive daily trips for the entire family. Guided trips are a maximum of 6 people. Pacific Charter provides all the rods, reels, tackle, and bait needed for your fishing trip. Charleston, 541-378-3040
PacificPond Charters - PacificPond Charters is a small boat sport fishing guide in Charleston, whose mission is to provide a safe and fun environment while targeting trophy size fish in the waters off the Oregon Coast. Charleston, 541-294-5252
See Tour Guides & Charters for more information.
Come explore and discover incredible outdoor adventures waiting for you on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston! Explore more Oregon Coast Adventures and Trip Ideas with any questions you may have about things to do on your vacation, and be sure to download our Visitor Guide (PDF).