Oregon's Coastal Towns

OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cliffs, Heceta Head, Beach beneath the lighthouse keepers cottage, now a B&B, in fog [Ask for #276.985.] 

This is the launch page for all content about Oregon's coastal towns and their surrounding countryside. It starts at Coos Bay — my hometown — and extends north and south.

 

Towns of the Oregon Dunes

The Oregon Dunes, at 54 miles the largest dune field in the state, goes from south of Charleston to north of Florence. Along this stretch only three rivers manage to push their way through the sand: the Coos River, the Umpqua River twenty miles to the north of the Coos River, then the Siuslaw River another 18 miles to the north of the Umpqua. And each has a port at its mouth: Coos Bay on the Coos River, Reedsport on the Umpqua, and Florence on the Siuslaw.

Newport


Newport sits in the middle of a 35 mile stretch of coast, predominantly beaches easy to reach via state recreation areas or beach homes. It has three small but impressive groups of cliffs.

OR: North Coast Region, Lincoln County, Pacific Coast, Waldport Area, Waldport Proper, Alsea River Inlet, View towards the bridge from Robinson Park's beach area [Ask for #276.A27.]
View from Waldport's Robinson Park towards the US 101 bridge over the Alsea River. [Ask for #276.A27.]

Florence


This port town on the Siuslaw River has a handsome downtown, nice countryside, and a fine beach behind large dunes.

OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Florence Area, Town of Florence, Fishing boats docked in Florence's port [Ask for #276.579.]
Fishing boats docked in Florence's port. [Ask for #276.579.]

Reedsport


OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, Reedsport Area, Town of Reedsport, Boardwalk, View over the Umpqua River towards the Coos Bay Rail Link steel truss drawbridge in open position; boat docks [Ask for #274.529.]
View from Reedsport's boardwalk over the Umpqua River towards the Coos Bay Rail Link steel truss drawbridge. [Ask for #274.529.]

Coos Bay


Coos Bay, and its associated towns of North Bend and Charleston, is the largest urban center on Oregon's coast. In fact, with 38,000 people it's the only urban center on Oregon's coast.

OR: South Coast Region, Coos County, Coos Bay Area, City of Coos Bay, Downtown, Coos Art Museum, Front view of museum's 1936 home, originally a post office. [Ask for #274.052.]

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Charleston


One of the Oregon Coast's most important — and quaint — fisheries sits on the western edge of Coos Bay's urban area, between the city and the Cape Arago Parks.

OR: Coos County, Coos Bay Area, Charleston Area, Charleston Harbor, Crab traps [Ask for #276.185.]

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Cape Arago Parks


Cape Arago, just past Charleston, has six major parks — five along the cliffs and one along the inlet behind them.

OR: Coos County, Coos Bay Area, Cape Arago Parks, Cape Arago Viewpoint, Sea cliffs [Ask for #274.026.]

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Bandon's Cliffs


May 2016. Bandon, a town of 3,000 just a half-hour drive south of Coos Bay, may well have the most spectacular cliffs and beaches on the Pacific Coast.

OR: South Coast Region, Coos County, Bandon Area, South Beaches, Face Rock State Wayside, House sits atop sheer rock cliffs with a wide sandy beach below, spotted with large hoodoos [Ask for #274.353.]

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Cape Blanco and Port Orford


This 20 mile stretch of coast features beaches, dunes, a lake, and lots of cliffs, with a lighthouse on the top of a cliff and a tiny harbor at the bottom of one.

OR: South Coast Region, Curry County, North Coast, Humbug Mountain Area, Humbug Mountain State Park, Cliff-lined beaches along the Pacific Hwy, US 101 [Ask for #274.430.]

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