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We have it all! Take a Historic Walking Tour of Coos Bay learn to Build a Boat or Tour the Dunes. Visit downtown’s Coos Art Museum for world class exhibits. Enjoy the nationally acclaimed Oregon Coast Music Festival in July. Visit the annual holiday lights display at nearby Shore Acres State Park in December. Coos Bay’s downtown farmer’s market on Wednesdays is very popular. With the ocean just a few miles away, the Bay, and abundant coastal rivers and forests, you can enjoy great fishing and a wide variety of outdoor activities.
For more information, call the Visitor Information Center at (541) 269-0215 or stop by the facility at 50 Central Avenue across from the Boardwalk and City Docks. Also, available as a resource is the constantly updated Oregons Adventure Coast website at http://www.oregonsadventurecoast.com/ which will provide ideas for fun things to do, shopping information, walking tours, adventure itineraries, and many other things.
Summer hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Winter hours of operation are the same with the exception of no hours on Sunday.
× What is the phone number to the Better Business Bureau? The phone number is (503) 212-3022
× Does the Library Provide Internet Access?
Public Internet computers are available for hour-long or 15 minute sessions in the library. Wireless Internet is available throughout the building for those who have their own computers or wireless devices.
Plenty to do, relaxed atmosphere
The natural scenic beauty of the bay, rivers, lakes, and dunes provide a peaceful lifestyle and hours of recreational activities. The city is within 20 minutes of the Pacific Ocean, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, picnicking, and camping.
Visit downtown’s Coos Art Museum for world class exhibits. Enjoy the nationally acclaimed Oregon Coast Music Festival in July. Visit the annual holiday lights display with over 200,000 lights at nearby Shore Acres State Park in December. Coos Bay’s downtown farmer’s market on Wednesdays is popular with residents and visitors from March through October. With the ocean just a few miles away, the Bay, and abundant coastal rivers and forests, residents enjoy great fishing and a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Art, history and culture
The Coos Art Museum is located in downtown Coos Bay in the building that was the former city post office. The permanent collection includes contemporary American prints and Northwest art, in addition to changing and permanent exhibitions. Several galleries display local artists. The Steve Prefontaine Memorial Collection is located on the 2nd floor. www.coosart.org.
For a look at local history, visit the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum located next to Simpson Park on Hwy 101 in North Bend. The museum’s displays transport visitors back in time to Coos and Coquille Indians’ culture and the legacy of the region’s first settlers. www.cooshistory.org. The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum, located on Front Street, offers a look at the unique turn of the century newspaper and printing shop. The Marshfield Sun weekly newspaper began publication in 1891 and continued until 1944.
The Oregon Coast Historic Rail Museum displays railroad and logging equipment in an outdoor setting and is located between the Bay and Hwy 101 near Ingersoll Street. On display are a restored 1922 Baldwin steam locomotive that worked in the region’s forests, and sawmill and logging equipment. The museum and gift shop holds a small collection of photos and railroad memorabilia www.orcorail.org.
A combination of great weather and scenic beauty make the Bay Area a golfer’s paradise.
There are five golf courses ranging from family owned to nationally known courses, each providing a unique experience.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a nationally known course and offers three unique courses, a pro shop, lodge and restaurant, cabins, and a pub featuring breathtaking views of the ocean, forest, and dunes.
Bandon Crossings is a new course designed around the natural contours of sand dunes, over streams and into open coast forest. Watson Ranch, located south of Coos Bay, is open year round and is a semi‐private course open to the public with golf pro and riving range.
Sunset Bay Golf Course in located three miles south of the community of Charleston adjoining Sunset Bay State Park. This is a family friendly course in a natural valley setting adjacent to camping, picnicking and the beach.
Festivals and Events
Festivals and Events. Events planned within the City of Coos Bay include a variety of community gatherings to encourage social interaction among family and friends. Additional events held in Bandon, Charleston, Coquille, Lakeside and North Bend offer an even wider option for residents to enjoy. A list of festivals and events is available at www.oregonsadventurecoast.com with a brief list as follows:
- Farmer’s Market, May through October
- Charleston Crab Feed, February
- Jazz Festival, March
- Clamboree, June
- 4th of July in Mingus Park
- Oregon Coast Music Festival, July
- North Bend July Jubilee
- Coos County Fair, July
- Charleston Seafood Festival, August
- Blackberry Arts Festival, August
- Bay Area Fun Festival, September
- Prefontaine Run, September
- Bandon Cranberry Festival, September
- Tree Lighting Ceremony, November through New Years Eve
Mild Marine Climate
Coos Bay enjoys a mild, marine climate resulting from the moderating influences of the Pacific Ocean and from the rainfall induced by the Coast Range. The majority of our rain falls between November and January for an average annual rainfall of 64 inches. The temperature averages in the mid 50s, with August and September ranking as the warmest months.
Planes, trains and automobiles
Highway System. US Highway 101 follows the entire coast of Oregon and flows through the City of Coos Bay. The area is linked to Interstate 5 via state highways 42 (Coos Bay to Roseburg), 38 (Reedsport to I‐5 at Curtin) and 126 (Florence to Eugene).
Air Service. The Bay Area and Coos County are served by Southwest Oregon Regional Airport and include Air Carriers, Executive Aircraft Accommodations, and Shipping Facilities. SkyWest provides four flights daily to Portland, with additional flights to San Francisco beginning the spring of 2008. Airport services and flight information may be obtained from the website www.flyoth.com airport business park provides an ideal environment for business startups.
Port District. The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is the public port authority for the Bay Area and is Oregon’s second busiest maritime port. As “Oregon’s Gateway”, the port actively seeks ways to promote maritime trade and transportation, and the seafood industry. The Port is a one of the area’s greatest assets and is an important part of the city’s economic health.
Rail Service. The Port of Coos Bay finalized acquisition of the rail line in March 2009 after Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad (CORP) discontinued service in September 2007. The Port has successfully obtained funding to repair the line and it is anticipated rail service will begin late summer 2011. Rail service is vital for the economy of southern Oregon. More information on the rail line is available on the Port’s website www.portofcoosbay.com.
Public Transit. Public transportation is provided by Coos County Area Transit (CCAT), a non‐profit organization. Other transportation includes Yellow Cab Taxi Company and Enterprise Rent a Car.
Midway between San Francisco and Seattle on scenic Highway 101
The Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston area is an all season destination, with sporting opportunities, from fishing to tackling the Oregon Sand Dunes. Explore our bay beaches, hiking trails, and beauty of our parks.
The City of Coos Bay is located on the Pacific Coast Highway, US 101, midway between San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA, on Oregon’s south coast. “Oregon’s Bay Area”, Coos Bay, shares a position on the Bay with the City of North Bend and the unincorporated village of Charleston. The Bay, with its sloughs and inlets, is the largest coastal estuary in the state and is the largest deep‐draft maritime commerce center between the Columbia River and San Francisco Bay.