Coos Bay Oregon Recreational and Activities Guidance



Coos Bay is Oregon's largest coastal town located on Historic Highway 101 in the Southwestern part of the State. The city is widely known for the vast amount of wood products which enter and leave the city each day. The phonetic name of the city is 'küs; the "s" is not said as a "z" and the ü takes on the "oo" sound. Thus Koos Bay is the proper pronunciation. The Bay Area consists of four cities which include Coos Bay, North Bend, Empire, and Charleston, and is the home to Southwestern Oregon Community College. The Bay area is also the proud home of the Southwestern Oregon Regional Airport (OTH) which now offers daily flights to and from major airline destinations.

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The city was established in the 1800's and there are a large number of interesting and educational places to visit. You will surely want to visit the Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge, and explore the historic buildings and landmarks. The Bay Area is home to the tallest building located on Oregon's coast. The Tioga building has a long and rich history and stands at nearly 300 feet.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy granted a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay which will be located near Horsefall Beach. The D.O.E. decision clears the way for the liquefied natural gas terminal. An updated application would now allow the project to not only import the gas, but also to export gas to other markets as far away as Asia.

A little known fact about the Bay Area is that Coal Mining was very prosperous in the 1900's. There is a chance some of these mines may be reopened, but an environmental impact study needs to be made before this operation would be considered.


The city has a very moderate climate. I have added a yearly summary table to the coos bay weather page to give you a better idea of the climate and rainfall. Rain can be expected almost daily from Mid-November until Mid-March with very high wind gusts.

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The list of things to do in Coos Bay is almost endless. The Bay area is well-known for its' excellent fishing, crabbing and clamming. The beaches and the surrounding areas offer a great opportunity to enjoy many recreational activities. You will have the the chance to go Whale Watching, view the beautiful estuarys, hike along the ocean's cliffs, go fishing, ride in the dunes and more.

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