The Empire Lakes in Coos Bay Oregon are located off of Newmark Avenue just west of Wal-Mart. There are two lakes; the Upper and Lower. Each lake provides something a bit different, but they both offer some great trout fishing , swimming, biking, birdwatching and great hiking trails. At one point you can see Southwestern Oregon Community College which borders one of the lakes. Boating of all types is welcome provided you do NOT use a motor. The lakes are small enough that a row-boat, kayak, or canoe are perfect for fishing. The area is home to a number of bird species making it the perfect place to bring out your binoculars and cameras and partake in some lovely views. Don’t forget your fishing licenses .