Bandon Scenic Ocean Views
This five-mile tour can take you just a few minutes, or if you prefer you can make a real outing of it. Start with a short walking tour of historic Old Town Bandon. The drive starts by traveling along the Coquille River to the Coquille River Museum located in the historic Coast Guard building. The South Jetty County Park is along the route for picnicking, and offers many easy access points to the beach. A lighthouse can be seen from the park. The route returns to Highway 101 via Face Rock Viewpoint State Park.
Bandon State Natural Area
Bandon beach pleasures await the beachcomber, the explorer, the artist and the dreamer. Located along Bandon’s Beach Loop Road, there are several locations with beach access, picnicking and unsurpassed views. Parking is ample at all locations.
Bullards Beach State Park
Bullards Beach is a large, family-oriented park located just two miles north of Bandon. The campground is nestled among shore pines and well protected from the strong ocean breezes. Besides three loops of campsites, the park boasts 13 yurts, making year-round camping a very popular choice. The horse camp features easy access to the beach and dunes for our equestrian campers.
Coquille River Lighthouse
The area around the present-day town of Bandon was inhabited by the Coquille Indians, before white settlers started to arrive in 1850. The bar at the mouth of the river, formed by the interaction of the river and ocean, was a major obstacle for the ships entering the river. At times, only a few feet of water would cover the bar, but still vessels attempted to navigate the river in hopes of reaping the rewards that lay upstream. A Coquille River Lighthouse was the logical step for improving navigation. The lighthouse would act as both a coastal light and a harbor light. Friends of the Lighthouses
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint
Some say they hear a maiden’s voice on the wind and standing on the cliff overlooking the ocean you can easily recognize the “face” on Face Rock. A well-kept trail takes you to the beach.
Recreational opportunities, including whitewater rafting and boating, hiking along the Rogue River trail and excellent fishing.
Powers County Park
Located about 20 miles southeast of Myrtle Point, you’ll find remnants of an early sawmill, a 40-acre recreational lake and stocked pond for year-round fishing. Activities for the family including, children’s play area, horseshoe pits, tennis, basketball, volleyball and the restored pioneer-era cabin located in the town of Powers.
Cherry Creek and Frona County Parks
Situated along historic Coos Bay Wagon Road you’ll experience a bounty of myrtles and big leaf maple, Cherry Creek and the East Fork of the Coquille River, classic playground and picnic areas.
Bastendorff Beach County Park
I’m told it just doesn’t get much better than Bastendorff Beach. About 15 miles west of Coos Bay, you’ll find campsites on the bluff above the beach, picnic tables, large fire pit, basketball court, magnificent children’s playground and horseshoe pits. Bastendorff Beach offers a 2-mile flat expanse of sand, the jetty of the Coos Bay Harbor and botanical garden.
Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area
A hidden gem in the dense coastal forests of southwest Oregon, Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area may be hard to find, but it’s well worth the 24-mile drive from Highway 101. The small parking and picnic area are located along the banks of Glenn and Silver Creeks. Hiking trails wind through scenic canyons to each of the waterfalls that plunge over sheer rock cliffs to moss covered boulders 100 feet below.
Bullard Beach State Park
Features hiking, campgrounds, equestrian trails, a historic lighthouse and a long beach. Up US 101, you’ll find Whisky Run Beach and Seven Devils State Park. Vehicles are permitted on Whiskey Run Beach, though Seven Devils is for hikers.
Cape Arago State Park
Located at the end of Cape Arago Highway about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, Cape Arago is a scenic headland jutting into the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed the “Viewpoint for Marine Animals”, Arago State Park has an excellent vantage point for viewing marine animals that make the offshore rocks their home.
Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site
Located along the Powers Highway, this secluded swimming hole has a shaded myrtlewood grove near the parking area and a sandy beach along the Coquille River just a short way down the hill. Bring your innertube and float along with the river’s gentle current.
Once part of the thriving economy of the Oregon Coast, the rivers that feed Coos Bay are now primarily recreational. Boat ramps along the Coquille River start in Old Town Bandon, and continue nearly 40 miles up the river to Myrtle Point. Popular launches can be found at Rocky Point County Boat Ramp, Riverton County Boat Ramp, Coquille City Boat Ramp and Arago Boat Ramp.
Sandy Creek Covered Bridge
Located along Highway 42 is one of the most unique destinations in the County Park System. The Sandy Creek Covered Bridge is located in the community of Remote and an unusual destination for a picnic.
A popular recreation site for years offers fishing, swimming, surfing, skin diving and boating. Hiking trails connect Sunset Bay with nearby Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks. Along the trail are views of Gregory Point and the Cape Arago lighthouse.
Ten Mile Lakes County Park
The north end of Coos County features the world-famous Oregon Dunes. Plentiful beach access, campgrounds, hiking and equestrian trails, small lakes and large freshwater lakes. Ten Mile Lakes is among the state’s top recreational lakes and one of the largest in “dunes country.” A favorite of anglers, boaters and water skiers, the adjacent park features a sandy beach and shady picnic areas.
William M. Tugman State Park
Located near Highway 101, Tugman State Park is a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Situated on Eel Lake near the community of Lakeside, the park offers 115 campsites, a day-use area and gazebo-style shelter.