Oregon Dunes KOA is strategically located to be your home base for all that the Bay Area has to offer. Spend the day in Charleston - Visit and hike the trails at South Slough Estuary, rent a canoe and paddle the estuary, or visit Shore Acres and see the botanical gardens or whale watch from the pavilion. Travel a bit farther on Cape Arago Hwy and walk down to the tide pools. On your way back, watch the sea lions from the overlook. Travel 15 minutes north and enjoy the Umpqua Lighthouse - the only red lens on the Oregon Coast or continue on another 20 minutes and see Roosevelt Elk up close and personal at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area! The following are just some of the hundreds of things to do in our area. Come spend some time with us and see what Coos County has to offer.
Holiday Lights at Shore Acres are a must see from Thanksgiving to New Years
The Oregon Coast is famous for it's historical bridges. Our McCullough Bridge is just one of the many bridges along the coast that are must see sites to see.
The Oregon Coast is famous for its Lighthouses. We have some located both north and south of us. And don't forget to check our store for postcards showing Oregon Coast Lighthouses
Oregon Coast Geology
Check out the fascinating geology of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Secrets Of The Oregon Dunes
This is a great book about the geology of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
There are historic shipwrecks along the coast - follow the Visitor Center Links to see what the area has to discover!
Local Shipwrecks Home Page
Since its origins right here in Oregon in May, 2000 Geocaching has taken off and Coos County is rich with opportunities. To find caches, enter our zip code, 97420, in the Geocaching.com website and you’ll be amazed by the almost 700 caches hidden in our area.
There are about 400 gray whales that do not go as far north as Alaska to feed in the summer. They feed along coasts of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. We generally have whales on the central coast from July through mid November. These whales are seen very close to shore while feeding and can often be seen from many of the same locations indicated on the map. Shore Acres and Umpqua Lighthouse are the two closest vantage points for whale watching.
Established in 1950, the Coos Art Museum is the third oldest Art museum in Oregon. Housed in the former US Post Office, an art deco style building, the museum features multi-discipline changing exhibits and a highly regarded permanent print collection of Contemporary Northwest Art. The Steve Prefontaine Memorial Gallery is on the 2nd floor and features the famed runner’s medals and the running shoes he wore when breaking the record for the 5000m at the University of Oregon
Great local theater at Little Theatre on the Bay
Enjoy the golden age of live melodrama theater at the Sawdust Theatre in Coquille, Oregon. Cheer on brave heroes, ooh and aah over lovely heroines, and boo and hiss at the most dastardly villains ever to take the stage. It's all in good fun and happens every summer at the Sawdust Theatre
The communities of coastal southern Oregon have a special history of self-sufficiency and extensive reliance on waterways. The Coos Historical & Maritime Museum encourages awareness and appreciation of the region's unique history as a key to its future. The museum collects, preserves, and presents images, artifacts, documents and information relevant to that history, and serve the community with lectures, school programs, and author nights as well as exhibits, research services, and a museum store.
The museum, first opened in 1948, has completely outgrown its existing facility and is now in the midst of a capital campaign to construct a new museum, public plaza and wharf complex on the beautiful downtown Coos Bay waterfront.
The Umpqua Discovery Center is an educational and cultural resource for all ages making active, innovative contributions to preserving the Oregon "Tidewater Community" experience. Interactive exhibits and programs illustrate how land, water and people have shaped each other over time.
Located approximately 20 miles from the campground in Charleston, Oregon, Shore Acres has magnificent botanical gardens and spectacular ocean vistas. No matter what the season is, there is always something to do at Shore Acres. Rhodies to Roses, Holiday Light Show, and whale or storm watching covers 12 months of the year.
The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is located approximately 20 miles from Oregon Dunes KOA in Charleston, Oregon. An outing to Charleston makes a wonderful day trip from the campground. The South Slough Estuary is a natural laboratory, studying tides and marine life, among many other things. During the summer months, they offer various guided canoe and kayak tours. Check out their website for more information
Roosevelt elk are Oregon's largest land mammal, weighing up to 1100 pounds and standing as tall as 5 feet as the shoulder. Antlers can reach spreads of nearly three feet. For over 2 decades, visitors have enjoyed seeing these magnificent animals at Dean Creek
The Tide Pools at the end of Cape Arago highway are spectacular. On the way, watch the sea lions from the overlook. Check out Tide Chart information for the dates of your stay.
Off US 101, 24 mi. NE of Coos Bay on Coos River Highway
Don't mistake our Gold and Silver Falls with Silver Falls State Park which is East of Salem!
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Lake, river and stream fishing are popular pursuits. Early summer and late fall salmon runs offer the best chances for a great catch and hearty sportsmen will enjoy the challenges of winter steelhead fishing. Local guides always know those special spots where the "big ones" are hiding and what gear to use. If you can catch Robert or John, they might share some of their favorite fishing and hunting spots!
Betty Kay Charters offers fun and adventure on their 6 hour trips for deep sea fishing and whale watching. Captain Bill and Captain Kathi are ready to give you a memorable, fun fishing experience while teaching you about many species of wildlife.
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Try out your new myrtlewood putters at the Watson Ranch Golf overlooking beautiful Coos Bay, located just a few miles down the road from the campground
World famous Bandon Dunes is 45 minutes south of the campground
West Coast Game Park, the original walk thru Safari, where visitors meet, pet, film, and walk among hundreds of free-roaming wildlife. Bandon is a scenic 45 minute drive from ODKOA. Checkout what the historic town of Bandon has to offer.
align="center">We have our very own covered bridges 1 - 2 hours from the campground. Checkout the Oregon Covered Bridges website.
Be sure to visit our Rules and Regulations page before you ride the ODNRA!