Southern Oregon Beaches
Beachcombing / Tide Pooling
Southern Oregon Beaches are located on the coastal plain of the Pacific Ocean. On the Southern Oregon coast we have a marine climate. The Pacific Ocean currents keep temperatures the warmest in the state during the winter, seldom below freezing with snow being rare on the Southern Oregon Coast. Winter here starts in late December and it is Spring again by mid February. Rainfall is high on the coast keeping the Coastal Rain Forest green year around. Even though we are likely to get 80 inches of rain or more per year here it seems like a lot less. Most rainstorms start as the sun sets and are finished by sunrise, however some large rain events will start at sunrise and continue to the next sunrise. It almost never rains a little bit. Rain falls at high rates for short times to be followed by glorious weather. That’s how it is on the coast. We get almost no rainfall in the summer months, June-July-Aug.-Sept.
Did I say pure ocean air, no smog.
Here you will find fishing a favorite pastime. With 8 Wild and Scenic Rivers, 7 Ocean fishing ports and 150 miles of Ocean Beaches located on the Southern Oregon Coast this area is a fishermen’s paradise. There are more Salmon and Steelhead found here than anywhere else in the continental United States and we have the best bottom fishing on the west coast. Clamming and Crabbing will trill everyone as it is inexpensive and readily available.
Golf on the Southern Oregon Coast is big time. Here you will find some of the best Golf Courses in the west. Fantastic golf weather with un-crowded courses.
On a trip to the coast’s rocky shore, it’s impossible for most visitors to stay away from the tide pools. Tide pooling can be fun and educational, but should be approached with some caution in mind.
Sunset Beach offers one of the many favorite spots in the area to explore.
Southern Oregon Coast Beach Hiking Trails
There are almost as many Coast Beach hiking trails as there are beaches on the Southern Oregon Coast and there is over 150 miles of beaches. All beaches in Oregon are public access by law. Oregon has protected the Ocean Beaches from development and for public access. A bi-product of visionary protection of Oregon’s Beaches is that there is so many beaches to explore that most of the time you will have a hard time finding another foot print if the beach is not right on the highway. The links below are a great place to start your planning for Coast Beach Hiking.
Lighthouse at Cape Blanco
The Cape Blanco lighthouses Fresnel lens was first litup on Dec 20th of 1870. The lighthouse tower which still stands is the highest and oldest and most westerly and most southerly of lighthouses on the Oregon coast. Of the original station buildings, only the tower remains, though there are more recent buildings at the site. The current rotating lens replaced the original in 1936, and in 1992 suffered damage at the hands of a pair of teenage vandals. It was temporarily fixed to resume service, and fully repaired by 1994. Its size is greater than a second order lens, but smaller than a normal first order. The lighthouse is once again open for tours after a closure caused by the break-in.
Directions: From Highway 101 south of the town of Sixes, turn left onto Cape Blanco Rd.
Hours: 10am – 3:30pm, Thursday – Monday, April – October.
Phone: (541) 332-6774 or (800)551-6949 (State Parks & Recreation Department)
Cape Blanco Lighthouse
Cape Blanco State Park
Cape Blanco Light House near Port Orford, Or.
Coquille River Light House
The tiny Coquille River Lighthouse is most often called Bandon lighthouse, because it sits just across the river from that small town. It was first lit in 1896, and its fourth order lens shone until 1939, when the lighthouse was replaced by an automated light on the nearby jetty. The keeper’s dwelling and all other outbuildings were torn down, and the small tower with attached fog signal building then sat in abandonment, neglected and vandalized, until the townspeople of Bandon finally took a liking to it in the mid-1970’s. It has now been restored as part of Bullards Beach State Park, and the fog signal room is open daily. Although it is no longer a navigational aid, the lantern room does display a decorative solar-powered light.
Directions: From Highway 101 two miles north of Bandon, turn west into Bullards Beach State Park. Follow the main road southward all the way to the end.
Hours: The lighthouse’s fog signal room is open from dawn to dusk, and tours of the tower are available by request from the park staff.
Phone: (541)347-2209 (Bullards Beach State Park) or (800)551-6949 (State Parks & Recreation Department)
Bullards Beach State Park
Bandon Light House at Bullards Beach State Park
Bandon, Chamber of Commerce