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Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston are
known as Oregon's Bay Area. With the largest natural harbor between
Seattle and San Francisco, Coos Bay is a major shipping and manufacturing
center. Until the recent lumber shortages, it was also the largest
timber shipping port in the world. North Bend, along with Coos
Bay, forms the largest urban area on the Oregon Coast. Travelers
on US 101 will see foreign vessels coming into the docks, massive
wood chip piles for paper production and formerly bustling lumber
mills. Charleston, nine miles west on Cape Arago Highway, is an
old waterfront fishing village. It is also a premier sports fishing
harbor, and one of the state's busiest commercial fishing ports.
Recreation is also a favorite pastime
in the bay area. Three spectacular state parks offer many diversions
to visitors. Sunset Bay State Park, located southwest of Charleston
on the Cape Arago Hwy., has a small, protected bay surrounded
by picturesque cliffs. It is suitable for swimming, which is unusual
for the Oregon coast. Divers, surfers and boaters also enjoy the
warm bay waters. Year round camping is available, as well as hiking.
Watching the sunset over the ocean from the cliff side trail, which
connects the three parks, is a popular activity. The park is near
one of the three golf courses in the Bay area.
Shore Acres State Park is the former grand
estate of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson.
Simpson built a luxurious summer home on a scenic bluff high above
the Pacific Ocean, which was later destroyed by fire in 1921.
Currently, the park's attractions include beautiful gardens featuring
trees, shrubs and flowering plants from around the world. The
garden features year round displays of scenic and floral beauty,
in addition to the annual "Holiday Lights at Shore Acres"
event in December. A fully enclosed observation building was constructed
on the site of Simpson's home, offering magnificent views of towering
waves, rugged cliffs and glimpses of migrating whales from December
Located on a 134 acre narrow coastal promontory
jutting half a mile into the ocean, Cape Arago State Park offers
wild vistas of the pounding sea, as well as of Oregon's sea stacks.
Picnic tables are scattered about the bluffs, and hiking trails
lead to numerous tide pools along the beach. This park is also
a good place to view marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and
Tour a myrtle wood factory and see crafts people
make wooden bowls, ornamental clocks, spoons, and many more items
out of this dense, fine grained wood. The House of Myrtlewood
just off US 101 in Coos Bay has a large gift shop with many myrtlewood
items, as well as other Oregon products such as gourmet foods.
Explore the southern Oregon coast, and
discover Oregon's Bay Area.