Description - Oregon's Coast offers miles of beach and dune which are all open to the public. Outstanding scenery, mild temperatures and numerous recreation opportunities make the coast one of the most popular regions in the state. The terrain varies from huge monoliths standing off the coast, to sand dunes of 40 miles in length and more than 550 feet tall, to long, wide-open stretches of sand, trimmed by wind-carved spruce and fir trees.
- State Parks and Waysides line the coast. Alfred A. Loeb, Bullards Beach, Cape Blanco, Harris Beach, Humbug Mountain, Sunset Bay and William M. Tugman are some of the larger state parks on the South Coast.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is located between Florence and Coos Bay on the central coast and covers 32,000 acres. This is an unique and exciting landscape which readily lends itself to recreation.
The Siskiyou National Forest encompasses a portion of the Coast Range, inland from the south coast. World-class rivers, biological diversity, fisheries, and complex watersheds rank the Siskiyou high in the nation as an outstanding resource.
Recreation - This beautiful area offers excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Gray whales migrate along the shores of the Oregon coast from December through April, although there is often a pod that stays off shore year round. There are dozens of whale watching viewpoints off the Oregon Coast as well as whale watching tours by charter boat. World-class salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing may be found on the rivers flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
Other popular recreation activities include hiking and walking on the beaches, hiking in the adjacent mountains, viewing the scenery and wildlife, bird-watching, camping, picnicking, swimming and surfing.
Climate - The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.
The South Coast stretches from Reedsport and the Umpqua River, south to the California border.
U.S. Highway 101 runs the length of the coast and is the primary access through this region. Coos Bay, North Bend and Brookings are some of the larger communities in this region.