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Coos Bay / Cape Arago SP in Oregon

A self-supported trip created by navigator902

Trip Overview

About fifteen miles southwest of Coos Bay, an experience exploring this very scenic part of the Oregon Coast. One of the most scenic headlands here on the South Oregon coast. Sir Francis Drake's expedition in late 1500 discovered the site, long been used by Native Americans. From the boat landing on the beach at Sunset Bay, a sandy beach and tide pools, as you paddle south past Shore Acres, Cape Argo light House, and Seven Devils where seals and sea lions rest on Shell islands off shore. The fishing of rock cod, link, and many other varieties of seasonal fishing is a fair weather pursuit.

Paddling for the advanced skipper is available for day time use. Hours of paddling are possible, depending on sea conditions. Sea life is in abundance where you can see many intertidal plants and animals - but please look but don't touch. The site is closed March 1 to June 30th to protect seal pups. Have fun.


Coos Bay, North Bend area has many facilities for accommodations, all at reasonable prices. The boat ramp is free and parking too. All facilities for fish cleaning are available. Boat ramp is right on the Ocean.


no fees


From U.S. 101 in Coos Bay, turn into town from the bay on Newmark St., west to Cape Argo Hwy. Follow it to Charleston, and down along Bastendorff Beach, next is Lighthouse Beach, Cape Argo Lighthouse, and then Sunset Bay. All within 3 miles.


Bastendorff Beach Park
phone (541)888-5353

Up-to-date water level flows:
Coos Bay Bar Report(541-888-3102)


"101 Things to do" Western Oregon & The Coast.; "Parks of Coos County"; "Coastal Rivers Scenic Loop Guide Book;

All these are recommended, and can be picked up for free at the visitor center on Hwy 101 at the waterfront.

U.S.C.G. Coos Bay
Tide Tables available from Oregon State Parks.

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean

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