Right near downtown Coos Bay is a very nice harbor area that is worth a quick stop to wander and have a bite to eat. The boardwalk is a short stretch of wood plank pier that has a fish market, a number of informative displays, and great views of the bay and harbor. There are a number of exhibits that present the history of Coos Bay and particularly the lumber industry that played such a huge role in the town's development. There is a tugboat, the "Koos #2," on display, and there is a nice area to stroll and have lunch at one of the picnic tables. The nearby downtown has lots of shopping, coffee shops and restaurants as well as the historic Egyptian Theater, home of Oregon's last remaining original theater pipe organ.
A shellfish license is required for anyone over 12 years old. Before heading out, be sure to call the Shellfish Hotline at 1.800.448.2474 to confirm seasonal closures, or visit the State of Oregon's Shellfish Biotoxin Closure page.
Call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 1.800.448.2474 for more information.
A profound concept originally envisioned by governor Oswald West, in 1967 the Oregon legislature ultimately realized his vision of making the entire Oregon Coast forever open to the public in a piece of landmark legislation titled the Oregon Beach Bill, officially making all 363 miles public land. "The People's Coast" is truly a one-of-a-kind coastline, a unique blend of mountains and rocky stacks, towering old growth forests, marine sanctuaries, tide pools and kelp forests, charming towns, historic fishing communities, world-class golfing, breweries, and simply jaw-dropping scenic beaches. We encourage you to plan your next trip at visittheoregoncoast.com or by calling (541) 574-2679.