The communities of Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston are situated on Oregon’s Pacific Coast in Coos County, approximately 110 miles north of the California border and roughly 115 miles southwest of Eugene. Located in Coos Bay, Oregon’s largest natural deep-water port, the Bay Area is midway between Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California.
The Bay Area is renowned for its recreational opportunities and stunning beauty! Dozens of parks dot the coastline, lakes, and rivers of Coos County providing a variety of settings and activities for day use and overnight camping. Trails abound, as well, for biking, hiking, and RV fun. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area provides camping areas and trails for off-road vehicles, horses and hikers. Many boat launches dot the bay, sloughs, and rivers making recreational crabbing, clamming, kayaking, and fishing a local pastime. Coos County is home to the Bandon Dunes golf resorts which are world-renowned and host guests from around the world.
The coastal parks provide breathtaking views, making them popular with hikers, photographers, and painters. Public tennis courts, Boys and Girls Club, disc golf courses, swimming pools, and bowling alley facilities are all available in the community. We have excellent public and private schools, a wonderful community college and culinary institute, and a state-of-the-art public hospital. More information can be found at the Chamber of Commerce site.
Coos County has a marine climate – mild and humid – resulting from the moderating influences of the Pacific Ocean and from the rainfall induced by the Coast Range. From March through October, the area is subject to prevailing winds from the northwest. From November through February, winds come mainly from the southwest. The Bay Area’s most recent 30-year annual average shows recorded precipitation of 63 inches, measured at the Southwest Regional Airport in North Bend. The majority of rain falls in November, December, and January. Summer months tend to be drier, particularly in July and August. Temperature extremes are rare, with annual mean highs of 59 degrees and annual mean lows of 45 degrees. Given the average elevation – Coos Bay at 10’ and North Bend at 16’ above sea level – snowfall is rare.
U.S. Highway 101, the major north-south coastal highway, runs through both Coos Bay and North Bend. The area is linked to Interstate 5 via state highways 42 (Coos Bay to Roseburg), 38 (Reedsport to I-5 at Curtain) and 126 (Florence to Eugene). The Southwest Regional Airport is served by flights which provide service to San Francisco, CA. In the summer months, United Airlines provides two flights per week directly to Denver, CO.