The South Oregon & North California Coast

Cape Blanco
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Tide pooling
Cape Sebastian
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Lower (West) Rogue River Trail
Dunes
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Redwoods

 

COVID-19 Status

The families on the Oregon coast ask that everyone abide by the States of Oregon  and California directives in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What makes the Oregon and California coasts so beautiful is also its weakness during this pandemic. It is isolated and relatively unpopulated.  That means it is difficult to get supplies in, and its medical facilities are limited.  The people need their hospitals to be available for those living in the area and not overwhelmed with visitors who travel from areas where healthcare is more available.
Additionally, their food stores are not setup to handle people who arrive and then purchase large amounts of needed supplies.

During this emergency, please stay home and plan to visit us in the future.

Thank you.

Fall on the Oregon / California Coast

River swimming

The rivers are still warm for swimming, the fish are running, the birds are sunning themselves and the weather is the best of the year.  The coast never gets crowded, but it is even less so in September and October.  We are the best kept secret of California and Oregon.  Few venture in, and those that do are richly rewarded.
So travel off the beaten path and discover what others have described as one of the most scenic stretches in the world, the Northern California and Southern Oregon coasts.

Sightseeing

Cape Sebastian viewpoint south of Gold Beach
View from Cape Sebastian.

This is some of the most spectacular scenery in the world with massive ocean cliffs, soaring marine birds, wild and scenic rivers, lighthouses, wide sandy beaches, fishing villages, sea lions and nature hikes. Weather in the summer and fall is cool, with sunny days and highs in the mid-60’s to mid-70’s. Motels are available for every budget and expectation, many with ocean or river views.  More information…

The Drive

Rogue River Bridge on US Route 101
The beautiful drive.

Driving the coast means that you must travel on US Route 101, as there are not any other major roads. The land is sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains. There are a few roads that travel over the mountains, but none that parallel the ocean for any significant distance. This portion of US Route 101 is removed from large urban areas and has open roads with easy, pleasurable travel that makes driving fun again.  For more information, see our “Getting Here” guide.

Beaches

Beach scenery from viewpoint off of US Route 101
Wide beautiful deserted beaches.

The beaches are natural, uncrowded, undeveloped and wide open. A busy day at the beach is seeing another person.  The massive dunes are to the north in an continuous stretch of sand. Further to the south, the beach is divided by high cliffs cutting off the beach into sections, some of which are miles long. Others are hidden into coves or a ‘Secret Beach’.

Camping and RV’s

Camping along the coast in the redwoods
Camping in the Redwoods.

There are at least 32 public camping spots and many more private facilities. Camp along the beach with views of the ocean while others are located further inland or up one of the many Wild and Scenic Rivers. There is RV camping, some with full hookups and all amenities. Other RV sites are more isolated with privacy in the forest. On the north, there are campgrounds that cater to ATV dunebuggy quad riding.  More information…

The Rogue River,
Fishing, and the Wild River Coast

Salmon fishing on the coastal rivers
A great day fishing!

See the famous Rogue River, along with the lesser known but beautiful Chetco, Sixes, Umpqua, Klamath, and Elk rivers with their legendary Salmon runs.

Ocean fishing is great and available from the harbor towns of Crescent City, Brookings, Port Orford, Bandon, Winchester Bay and Reedsport.

The Dunes

Oregon Dunes and ATVs
The Dunes.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area starts at Coos Bay and heads north through Reedsport. It is magnificent, massive and can only be found here. The best way to see it is by renting an ATV. Never been on a dune buggy before? Let the experts show you how and then have a great time.  More information…

Ecotourism and Hiking

Hiking on the Illinois River Trail near Gold Beach
Great hiking and excellent trails.

Participate in outdoor activities like boating, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, nature walks, and hiking along the beach or in the Siskiyou National Forest / Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

Hikes are available for everyone. There are short easy hikes to amazing viewpoints, as well as ones that can challenge even the most experienced. Several of the hikes listed include downloadable free files for GPS units or for Google Earth, to make finding your way even easier.  More information…

Cycling

Cycling the Oregon and California coasts
Cycling the coast

Bicyclists will find less automobile traffic, wide shoulders and lots of places to see, plenty of campsites and an abundance of bike friendly hotels and restaurants. Much of US Highway 101 hugs the ocean, offering amazing sights and views from the road while bicycling.  More information…

Whale Watching

Whale watching
Whale watching spoken here.

Whales migrate up and down the coast all year long so anytime is good to grab your binoculars and look for whales.  Winter migration south continues, then spring arrives and they start moving back north. More information…

The Towns on the Oregon & California Coast

To the north is Reedsport, the headquarters of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area; passes through the Bay Area of Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston; onto the dramatic views of Port Orford, Gold Beach and Brookings; then continues onto Crescent City, Klamath, Arcata and Eureka. Bandon, located in the middle, is home to the famous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, listed as one of the top five golf courses in the US.

New visitors to the area may wonder why we define “northern California” as Eureka on north without mentioning San Francisco. To those who think that San Francisco is “north California” have never been to the real north California and are in for a treat.

It is time to take a relaxing vacation and see how remarkable America can be.

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