Seniors Discover Coos Bay

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Oregon’s Bay Area is comprised of the communities of Coos Bay, North Bend, Empire and Charleston. Located in Coos County, they edge the Pacific Ocean and surround Coos Bay, Oregon’s largest natural deep water port.  With the largest natural harbor between Seattle and San Francisco, Coos Bay is a major shipping and manufacturing center.

Though a small area of only 16,000 residents, Coos Bay features a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, clamming, bird watching, sea lion and whale watching, tours, cycling, and 4-wheel rides in the dunes.

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Nearby, the city of Charleston is located at the head of the channel connecting Coos Bay to the Pacific Ocean. The estuary south of town offers senior visitors wildlife viewing and paddling possibilities and is within easy reach of not one, not two, but three scenic state parks just a few minutes out of town.

The city is widely known for the vast amount of wood products which enter and leave the city each day. The phonetic name of the city is ‘küs; the “s” is not said as a “z” and the ü takes on the “oo” sound. Thus Koos Bay is the proper pronunciation.

The Bay Area consists of four cities which include Coos Bay, North Bend, Empire, and Charleston, and is the home to Southwestern Oregon Community College. The Bay area is also the proud home of the Southwestern Oregon Regional Airport (OTH) which offers daily flights to and from major airline destinations.

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Image 6Coos Bay has its history as the city was established in the 1800′s and today there are a large number of interesting and educational places for seniors to visit. Empire is a district in the northwest part of Coos Bay, founded as Empire City in 1853. It was assumed that the area would be the city center, so downtown infrastructure was created.

The beaches and the surrounding areas offer a great opportunity to enjoy many recreational activities. Fishing, hiking, crabbing, ATV riding, mountain biking, boating, hunting, surfing, sea kayaking and many other ‘ing’ words are available at your fingertips.

There are a number of parks in the area, including Mingus Park, Sunset Bay State Park, Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area, Bullards Beach State Park and Shore Acres State Park. Boating and fishing facilities are provided by the Lower Empire Lake, Upper Empire Lake and the Middle Empire Lake.

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Senior tourists can visit the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum and the Coos Art Museum. If attractions aren’t what you’re looking for you can spend a day taking a scenic drive on one of the Coos Bay area’s byways, back-ways, or historical routes exploring the diverse wildlife and scenery.

The Oregon Coast is Oregon’s number one tourist destination. Senior visitors come from all over to enjoy the scenic beauty, historical sites and wide variety of recreation opportunities. You will have many wonderful, scenic memories.  jeb

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