Charleston - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Charleston is a quaint fishing village just eight miles from Coos Bay and North Bend and is located just inside the entrance to the bay. Charleston is home to some of the finest recreation and most beautiful scenery in the Northwest.

The harbor is the heart of this community and serves as a home port to a large commercial fishing fleet. You’ll find a bustling marina serving charter boat operators, sports fishermen, crabbers and recreational boaters. The harbor area includes restaurants, tackle, seafood, and specialty gift shops. Unique seafood restaurants will appease any palette. You can choose from the Portside which sends its own boats out to catch the fresh fish of the day, the Oyster Cove which was featured on Rachel Ray, and the High Tide Café serving arguably the best fish and chips around. If you’d like a more authentic experience, stop by our fish markets. Go to Fisherman’s wharf on the D Docks to pick out your crab to be cooked and cleaned for you to take home or eat right there on the docks or stop by Chuck’s seafood for fresh oysters and clams.

Charleston is Oregon’s Adventure Coast’s gateway to outstanding ocean beaches, state parks, and stunning untouched scenery. Follow Cape Arago Highway and you’ll hit a trifecta of beauty in Sunset Bay State Park, Bastendorff Beach and the renowned Shore Acres State Park. You’ll find world class surfing, kayaking and scuba diving opportunities along with hiking and biking trails suited to all levels.

Featured activities

  • Sharky's Charters

    Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541) 260-9110

    "Fish On!" is a phrase you will hear often while your out fishing with Captain John. If you have been dreaming about an adventure on the Pacific Ocean chasing Tuna, Salmon, Bottomfish, and Crab or exploring the pristine rivers of Oregon's coastal playground for winter steelhead and king salmon than Sharky's Charters is ready to make your dreams a reality. Rest easy knowing Captain John is it the helm, with over thirty years experience on the ocean, have a safe and enjoyable adventure aboard his new 26' North River Seahawk. Sharky's Charters specializes in small groups and can fish up to 6 people, but most trips have smaller crews so that there is plenty of room to land that big one. Plan your coastal adventure with Sharky's Charters!

  • Coos Bay - North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau

    50 Central Ave
    Oregon 97420

Featured accommodations

  • Charleston Marina RV Park

    63534 Kingfisher Road
    Charleston, Oregon 97420

    Chart a course for Charleston. This fishing village offers endless opportunities for outdoor fun, whether you want a weekend getaway, family vacation or just a day for adventure. Charleston is located on the breathtaking scenic and rugged south coast. Launch your boat to access Coos Bay's thriving salmon fishery. Bring binoculars to bird and whale watch. Go clamming or crabbing. Explore nearby state parks and beaches, or shop in charming Charleston.

Featured Events

  • AmpSurf 2019 Learn to Surf Series presents Oregon’s 1st Adaptive Surf Clinic Sunday

    Bastendorff Beach
    63377 Bastendorf Beach Rd
    Charleston, Oregon 97420
    August 18, 2019

    AmpSurf 2019 Learn to Surf Series presents Oregon’s first adaptive surf clinic at Bastendorff Beach in Coos Bay.

    The event begins at 8 a.m. A beach clean up follows at 12 p.m. and lunch begins at 12:30 p.m.

    Don’t miss Oregon’s first adaptive surf clinic. Sign up to participate at AmpSurf’s website.

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  • 10th Annual Sunset Bay Angler Of The Day Kayak Fishing Challenge

    Sunset Bay State Park
    Charleston, Oregon
    August 24, 2019

    The Sunset Bay Angler Of The Day Kayak Fishing Challenge is an annual Kayak-only Fishing competition held on the ocean in Coos Bay Oregon. The launch site is at Sunset Bay State Park. The entry fee is $35 and there are many great prizes available to win.

    The tournament starts at 5:30 a.m., and the measure-in ends at 2 p.m. This is a point based competition with points per inch values assigned to all the species available to catch on the fishing grounds. The largest single fish from each category will count towards your total. The angler with the most points wins. This competition will test your skill as an angler as you have to target different species with different techniques to be successful. After the fishing there will be a potluck dinner and awards ceremony at the launch site. Cabezon 7 points,  Chinook 4 points,  Coho 5 points,  Flounder 8 points,  Greenling 10 points,  Halibut 4 points,  Lingcod 5 points,  Rockfish 8 points,  Surf Perch 12 points.

  • Crabbing Around with the South Slough Reserve

    Charleston Visitor Center
    91141 Cape Arago Hwy
    Charleston, Oregon 97420
    August 24, 2019

    Meet at the Charleston Visitor Center to go Crabbing with the South Slough staff. Learn about the amazing life cycle of, and various techniques used for capturing this delectable crustacean.

    Dress for the weather and meet at the Charleston Visitors Center. This event is free.

    To sign up, visit website or call (541)888-5558 (ext. 126).

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