• Sunset Bay is a sheltered cove, protected by sea cliffs and sandstone bluffs
• The bay is suitable for swimming that is rare for the Oregon Coast
A popular camping and day-use state park, Sunset Bay is one of the most picturesque destinations along the Cape Arago Highway, 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay and 3 miles southwest of Charleston. The relatively shallow cove is protected by sea cliffs and sandstone bluffs at the bay mouth. A wind blowing quietly, water is warmer and more tranquil than any other place along the Oregon Coast.
According to a local legend, pirates used this well-protected bay as a hiding haunt. Another interesting feature is the ghost forest that was created by a earthquake 1,200 years ago.
Surrounded by sandstone cliffs and reefs, this protected cove with a 0.2-mile sandy beach is an excellent place for picnicking, beachcombing, boating, surfing, kayaking, diving, swimming, and fishing. At the peak of the summer season, the water is still cool, but warms up enough to swim in, which is rare for the Pacific Northwest.
The campground with RV and tent sites is a just short walk from the beach. Sunset Bay Golf Course is located near the park.
Shallow reefs outside of the mouth block the waves that makes the bay is a safe harbor for kayak fishing boats. This is great spot to fish for rockfish and perch.
Sunset Bay State Park is home to the Angler of the Day tournament taking place in late August.
The eight-mile hiking trail along Cape Arago Highway is a part of the Oregon Coastal Trail. The route connects Sunset Bay State Park to Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks. Along the trail, you will enjoy the pristine coastal forest, cliffs, stunning ocean panoramas, Cape Arago Lighthouse, Gregory Point, Shore Acres State Park, and sea lions at Simpson Reef and Shell Island. The 2.5-mile trail leads to Bastendorff Beach County Park.
Pets are allowed on the trail but should be kept on a leash no longer than six feet, pets waste must be removed. Pets are not allowed to enter Shore Acres State Park, however, they could stay on the trail.
The campground is open year-round includes 30 full-hookup sites, 35 electrical sites with water, 65 tent sites with water nearby, and 8 yurts. Each site has a picnic table and fireplace with a grate. Book the site up to six month in advance at the website.
Sunset Bay | General Description
Managed by: Oregon State Park
Amenities: Paved parking, boat launch area, reservable meeting hall, picnic tables, firewood on sale, fish cleaning station, flush toilets, and showers
Activities: Swimming, watersports, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, scenic viewpoints
Day-use fees: None
Usage: Moderate to high
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Accommodations: Campground with 30 full-hookup sites, 35 electrical sites with water, 65 tent sites with water nearby, and 8 yurts
Sunset Bay State Park is located:
- 11 miles southwest of Coos Bay
- 83 miles west of Roseburg
- 125 miles southwest of Eugene.
Directions to Sunset Bay State Park
From Highway-101 in North Bend
- Turn west onto Virginia Avenue and follow 0.6 miles to Broadway Avenue
- Turn left onto Broadway Avenue and go 0.9 miles to Newmark Avenue
- Bear right onto Newmark Avenue and drive 1.8 miles to Cape Arago Highway
- Turn left onto Cape Arago Highway and continue for 7.7 miles to Sunset Bay State Park.
Phone: 541-888-4902, 800-452-5687 (for reservation)