Oregon Coast: Beaches & Boardwalks, Part II

Bandon You Are Here
You are Here (in Bandon)

North of Coos Bay is a raw spit of land with miles of dunes. Some of them giant and filled with various noisy UTVs and OHVs. The plover and the USDA are on their own at this National Recreation Area.

For camping and other information at Horsfall, click Horsfall Recreation

Horsfall Dunes

Coos Bay

Mingus Park

In the middle of Coos Bay is Mingus Park complete with a ballpark, skatepark, playground, picnic areas, benches, ponds, gardens, tennis court, swimming pool and restrooms.

Mingus Park pond Coos Bay

We favored the ponds and gardens. Part of the park is a Japanese garden dedicated to sister city – Choshi, Japan. Only a mile of trails – but enough to explore or sit to people-watch.

Mingus Park Choshi Coos Bay

Surrounding this garden is a forest and beyond that – a regular residential neighborhood.

Mingus Park Coos Bay

On the WaterfrontCoos Bay Welcome

Near downtown Coos Bay is a boardwalk along the bay with interpretive signs, tour boats and fishing boats. You’d have to walk back and forth to get any distance – but that’s okay. They’re building a new Visitor Center – that will add to the walking distance.

Coos Bay Boardwalk

As part of revitalizing Coos Bay, some artist are having fun. See this other ‘Bay Area.’

Coos Bay Area

For more information on the town, click Coos Bay.


On the Coquille River this town was deemed a port in 1913, but was busy from the 1880s with lumber. On a Sunday morning, it looked like people were going to crab church.

Bandon Crabbing

In Bandon, the art includes huge wood sculptures,

Bandon Crab Sculpture

And an unusual hanging of paintings off the railing

Bandon Art and Harbor

An organization called Washed Ashore created a couple of other pieces of artwork – this one is Henry the Fish, made mostly of discarded/washed ashore plastics.

Bandon Henry the FishPark north of Bandon, try Bullards Beach State Park.
And south of Bandon, the Bandon State Natural Site

Click, Walking and Hiking site with several trails and information on length, trail type, etc. Though I think their difficulty has to do with sand or dirt or paved not with elevation changes.

‘My people’ live in Bandon too. Very hip cup of coffee with art at Bandon Coffee Cafe.

We stopped and drove by many other places along the rest of the Oregon coast, but not always with great pictures and always unreadable notes – sorry.

For a few state parks: Click for Port Orford.  Gold Beach to Brookings – State Parks south of town      Pistol River      Cape Sebastian   Boardman

Mingus boardwalk Coos Bay
Mingus boardwalk Coos Bay
Bandon Pier Find Cole
Bandon Pier – Find Cole

We do make it home to California with stops in Crescent City and Arcata. More later.

See you on the trail!

Lynn Millar

Photos by Mike Millar copyright 2013, available upon request.

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