The State of Oregon has coastline that runs 363 miles (584 km), from the Columbia river in the north, to the California State border in the south.
The Oregon coast is not a specific geological, environmental, or political entity, but instead includes the entire coast line of Oregon, including the Columbia River Estuary.
The Oregon coast is regarded as three distinct sub-regions. Oregonians consider these three regions to be:
- The north coast, which stretches from the Columbia river to the Cascade head.
- The central coast, which stretches from the Cascade head to Reedsport.
- The south coast, which stretches from Reedsport to the California border.
The largest city on the Oregon coast is Coos Bay, which has a population of 16,000. The most prominent historical site is that of Fort Clatsop outside of Atoria, which was the site of the Lewis and Clark expeditions winter stay on the Oregon coast in 1805-1806.
If you love parks, you’re in for a treat! Did you know? There are over 80 state parks and recreation areas along the entire Oregon coast. The Oregon coast is the location of the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which consists of six wildlife refuges, covering 371 acres of 320 total miles.
While you’re traveling along the coast, make sure you look out for the local marine life. There are several species of marine mammals which live along the coast. Those include harbor seals, the Steller’s sea lion, Northern Elephant seal, and California seal.
Do you love whales? Travel to the Oregon coast in late-December and late-March to watch the whale migrations. The species of whale include Orcas, Humpback and Grays.
The Oregon coastal waters are known to have 16 species of shark, which include the Tiger and Great White shark. A total of 25 people have been bitten by sharks on the Oregon coast since 1900, and all have survived. The most recent incident came in October, 2016.
The Oregon coast is the states’ top tourist destination. Make sure you plan your visit when you’re visiting Oregon!