# 73 Visit an Estuarine Research Reserve

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Mar 132018

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1974 to better understand what affects the health and productivity of the various habitats of the Coos estuary, and to determine a way to restore and prevent further habitat destruction.  The Reserve contains over 4,700 acres of freshwater wetlands and ponds, salt marshes, eelgrass meadows, open water habitats and forested uplands.  Visitors will see animals such as black-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, beavers, seals and bald eagles.  There are also many varieties of plants, many of which are only found in this area.

Be sure to stop at the Visitors Center before heading out on the trails.  Major activities at the reserve include K-12 and adult education, ecological research and monitoring and wetland restoration.  The reserve is open from dawn to dusk every day and is located about four miles south of Charleston on Cape Arago Highway.  For more information, call 541-888-5558.




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# 74 Take a Walk at Shore Acres State Park

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Mar 122018

Take Cape Arago Hwy south and in a few minutes you will find yourself in the paradox that is Shore Acres State Park. Here a rugged and pristine seashore contrasts with the cultivated beauty of carefully tended gardens. The dramatic and wild seascape is complimented by the orderly Victorian gardens. Stroll down the trail to Simpson Cove, a secluded inlet where turbulent waves crash into weathered rocks, or skirt the cliffs on the trail above and stop at the overlook to watch sea lions cavort. In season, the overlook also provides an observation point for migrating whales. Friends of Shore Acres sponsors a half dozen botanical events annually, from mid-April through late September. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve the gardens are ablaze in holiday lights. A fully enclosed observation building with excellent views of the sea offers a comfortable vantage point. Shore Acres State Park is near the end of Cape Arago Hwy, 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay, (541) 888-2472.

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# 75 Catch a Charter Fishing Trip

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Mar 112018


When it comes to fishing on the Oregon Coast, Charleston has a number of charter fishing companies, offering seasonal excursions that leave from the harbor.

On a typical charter excursion from Charleston harbor, you can fish for a wide variety of bottom fish, like Blue, Black, Tiger Rock Fish; Cabazone, Yellow Tail, Vermilion and Ling Cod are abundant as well. Most charters in Charleston also offer seasonal excursions for Salmon, Tuna and Halibut, which are found in the deeper coastline waters.

Whether your entire family likes to fish, or just take in the magnificent ocean scenery and wildlife, chartering an excursion out of Charleston will give you a perspective of the Oregon coastline that can only be experienced from the sea. Depending on the time of year, you can see ocean mammals that migrate through, or make their home in the local waters, such as seals, sea lions, otter, whales and more!

One of the long-time charter mainstays in Charleston is Betty Kay Charters. Their priority is your safety and making your charter trip a memory that lasts a lifetime. They also offer nature eco tours. There is a minimum of 6 passengers to book a nature cruise. This cruise includes Charleston harbor, the Cape Arago Lighthouse, the beautiful Charleston bay and the coastline. You’ll learn about and view the maritime industry at work, as well as birds and mammals of the Pacific Ocean coastline.

WHERE: 90389 Albacore Lane – Charleston

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CALL: 800-752-6303


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# 76 Check Out Cape Arago State Park & Lighthouse

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Mar 102018

Cape Arago State Park may be at the end of the Cape Arago Hwy, about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, but it can be the beginning of your experience exploring this very scenic part of the Oregon Coast. The Cape itself is one of the most scenic headlands to be found on this section of the Oregon coast, and was first sighted by European explorers in the late 1500s, by Sir Francis Drake’s expedition. However, even in the early 1500s the site had long been used by Native Americans.The South Cove Trail will take you down to a sandy beach and superior tidepools where you can see many intertidal plants and animals—but please enjoy them with your eyes only. The North Cove Trail provides access to favorite fishing, beachcombing and viewing sites for offshore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island. The trail is closed March 1 to June 30 to protect seal pups. The park also offers picnic tables, gazebos and restrooms. The park is free and open year-round. The Cape Arago Light is found on Cape Arago Hwy, at the entrance to Coos Bay. If you would like more information about the lighthouse, call the U.S. Coast Guard at (541) 756-9669. For more information about Cape Arago State Park, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 77 Spend the Day at Charleston Marine Life Center

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Mar 092018

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Located on the edge of the harbor in Charleston, OR, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s Charleston Marine Life Center (CMLC) is an exciting place for discovery. All ages can explore the remarkable diversity of marine life off Oregon — from the coast to the deep sea. Walk in under real gray and killer whale skeletons, and find yourself surrounded by aquaria. Watch chitons and sand dollars move along, search for nudibranchs (shell-less snails) among sponges, and find different rockfish in the kelp tank. Roll up your sleeves to carefully explore the tidepool touch tank, and watch baby salmon in a giant 1200-gallon tank. In the off-shore gallery, get face-to-face with strange looking specimens from the deep sea and watch underwater video of deep reefs and undersea vents and volcanoes. From the CMLC’s windows and open-air fisheries exhibit, take in the stunning view and look out over the harbor as fi shing boats unload their catch. Learn about ongoing marine science research, check out a working ROV (remotely operated vehicle), and challenge your family and friends at the marine mammal sound station.

For more information on hours and programs, call (541) 888-2581.

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