Winter steelhead fishing and clamming are popular winter activities on the Oregon Coast, but it doesn’t end there. Watch waves crashing at Shore Acres, visit museums or catch a show at a local theater, tackle the Oregon Dunes or roll the dice at The Mill Casino. Here are some ideas to start planning your wintercation in Oregon’s Adventure Coast:

Fishing and Crabbing
In the Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston area, there’s a fish for every season and a seemingly endless choice of prime fishing spots. Steelhead, crabbing and clamming are the superstars in the winter months, while spring is all about salmon, surf perch and bass. Come year-round by boat, by foot, by kayak or by charters and guides.

Storm Watching
Oregonians know it as storm watching, but it could really be called wave watching. The formation of the cliffs at Shore Acres State Park meet with the mighty Pacific Ocean to create 100-foot waves that are a photographer and ocean lover’s dream.

Coast Culture
Take in a show at Little Theatre on the Bay, visit unique museums and experience the rich artistic culture and maritime history of the Oregon Coast.

Ride On
There’s no place on earth like the Oregon Dunes. Wind-sculpted dunes tower up to 500 feet above sea level and stretch forty miles for non-stop fun. See for yourself why thousands come to our dunes for the thrill of the ride. Adrenaline junkies can rent their own quad, while nature lovers can take a guided tour.

Strike it Rich
Small towns aren’t without big thrills: the Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston area is home to The Mill Casino, where non-stop casino action is waiting for you. With over 700 slots, Vegas-style table games, and two lounges, there’s something going on 24 hours a day.


about author Emily Forsha

Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s Content & Community Manager. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two young boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.

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  1. Pierrette A. Tessier says…

    It looks absolutely beautiful and wild, would certainly love to visit.

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  2. naida Hedgepeth says…

    Love the South Coast…so much to see and do.

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  3. David Clamp says…

    Oregon is wonderful. Add some winery tours and a visit to the aircraft museum and this trip is complete.

    Written on February 21st, 2014 / Flag this Comment
  4. Walt Tracey says…

    Oregon coast trips are the best.

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