Cape Arago State Park

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Cape Arago State Park

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Things To Do

Overview

Cape Arago may be the end of the road (the road out of Coos Bay goes no further), but it's really only the beginning if you want to explore the southern Oregon coast. Located at the end of Cape Arago Highway about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, Cape Arago is a scenic headland jutting into the Pacific Ocean. Long used by American Indians, Cape Arago was first sighted by Europeans during one of Sir Francis Drake's expeditions in the late 1500s. The south cove trail leads down to a sandy beach and superior tidepools where you can visit intertidal plants and animals (but please enjoy them with your eyes only). The north cove trail provides access for fishing, beachcombing, and viewing the off-shore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island -- a designated National Wildlife Refuge. The trail is closed March 1- June 30 to protect seal pups. Picnic tables, restrooms and a gazebo shelter are available for daytime use. Visitors today can scan the horizon for migrating whales and other marine mammals, as well as fishing boats and ships entering and leaving nearby Coos Bay.

Map of Cape Arago (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.305474, -124.394211

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Activities

  • Fishing

    The north cove trail provides access for fishing. The trail is closed March 1- June 30 to protect seal pups.

  • Hiking

    The south cove trail leads down to a sandy beach and superior tidepools where you can visit intertidal plants and animals (but please enjoy them with your eyes only). The north cove trail provides access for fishing, beachcombing, and viewing the off-shore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island -- a designated National Wildlife Refuge. The trail is closed March 1- June 30 to protect seal pups. Picnic tables, restrooms and a gazebo shelter are available for daytime use.

  • Picnicking

    Enjoy a picnic while scaning the horizon for migrating whales and other marine mammals. Picnic tables, restrooms and a gazebo shelter are available for daytime use.

  • Water Sports

    The south cove trail leads down to a sandy beach and superior tidepools where you can visit intertidal plants and animals. The north cove trail provides access for fishing, beachcombing, and viewing the off-shore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island -- a designated National Wildlife Refuge. The trail is closed March 1- June 30 to protect seal pups.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round. There is no fee to use this park.

Park Partners

Directions

Driving

Off US 101, 14 miles southwest of Coos Bay.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

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