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Coos County is situated in the southwestern part of Oregon. It is bounded by Douglas County on the north and east, by Curry County on the south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Coquille is the County seat.
Gold mining was the magnet that drew people to explore and exploit the mineral resources of the county during the nineteenth century. Today there are rich deposits of iron ore, lead, and coal that await development. Vacation and recreational possibilities, such as the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and many state parks, attract tourists to the area and provide an additional economic stimulus.
Coos County has parks situated along the Pacific Ocean, beside scenic rivers and in the heart of near wilderness forests. Easy access to lake and river fishing, a historical covered bridge wayside, primitive campsites by beautiful rivers, picturesque day use areas, and up to date, full service RV campgrounds...check them out.
Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston are known as Oregon's Bay Area. With the largest natural harbor between Seattle and San Francisco, Coos Bay is a major shipping and manufacturing center. It is also a premier sports fishing harbor, and one of the state's busiest commercial fishing ports.
Three spectacular state parks offer many diversions to visitors. One which stands out is Sunset Bay State Park. Located southwest of Charleston on the Cape Arago Highway, it has a small, protected bay surrounded by picturesque cliffs. It is suitable for swimming, which is unusual for the Oregon coast. Divers, surfers and boaters also enjoy the warm bay waters. Year round camping is available, as well as hiking. Watching the sunset over the ocean from the cliff side trail, which connects the three parks, is a popular activity.