Beautiful coastal areas in close proximaty to the campground. Good facilities for most every type of camping, including hike and bike.
Sites are on the small side, little privacy. Rained but our tent was under a tree so the only thing that got wet was the fire wood.
Close to small fishy village, golf course next door, close to other golf courses, and other state parks, close to sand dunes.
This a great smaller campground. The beach is a quick 10 minute walk from the campground. The tide pools are amazing. We saw lots of starfish, sea urchin, crabs, and some eels & jellyfish.
This park is located in the beautiful Cape Arago area of the South-Central Oregon coast. The geography of the area is dominated by Coos Bay, a small sound that surrounds Cape Arago by water on three sides. Why this is important is the same reason that another more notable "Bay Area" is infamous, marine inversion layer. Because there's so much cold water around, it cools the air close to the ground, colder than the air above it in the heat of summer. This temperature difference creates a lot of instability and clouds/fog. So, while only a few miles away in the Oregon Dunes or south towards Bandon it's sunny and 80's in August but around Sunset Bay it's cloudy, misting and 68. For you, this might not be a downside at all! If you're in Portland and getting a bit tired of baked lawns and the regular 6 weeks of temps in the 90's brought to us by climate change, the gray skies of Sunset Bay may be just the ticket! For those looking for a more sunny and warm beach experience, the rest of the magnificent Oregon coast may be a better bet.
The park itself is aging but serviceable. At the hight of high season (early August) one of the four men's showers in our loop (one of four) was out of order all week. A day or two seems reasonable but an entire week during the busiest time of the year, you would think fixing this would be a priority.
Oregon's Coast parks are (like the rest of the state) wonderful. This state knows how to do parks! Programs for families, camp hosts who are present and helpful, rangers who are knowledgeable and competent. However, I'd discourage anyone from thinking that highway 101 is a peaceful, wilderness experience. The demise of extraction industries in this country has lead to a head-on collision of urban blight (shuttered mills, dilapidated fishing terminals) and rural poverty. You are much less likely to run into a friendly mom and pop mercantile when you realize you forgot to pack graham crackers for your s'mores; much more likely a loud and greasy pit stop with a beer brawl going on in the back parking lot. Likewise, there is plenty of opportunity for a quiet evening enjoyment of campfire but also a loudmouthed drunk who wondered in from town and is arrested after getting into it with the park ranger.
Many great spots with lots of privacy. Running water and free hot showers! The beach was beautiful and perfect for kayaking.
this place was amazing!! so many trees and wilderness to take in. daily interpretive walks and meetings with forest rangers. great experience
I grew up camping here. It's a great place. There are yurts, sand volleyball pits, bathrooms, showers, hiking trails, tidepools, kayaking etc. Amazing family camp.
First of all, I’m not giving this place 5 stars only because I wish there were more bigger spots for group camping, but other than that, this place is awesome!!! The park employee that checked us in was the nicest park employee that I have ever met and she was very helpful too. The bathrooms are flush toilets which were nice and clean, I didn’t get a chance to use the showers, however, I’m just glad they had them and I’d like to assume that they are just as nice and clean as the bathrooms. The majority of the sites had some greenery or shrubs to add a little privacy to each spot which is nice. The beach is a shortish walk from the campsite and I understand now how this place got its name…We watched the sun go down over the bay and it was just the perfect spot. The bay, while still part of the ocean was very calm and makes a great spot for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, etc. Up the hill from the campsite is a beautiful botanical garden which you can get in for free with your camping sticker. Behind the gardens is an amazing view of the ocean from the cliffs and a short hike will take you down to another beach/bay area. Also, from the garden, if you drive about 1 mike further, you will reach Simpson? reef which is covered in sea lions but make sure you bring a zoom lens for this one. This is my new favorite beach camping spot and will definitely be planning summer trips here from now on. Also, bring warm layers, the wind and temp drop at night can make for some pretty chilly weather especially if the state bans campfires due to the wildfires which happened to us but we made do.
This park should be labeled the gem of the oregon state parks system!
The incredibly beautiful and sheltered bay is place everyone needs to check out. We like sites c25 and d7.
This campground is far enough from Portland that it often has space available the day of.
Also nearby and worth checking out are the tidepools, the gardens at shores acres and the elephant seals at simpson reef.