Coos Bay Oregon Photographs, Recreational Information, and Activities Guidance
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Coos Bay is a beautiful coastal town located on a peninsula in Southwestern Oregon. It is the State's largest coastal city.
transports a wide variety of items, but the vast majority of the
tonnage consists of wood products. The shipping traffic once
reached the city guided by the Cape Arago Lighthouse. Sadly, the lighthouse is no longer operational and
lens has been removed. It is just one of many along the Oregon
coast which have been taken out of operation. The Fresnel Lens is
now located at the North Bend, Oregon Coast Guard Station and is
located in the main entrance of the Naval Building. I've found the local Coast Guard Stations to be very courteous and if asked they will often give you a tour of their facilities. Once past the lighthouse the ships then make their way past the
cities of Charleston, Empire and North Bend and finally reach
the bay area by going under the Conde B. McCullough
Once past the bridge the ships have a short trip into the harbor. The days of outgoing and incoming logging ships came to a close early in July, 2005. The last logging ship to leave the port was the Ken Ann Maru. Logs will now be taken by other means to mills further south. The cost of wood has risen and the United State's prices are high in comparison to some other countries. Logs are shipped via trucks to the mills, and then they are processed and shipped back where a good majority of the wood products are then shipped overseas.
The phonetic name of the city is 'küs; the "s" is not said as a "z" and the ü takes on the "oo" sound. Thus Koos Bay is the proper pronunciation. The area comprises four towns in a rather small area. The Bay area is also the home to North Bend, Empire, and Charleston, Oregon with the city's seat in Coquille, Oregon. The Bay Area is also the home of Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Very recently, the U.S. Department of Energy granted a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay which will be located near Horsefall Beach. The D.O.E. decision clears the way for the liquefied natural gas terminal. An updated application would now allow the project to not only import the gas, but also to export gas to other markets as far away as Asia.
A little known fact about the Bay Area is that Coal Mining was very prosperous in the 1900's. Again, there is a chance some of these mines may be reopened, but again an environmental impact study needs to be made before this operation would be considered.
The channel or jetty offers both the visitor and the residents the ability to enjoy many recreational activities - these include, but are not limited to, fishing, dungeness crabbing, and clamming. Crabbing and clamming are usually excellent given the right tide conditions, and the best crabbing is normally during the early fall and winter seasons. A license is now required for the harvesting of shellfish and may be purchased at any local bait and tackle shop. Have a look at the pages I have devoted to these fun pursuits for more guidance.
The beaches and the surrounding areas are beautiful, and the Cascade Mountain Range affords a whole new and exciting array of photography adventures. The sunsets over the Pacific offer some of the most spectacular to be seen anywhere in the world. During the winter the sunsets can really be spectacular, and if you look a bit to the south you can often find some awesome rainbows. There is normally a fog bank on a clear night over the horizon. As the sun crests behind the fog bank the colors in the clouds make an excellent opportunity for photographers. The colors are dazzling to say the least. To help you manage your photographs look over these free picture programs. These programs help me organize my pictures, and they enable me to put them on the website with very little editing. Due to the large size of my original pictures most all of the pictures on the website have been re-sized to enable faster loading on your particular browser. I am very happy to announce that you can now upload your landscape and Oregon pictures by following the email link at the bottom of this page.
I have tried to make this website easy to navigate and have made four major categories such as Oregon pictures; things to do in Coos Bay; local areas of interest and general information, advice and frequently asked questions. These categories may be easily reached by following the navigation on the sides of each page.
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