Beachcombing, Picnicking, and Tidepooling on Oregon’s Adventure Coast

Posted by TravelCoosBay on April 20, 2016

If Oregon’s Adventure Coast is known for just one thing, it’s our beautiful beaches. Okay, beaches and delicious seafood. Wait, beaches, seafood, and blues. Hold on, beaches, seafood, blue and…

Okay okay, let’s stay focused. Beaches. Oregon’s Adventure Coast is absolutely full of some of the most impressive beaches you’ll find anywhere, perfect for beachcombing, tidepooling, and picnicking!

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s explain what those things are.

Beachcombing: An activity involving the searching of a beach by an individual looking for things of value, interest or utility.

Tidepooling: Visiting the rocky inter tidal zone along a coastline. As you explore the area, look for living organisms and photograph them.

Picnicking: A delicious packed outdoor meal.

Sound like a fun time? Good! Here are the spots in Coos Bay/North-Bend are that you’ll want to visit.


Spots to Visit

Below are some of our favorite spots for beachcombing, picnicking, and tidepooling.

Bastendorff Beach
63379 Bastendorff Beach Road
Charleston, OR 97420
(541) 888-5353

Cape Arago State Park
Cape Arago Hwy Loop
Charleston, OR 97420

Lighthouse Beach
Cape Arago Loop, Charleston

Horsfall Beach
Horsfall Beach Road, North Bend

Shore Acres State Park & Simpson Beach
89814 Cape Arago Hwy
Charleston, OR 97420

Sunset Bay State Park

89814 Cape Arago Highway
Charleston, OR 97420
(541) 888-4902

Beachcombing and Tidepooling Tips

Consider these tips below to stay safe and make the most of your coastline expeditions.

1.  Check the Tides Charts

When beachcombing and tidepooling it’s crucial to make sure the tide is out during the time you’ll be on the beach.

Here’s an easy to use tide chart for the Coos Bay area.

2.  Wear Shoes/Boots with Grip

Just because it’s the beach does not mean there will be any shortage of sharp surfaces and potentially harmful objects. Bring shoes with grip to ensure you’ll keep your footing and won’t hurt yourself.

3.  Watch Where You Step

This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one. When the tide goes out it’s likely to leave behind slick, slick seaweed. Stepping on it can result in a vicious fall and potential serious injury. Tread heavy and carefully.

4.  Do Not Remove Attached Animals

Though the temptation may be to grab a critter you see, keep in mind that doing so can bring damage to the organism and even ecosystem as a whole. Think of it in safari terms: pictures okay, grabbing not okay.

5.  Don’t Leave Rocks Overturned

Similarly, rocks provide a crucial part of the ecosystem of many of the organisms you’ll see when tidepooling. By leaving rocks overturned you can negatively influence the ecosystem and disrupt different species.

6. Leave it Better Than You Found it

This one is a good philosophy for life but goes double when dealing with beaches. Bring a bag with you to pick up after your own trash and if you’re so inclined to pick up any stray pieces of garbage you come across. Not only are you doing your part to help the environment but you’re also beautifying the area for other visitors.

7. Bring a Camera

You’ll be seeing some beautiful sights along these beach spots, we strongly recommend taking some pictures as you do so.

Picnicking Tips

Most of the previous rules also apply here, but we wanted to add a few ones specific to picnics.

1. Consider some options for shade

Sitting out in the sun for a long duration can leave you pretty burned and a little worse for wear. Considering bring a parasol or sitting in the shade while you eat.

2. Bring as much finger food as possible

Avoid having to bring too many plates and knives and forks by packing food you can eat with your hands.

3. Sand in food is bad, bring a blanket

Consider bringing a blanket with you to lay on the sand while you eat.