Epic Storms are Brewing on Oregon’s Adventure Coast

It’s storm watching season on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston, and if you’ve never been, now’s the time to come. 

On the right day, you’re bound to see some of the most incredible displays of the power and beauty of nature at the coastroiling ocean surf, whipping winds that’ll bend you sideways and waves that explode like fireworks.  

Singular Storms 

Thanks to a combination of geology, meteorology and just good fortune, Oregon’s Adventure Coast, is a prime setting for winter storm watching. High seas swell and heave as powerful waves collide with the jagged sandstone cliffs of Charleston’s Shore Acres State Park. The resulting sprays of ocean foam and mist thrill onlookers, who can gaze upon the spectacle from the safety of the park’s designated viewing area and storm watching hut.  

But it’s not just Shore Acres. Stunning storm views can also be found from the bluff overlooking Bastendorff Beach and Sunset Bay State Park along Cape Arago Highway. The view from Lighthouse Viewpoint at Cape Arago State Park isn’t too shabby either.   

January and February are the Height of Winter Storms 

If you’ve never been storm watching on Oregon’s Adventure Coast, now’s the time to come. You can experience the storied storms that have put this stretch of coast on the storm-watching map. Pack your raingear, boots, layers and binoculars. And don’t forget your camera. Remember, the best storms don’t just happen anytime, make sure to check this Facebook page for High Surf advisories and other conditions that can fuel a signature big-wave storm.  

And once the storms subside, there’s still plenty to see along this singularly diverse stretch of coastline. Bald eagles are plentiful; elephant seals and California harbor seals bask on Simpson Reef between Shore Acres and Cape Arago; and vast tide pools host crabs, sea stars, anemone and other creatures. That’s before you even get to the whales: Resident gray whales surface between the reef and Cape Arago, while 15,000+ whales migrate to Mexico during the winter. 

When you’re done outdoors, three unique communities afford rich lodging, dining, sight-seeing and gaming venues. As the day winds down, you can warm up, dry off, refuel and slumber, dreaming of the adventure you just had and what tomorrow has in store.  

Want to find out even more about the best storm watching on the entire Oregon Coast? Visit Oregon’s Adventure Coast. 



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