Sunset Bay State Park Campground (Coos Bay, OR)
To paraphrase Eric Clapton, we moved a little further on down the coast to Sunset Bay State Park near Coos Bay, OR for another couple nights of camping on Oregon’s amazing Pacific Coast. This part of our trip was like an exploration of Oregon’s coastal state parks, most of which we’ve been incredibly happy with.
Once again, our campground was located right on the Pacific Coast. Sunset Bay is right next to Cape Arago State Park, which has several short paved walking trails to incredible overlooks. The picture at the head of this article was taken at Cape Arago, a 5 minute drive from our campsite. There, you’ll find sea lions and tons of birds.
You are in the middle of nowhere here, but less “middle of nowhere” than other campgrounds we’ve been to. Coos Bay has enough amenities to cover most of what you could possibly need on a camping trip and it’s only about 30 minutes away. Just before entering Sunset Bay State Park, there’s a small seafood shop where we picked up some excellent just-caught tuna and crab at ridiculously low prices.
Our site had water and electric hookups. There are also primitive sites and full-hookup sites for the RVers.
The bathrooms here were quite nice! They were cleaned at least once a day, possibly twice. If it wasn’t a bathroom, you might be tempted to eat off the counter. Soap and hand towels were provided for hand washing. The bathroom nearest to our campsite didn’t have showers, so we had to walk a short distance. Nonetheless, the showers were very nice and free (all Oregon State Park showers are free).
Laundry & Wi-Fi
There is no laundry or wi-fi here.
Our site was near the fish processing station, but luckily, there were no seafood odors that invaded our campsite. Unfortunately, the campground was having some sewer repair work done, so there was an occasional faint smell from that, but it wasn’t overwhelming or constant.
Our site with water and electric was $24 per night, again a standard going rate for this type of campsite. Given that it’s on the Pacific Coast, there’s no complaining about the price.