C'est La Vie Vacation Rental Home, near Face Rock Park in Bandon, just a couple minutes walk (900 feet) onto the sand. Enjoy the south coast from this comfy home-away-from-home base!
Coastal Express - Curry Public Transit Shuttle buses from Smith River California (at the California border) to North Bend / Coos Bay. Connects with Redwood Coast Transit in Smith River, California, and with Porter Stage Line in Coos Bay. Bike racks, first come first serve, but can carry bike inside in a pinch.
Redwood Coast Transit Shuttle buses from Arcata, California north to Smith River California. Can carry bikes (limited number), call to reserve space.
Porter Stage Line Shuttle buses from Coos Bay, Oregon, north to Florence, then inland to Eugene. Can carry bikes (limited number), call to reserve space.
CCAT - Coos Transit Shuttle buses serving Coos Bay, Coquille, Lakeside, Myrtle Point, and North Bend with scheduled routes. Dial-A-Ride services are provided in those areas plus Bandon and Charleston. All Curry Public Transit (Coastal Express) stops in the North Bend / Coos Bay area are also served by CCAT. Bike racks, first come first serve, but can carry bike inside in a pinch.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network - earthquake information
Agrimet Network Map - U.S. Dept. of the Interior weather stations
Surf Forecast - Bandon Beach - at tish-tang access just south of Face Rock Park, not at South Jetty or Whiskey Run
Bandon.tv Webcam, photos, weather, tides, events, news, links to other resources
C'est La Vie Vacation Rental Home
Driving on the Beach - where allowed
The question comes up often enough in the store where one can drive on the beach, and where quad/atv access is on the beach. The following map and documents may help identify access along the coast of Oregon. Except for Snowy Plover season (May 15-Sep 15 each year) access is usually unimpeded on identified beaches. If possible check local knowledge and signage posted too.
Official Oregon State Map - the column with bars/segments in it on the left side of the map shows what type of driving access is allowed on the beach up and down the coast. See the Beach Vehicle Accessibility legend in the upper left of the map too. Zoom in on this PDF map for detail view.
Oregon Secretary of State - Oregon Administrative Rules related to beach access. Detailed official descriptions.
Fire Restrictions Information
Periodically, fire restrictions/regulated use will be imposed on lands due to danger of fire. When restrictions are in place, according to a telecom with Coos Forest Protective Association, motorized vehicles need to carry an axe or pulaski, a 2 1/2 lb. or larger fire extinguiser or 2 gallons of water, and a shovel. Bicycles (as vehicles) are not subject to the requirements, but other restrictions for responsible access may be applicable.
When regulated use restrictions are put in place, a notice will be issued similar to this one:
PUBLIC FIRE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED
Due to heightened fire danger, the Coos Forest Protective Association is setting limitations on public activities in the forests. Effective Wednesday, June xxth, CFPA will impose a Regulated Use Closure for the general public on all private, county, state and BLM lands in Coos, Curry, and western Douglas counties.
The following is a complete list of restrictions within the Regulated Use Closure:
- Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except within enclosed vehicles or at designated locations.
- Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated, managed (host/manager on site) campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
- Power saw use is prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. When permitted, each saw must have one axe, one shovel and one operational fire extinguisher that is of at least 8 ounce capacity. In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each saw.
- Motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles, are only permitted on improved roads free of grass and other flammable debris. All motor vehicles must be equipped with one gallon of water or one operational 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, one axe, and one shovel, except when traveling on state highways, county roads and maintained driveways.
- All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one operational 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, except when traveling on state highways, county roads and maintained driveways.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited.
- Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.
- Mowing of dry, cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
- Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions
Under new Oregon law, the following are prohibited during fire season:
- Sky Lanterns
- Exploding Targets
- Tracer Ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base
To stay current on wildland restrictions for the public and industry, call CFPA’s closure information line at (541) 267-1789 or visit its web site at www.coosfpa.net.