Shore Acres State Park

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Shore Acres State Park
Shore Acres State Park Coastline (Coos County, Oregon scenic images) (cooDA0054).jpg
Shore Acres State Park is located in Oregon
Shore Acres State Park
Type Public, state
Location Coos County, Oregon
Nearest city Coos Bay
Coordinates 43°19′25″N 124°22′55″W / 43.323672°N 124.38192°W / 43.323672; -124.38192Coordinates: 43°19′25″N 124°22′55″W / 43.323672°N 124.38192°W / 43.323672; -124.38192[1]
Created 1942
Operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Open 8am to dusk

Shore Acres State Park is an Oregon State Park located on the Cape Arago Highway south of Coos Bay, Oregon, United States. The park features 5 acres (2 ha) of formal gardens including a rose-testing plot and Japanese lily pond. During autumn, winter and spring, visitors gather on the tall sandstone cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean for storm watching and observation of the gray whale migration. Another seasonal attraction is the Shore Acres Holiday Lights, lasting from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, when the gardens are decorated with thousands of lights and illuminated sculptures. Shore Acres also includes a small beach on a secluded cove where elephant seals haul out to molt.

Shore Acres was originally an estate owned by Louis J. Simpson, a Coos County timber baron and son of shipping magnate Asa Meade Simpson. After fire and financial losses devastated his estate holdings, Simpson sold the land to the State of Oregon for use as a park in 1942. The gardens Simpson developed, as well as one building, the gardener's cottage, remain as important features in the park.


  1. ^ "Shore Acres State Park". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 

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