Sunset Bay State Park

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Sunset Bay State Park
Sunset Bay State Park in Oregon.jpg
View from the south end of the beach
Sunset Bay State Park is located in Oregon
Sunset Bay State Park
Type Public, state
Nearest city Coos Bay
Coordinates 43°20′00″N 124°22′18″W / 43.3334441°N 124.3717849°W / 43.3334441; -124.3717849Coordinates: 43°20′00″N 124°22′18″W / 43.3334441°N 124.3717849°W / 43.3334441; -124.3717849[1]
Area 405 acres (164 ha)[2]
Created 1948
Operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Visitors Day-use: about 1.4 million annually. Overnight: about 70,000.[2]
Status Open all year
The bay from above

Sunset Bay State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon. Administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, it is about 0.4 miles (0.6 km) south of Cape Arago Lighthouse and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) outside the town of Charleston on Coos Bay. The park offers a crescent shaped beach, tide pools, hiking trails and a year-round campground. [3]

The park is one of three along the Cape Arago Highway, which runs along the Pacific Ocean west of U.S. Route 101. Sunset Bay State Park is about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Shore Acres State Park and about 2 miles (3 km) north of Cape Arago State Park.[4] A hiking trail links Sunset Bay to Shore Acres.[5]

Land for the park was acquired in stages through 1984. Coos County donated the original tract to the state in 1948. In 1954, Ralph Barker donated a parcel with a water supply. The Bureau of Land Management later added tracts through a grant to the state, which also bought, exchanged, or otherwise acquired land from private owners. The combined size of the parcels is about 405 acres (164 ha).[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunset Bay State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Park History". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sunset Bay State Park". Oregon State Parks and Recreation. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Shore Acres State Park" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sunset Bay" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 



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