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Seals on Coos Bay

Native Wildlife in Coos Bay, OR

The Southern Oregon coast is teeming with many different species of wildlife. Because the environment is so unique – from sand dunes to marshes, saltwater to freshwater – visitors can spot a wide variety of unique animals. Whether you take a stroll along the beach or drive out to one of the many nearby state parks, here’s a sampling of some of the species you could encounter when visiting The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park.

Unique Sea Life

Whale in Coos Bay The Oregon Coast is known for its year-round whale watching opportunities. Every season, people from all over come out to glimpse the whales putting on a show close to shore. The most common type of whale visitors see is the gray whale, which typically grows to be about the size of a bus. They migrate back and forth from Mexico to Alaska, making a pit stop at Coos Bay along the way. Minke, humpback, blue and sperm whales, plus orcas, have also been spotted nearby.

While overlooking the ocean – especially at Simpson Reef in Cape Arago – visitors are frequently treated to groups of sea lions and seals basking on the rocks. Some native species include harbor seals, Steller sea lions, California sea lions and northern elephant seals, which can grow to weigh up to 5,000 pounds.

Plentiful Fishing

Coos Bay is surrounded by water, from the Pacific Ocean to the many rivers, estuaries and lakes nearby. If you love to fish, you’ve certainly come to the right place. You never know what you might reel in, but here in Oregon, it’s most likely going to be Chinook salmon, tuna, ling cod, halibut or striped bass. Anglers also catch shad, winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, yellow perch, surf perch, and much more. Not to mention, there’s plenty of opportunities for crabbing and clamming, too.

Exciting Bird Watching

Be sure to pack your binoculars, because there are many different types of birds, especially seabirds, found along the co Southern Oregon Coast. In the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, you can see migrating Pacific golden-plover, dunlin and whimbrel.  In the saltwater marshes and forests of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, there are often band-tailed pigeons and wrentits. The Millicoma Marsh is home to a variety of different sparrows, ducks and raptors, such as the red-shouldered hawk and white-tailed kite.

Coos Bay Simpson Reef green sea anemone amongst pink coral

Rich Tide Pools

While out adventuring along the shore, there’s a good chance you might stumble upon a tide pool. These shallow saltwater pools often house a variety of different sea life species, including sea anemone, sea sponges and sea lettuce. It’s also common to see crustaceans, like hermit crabs and barnacles, as well as snails, mussels and other mollusks. Fish and seabirds are also a common appearance in and around tide pools.

How Many of Oregon’s Native Species Will You Find?

If you love spending time in nature, then you’ll love exploring Coos Bay, Oregon. Whether you hop in a fishing boat to cast a line, hike along the rocky shores or venture through one of the state parks, forests or beaches, you’re sure to observe many memorable moments here. Book your stay at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park today online or by calling (541) 756-8800.