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OCZMA serves local elected officials on the Oregon Coast.  OCZMA is a clearinghouse of objective information on issues relating to the Oregon Coast—this information is then shared with the state and federal government.  OCZMA conducts studies on the Oregon Coast's economy and carries out applied research to improve the standard of living in the region.  Through our extensive network of local government officials and many other partners, OCZMA gives voice to the concerns and needs of coastal residents.


A Most Romantic Coast

The Oregon Coast is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful regions on Earth.

In his famous journal, Meriwether Lewis—of Lewis & Clark fame—described the Oregon Coast “A Most Romantic Coast.” Lewis & Clark experienced the North Coast (Clatsop County) during the winter of 1804-05. They saw coastal headlands jutting out to the sea, covered by towering Sitka spruce forests. And, they saw winter waves pound sea stacks at Cannon Beach.

The 350 mile-long Oregon coastline hosts a wonderful variety of different shorelines and coastal environments. For instance, in Western Lane and Western Douglas Counties (Florence & Reedsport) there are many square miles of sand dune habitat adjacent to the ocean. These unique environments are great places to get away from civilization. You can park your car and hike into the dunes. Or, take a sand dune buggy tours available near the City of Florence.

If you’re not after solitude, join a growing number of ATV (all terrain vehicle) enthusiasts in well-publicized designated ATV-friendly places in the sand dunes. Further north in Tillamook County, Sand Lake is another popular public recreation spot with areas designated for ATVs.

At twenty-mile intervals, the Oregon Coast has beautiful bays and estuaries. These special places also teem with wildlife. It’s where coastal rivers meet the sea.

And, there are a number of famous and beautiful Art Deco bridges spanning the rivers. Many of these historic structures were constructed during the Great Depression. The bridges, with their soaring Gothic arches, make Highway 101 (designated an “All American Road”) an unforgettable driving experience. Additional information on Highway 101 can be found under the Transportation Topic on this web site.

As you move South of Coos Bay, the scenery begins to look a lot like the Northern California coast. Indeed, the rugged beauty of Curry County rivals the vistas of much better-known places such as Big Sur.

A Most Romantic Coast


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