Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon, United States, where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The city borders the city of North Bend, and together they are often referred to as one entity called either Coos Bay-North Bend or the Bay Area. Coos Bay's population as of the 2010 census was 15,967 residents, making it the largest city on the Oregon Coast. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41 km2), of which 10.6 square miles (27 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) is water.
Parks and recreation:
Mingus Park, northwest of downtown Coos Bay, features a one-mile walking path that circles a pond full of ducks and geese and a Japanese garden. An outdoor swimming pool is available in the summer months. An 18-hole disc golf course is located in the woods of the north side of the park, and a skatepark is in the southeast portion. In addition, there are swingsets for children in the southwest, and a softball field in the east. The greater Coos Bay area has a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which brings approximately 1.5 million visitors each year. Many visitors explore the 6,000-acre (24 km2) sand dunes on ATVs. The dunes' popularity has increased tourism in the overall region.
Museums and other attractions:
Coos Bay Iron Works, a producer of logging equipment, opened in 1882 and is still in business on Front Street, using a variety of antique tools dating to the Industrial Revolution.
The Egyptian Revival style Egyptian Theatre was part of a popular architectural movement and is the only Oregon movie house that still has its original theatre organ installation. Built in 1925, the theatre was closed in 2005, but it was reopened shortly after by a nonprofit agency.