You may crab at the Empire boat dock, the Charleston docks, or from a boat. Bays, estuaries, beaches, tide pools, and jetties are opened all year. The Ocean is closed for Dungeness crab from August 15 to November 30. WhenThe best time of the day for crabbing is one hour before and after high tide. The best time of the year to crab is May through October. In the fall and winter they are molting and are soft shelled. HowYou may have three rings, pots, or baited lines per person. Other methods that can be used are by hand, dip net, or a rake. No more that 24 (2 daily catches) can be kept in a trap or live box. To keep the crabs fresh, keep them in ice. Do not mutilate crabs so that sex, size or species cannot be determined before leaving the crab taking site. EquipmentThe equipment you will need to crab are: crab rings or pots, baited lines, a measuring gauge, gloves, a container for holding crabs, and bait. The equipment may be rented or bought from a variety of stores. Bat can be bought or you can use your own, keeping in mind that crabs are attracted by odor and almost any type of meat can be used for bait. Fresh fish carcasses (do not use cabezon, their natural enemy), chicken and turkey backs, or animal parts, and cat food can be used. Laws and LimitsA Crab Fishing licenses is required and can be obtained at most fishing supply stores for a nominal fee. The 1997 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations state that the limits are 12 male Dungeness crabs, minimum size 5 & 3/4 inches measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including the points on it's side. Red Rock crab may be 24 of any size or sex. Release other unharmed. Undersized, female Dungeness crabs must be released immediately. If you catch or see a green crab, please notify the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as they are tracking this species. Soft ShellsAn estimated %50 of crabs caught have a soft shell. To test for soft shells, pinch on of the large walking legs and if the shell gives easily the meat is likely to be mushy. Even if the shell give a little, the crab will no be very tasty because they are holding water and there is little meat. These should be returned to the water. Crab are Arthropods; creatures whose skeletal support is on the outside of the body. Crabs outgrow and shed this exoskeleton frequently.
UNDEVELOPED BEACHESCome on in, the water's warm (well, not always). But that is part of the charm. Oregon's Adventure Coast is the most versatile coastal destination on the Oregon Coast! We have swimming beaches in our many rivers and lakes. And our Ocean coast offers so many different options that you can pick your experience.Whether you want to sit, reflect and just watch the tide, or have a romantic evening watching the sun set over the horizon, you can do it here. Beach combing, whale watching, surfing and clamming are other popular pastimes. With our bay and Coastal landscapes, you could spend your whole vacation doing something different every day and still have plenty to do next time you visit.
The jewel of the South Coast, Shore Acres State Park is perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean. Shore Acres is an unexpected combination of beautiful natural and man-made features. Check out their website to see what is blooming and don't miss their light show from Thanksgiving to New Years. It is a must see when you are visiting our campground.
We are the only full service campground on the Southern Oregon Coast that caters to guests with off road vehicles. No Quad? No problems! Steve's ATV Rentals is right next door and other rental companies are within 15 minutes of the campground. The best way to see the beauty of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is to get up close and personal! We can also show you local hiking trails if you want to explore at a slower pace.
Are you a lighthouse enthusiast? Umpqua Lighthouse is 15 minutes away and has the only red lens on the West Coast. Or try a walking tour of South Slough Estuary 25 minutes away be car.
Let us be your base camp for enjoying nature in and around the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area!
There are 3 courses around our campground. The world famous Bandon Dunes is 45 minutes south of the campground. There are 2 public courses within 30 minutes of the campground. Check out our Local Area Attractions page to see more information.