Conserving the Nature of America

News Release

Stair Maintenance Planned for Coquille Point

March 22, 2013


Division of Public Affairs
External Affairs
Telephone: 703-358-2220

The stairs leading down from the Coquille Point parking lot to Bandon Beach

will be closed for maintenance during the first week in April.  The U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service will replace the concrete steps from April 1

through April 5.  During stair step replacement the south stairs and the

parking lot at Coquille Point at 11th Street in Bandon will be closed daily

from 8 AM to 5 PM to accommodate heavy equipment and large vehicles.

“The stairs at Coquille Point are being replaced because the marine

environment has taken a toll on them.  We want to ensure the stairs are

replaced before they degrade any further and cause safety issues.” said

Refuge Manager David Ledig. Another set of stairs north of the Coquille

Point parking lot can be accessed from 8th Street for those wanting to

reach the beach during stair maintenance.

The Coquille Point headland and the adjacent rocks and islands are part of

Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which provides habitat for coastal

and marine wildlife. The point overlooks a series of wilderness islands of

every shape and size.  The stairs at Coquille Point provide visitors with

access to Bandon Beach where they can connect with nature, explore the

beach, get distant views of loafing Harbor Seals, search for rocky

intertidal creatures and watch thousands of seabirds when they nest during

the summer.  These islands are closed to public entry year-round to protect

the seabirds and seals using the islands, as they are extremely sensitive

to human disturbance.

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