Plan Your Visit

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The expansive mudflats at the Bandon Marsh Unit are teeming with a motley assortment of clams, crabs, worms, and shrimpvital nutriment for migrating shorebirds. Visitors in the spring or fall can expect to see thousands of these birds, including Western and Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Whimbrel, Dunlin and such rarities as Ruff.


At the Ni-les'tun Unit, the Peter DeFazio Marsh Overlook affords wide views of a recently restored intertidal marsh. The influx of salt- and freshwater allows re-establishment of mudflats and marsh plants; interconnected tidal channels bisecting the habitat south of the overlook deck draw flocks of migratory birds and schools of young anadromous fish. The overlook area is underlain by a 4,500-year-old Coquille (Ko-Kwell) Indian campsite.


Directions

To Bandon Marsh Unit: From US Highway 101 just north of Bandon, turn west onto Riverside Drive and park in the refuge parking lot on the west side of the road.

To Ni-les'tun Unit: From US Highway 101 just north of Bandon, turn onto North Bank Lane and drive about a mile to the overlook parking lot on the south side of the road.

Coquille Point, a mainland unit of Oregon Islands Refuge, is located in Bandon. Take 11th street in Bandon and head west for about one mile. The road will end at the parking area at Coquille Point.  

Hours & Fees

There are no fees for this refuge. 

The refuge does not have a visitor center. Daily viewing hours at both refuge units are from sunrise to sunset.

Weather & Tides

Weather on the coast is a mercurial thing. You can expect to experience temperatures ranging between 45 and 75 degrees; fog and high winds are common, as well as radiant sunshine. Rain is a perennial threat, so bring proper attire. 

If you're visiting during the winter, expect rainy conditions. In summer, you maymayexperience nice and dry days. Check the forecast for current conditions.

Incoming tides isolate rocks from headlands and the shore. Avoid the temptation of strolling to an interesting rock without knowing the tides. Free tide tables are available at state park offices, information centers, shops and motels.

There are several resources online for tracking the tides; here's one good option.

Pets

Dogs are permitted only at Coquille Point. For the protection of pets, wildlife and visitors, all pets are required to be on leash. (Dogs used for hunting are allowed to be off leash in Bandon Marsh NWR during waterfowl season only; Bandon Marsh is closed to dogs at all other times. For more on hunting, go to the Permits page.)

Please remember to keep your distance from Harbor Seals and other wildlife resting on the shore at Coquille Point. Also keep in mind that all migratory birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which applies to all migratory birds and their parts, including eggs, nests, and feathers. The act forbids the taking, killing, or possessing of any migratory bird or its parts.

For a surefire way to get closer to wildlife without undue disturbance, bring binoculars or a spotting scope. And don't forget the camera!

Hunting & Fishing

Sport hunting for waterfowl is permitted on Bandon Marsh Refuge in accordance with state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Oregon state hunting regulations and visit our Permits page for more information. Clamming is permitted on the Bandon Marsh unit of the refuge in accordance with state and federal regulations.