The main access point to Coquille Point is from a (free) parking area at the west end of 11th Street in Bandon. The coast hereabouts is bordered by low cliffs, high enough for fine, long distance views up and down the beach, which is up to a quarter of a mile wide at low tide, and contains several dozen large rocks, plus several islands just offshore. The scene is subtly different to the majority of the rocky shores further south in Oregon since there are no smaller rocks in between, only the smooth sands. Three of the largest outcroppings are right opposite the parking area and reachable when the tide goes out; one (Elephant Rock
) has a sizeable arch. Flat-topped Table Rock
is just beyond, facing the north end of the beach, which extends to a jetty at the south edge of the Coquille River, but the more interesting section is to the south; after a short empty stretch there are more big rocks, some sharply pointed, one split by several intersecting caves.
All intertidal rocks are encrusted with barnacles and mussels, plus differently-colored sea stars, while anemones and crabs can be found in the few tide pools, along the edges of the large rocks. Like all of this part of the coast, the high water mark is lined by huge, bleached pieces of driftwood, at the foot of the grassy bluffs that extend some way south. All the clifftop land is privately owned; houses are built right on the cliff edge, usually with steps down to the beach. Several other public access points are reached along Beach Loop Road
further south, though the shoreline here is less interesting as the cliffs are replaced by dunes and there are no more offshore rocks.