United States Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard is a seasonal search and rescue detachment stationed near the entrance of the Coquille River approximately from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Strong currents, shallow depths and waves that break in seemingly calm conditions, along with the fact that the Coquille River bar can become fog bound quickly, usually in the mornings, necessitates the presence of U.S. Coast Guard Coquille River Patrol during the active summer season.
Inbound mariners should read our Port Entry Page carefully before crossing the bar for the first time. Boaters are reminded that most calls for help occur either due to lack of boat preparation after winter storage or lack of fuel. Boaters who face an emergency with a non functionting VHF radio can have a 911 cell phone call immediately relayed to the Bandon Station.
The Port of Bandon and boating community greatly appreciate having Coast Guard presence in Bandon and thank these fine men and women for the services they provide.
The Bandon Station can be contacted at 541-347-2038 Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The Coos Bay station can be contacted anytime at 541-888-3267.
Listen to 1610 AM to find out about weather conditions and any vessel restrictions.
Bar conditions can be monitored on VHF channel 22 every three hours when the bar is open and every hour when rough conditions close the bar.
The Coast Guard reminds boaters to keep basic safety in mind on the river:
Wear an appropriate life jacket at all times.
Always be aware of your surroundings and location in relation to hazards.
Watch for changes in the ocean and bar conditions.
Know the current weather, predicted weather and tides and currents.
Observe the river bar entrance for a while from land or from a boat in safe water well inside the entrance before attempting to cross the bar.
Ensure you have all safety gear onboard in good working condition. Examples include: VHF radio and flares for communicating distress.
Know how to use your safety equipment before you need it in an emergency.
Fuel is available normally during regular Summer hours 7 days
a week, 8am to 6pm, and during winter or for emergencies at