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Out Our Back Door

    Bay Islands Fun to Visit
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: With the city of Coos Bay in the background, a huge cast-up rootwad serves as a natural planter on one of the islands in the estuary.

    By Tom Baake
    When it comes to social distancing, it's hard to beat a deserted island. Although we don't hear much about them, there are more than a half-dozen islands in the vast Coos Bay estuary, and several in the Umpqua River near Reedsport and the Siuslaw River in Florence. There are even some in the Coquille River and Rogue River.
    Some are privately owned, but others -- such as those in Coos Bay -- belong to the local port district or other public agencies, and can be visited. Many in the Coos Bay estuary resulted from the practice in past years of in-bay dumping of dredge spoils from channel deepening projects. (Nowadays they take the spoils out to sea.) At least one of them – Valino Island near Charleston – is naturally occurring, and had people living on it years ago.
    Seldom visited except by hardy birdwatchers and geocachers, the islands are self-contained wildlife sanctuaries just minutes from busy Bay Area towns. And unlike Oregon's ocean islands that are off-limits to people, the bay islands don't have such restrictions, although as noted some are private property.
    Landing on some of them can be tricky, though, since they're mostly surrounded by thick, sticky mud that's revealed to varying degrees during low tide. High tide brings shallow water lapping over the mudflats, making landfall a bit easier.
    As with any water-related activity, wind is also a factor. It may not be as predictably exact as tide times, but you can pretty much count on the north wind kicking up every summer afternoon. So, mindful of these issues, on a recent nice morning with favorable conditions, I launched my kayak from the Eastside Boat Ramp about two hours before low tide, and paddled leisurely with the outgoing flow.
    I followed the channel, at first heading west, then swinging north along the shoreline directly across from the city of Coos Bay. Even here, so close to town, the natural world was constantly revealed, from the stately lift-offs of snow-white herons and deep-blue egrets, to the fleets of small shorebirds that rose as one only to swirl around and land back in the same place after I'd passed by.
    After a quarter-mile of paddling, I cleared the tip of Eastside's White Point. Still heading north, I closed in on the island. Its east side has shallow water and sticky mudflats uncovered at low tide, while the best landing places at both high and low tide are on the south and west sides. This is pretty much the case with the other bay islands, too.
    Once ashore, I pulled my kayak well up onto the beach and tied it to a big half-buried log, and proceeded to explore. Mixed into the cast-up stuff were huge, artistically-swirled burls and stumps, along with all manner of driftwood and many old weathered planks, but happily not much trash.
    I knew from previous trips that it isn't practical to walk around the island at waterline, not only because of the mud, but also because of the many small inlets and coves that are tricky to cross. Better to head up from the shoreline, threading a way through the low-growing pickleweed and other salt-tolerant plants on the floodplain.
    Faint game trails run along just above the wrack line, while thick vegetation effectively shuts off the island's interior.
    After a bit more exploration, I returned to the beach where I noticed the stick I'd stuck in the sand at waterline when I landed was under a few inches of water now, and little waves were lapping up towards my kayak. The tide had turned!
    Now I could continue my trip, paddling north briefly before slipping into the channel that separates the two largest islands. Glistening with exposed mud just a few hours previously, it held enough water for me to paddle through and turn south, staying in deeper water offshore. With the incoming tide carrying me back up-bay, I paralleled the east side of the island.
    Once clear of the island, I crossed the channel and soon passed White Point and Eastside again. The faintest of wind had kicked in. I surfed along on small waves, riding the incoming tide and the warm north wind all the way back, already thinking about my next sojourn to one of our intriguing local islands.

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is co-author of "Oregon South Coast Canoe, Kayak and Stand-up Paddle Guide," available at book stores, visitor centers or at
    Two Rivers Named Smith
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: Sunbathers and swimmers enjoy a summer day at Smith River Falls east of Reedsport.
    By Tom Baake
    Jedediah Smith was an early-day explorer who by all accounts was a resourceful and practical man, so while he may have felt honored to have rivers named after him, he probably wouldn't have wanted them in such close proximity.
    He's probably best associated with the Smith River that flows out of coastal mountains to merge with the mighty Umpqua River near today's Reedsport. Lesser known is the Smith River of far northern California, whose north fork actually begins in the rugged Kalmiopsis Wilderness of southern Oregon. Although the two rivers share some characteristics, they're distinctly different.
    California's Smith River flows through mountains of lateritic soils, lacking essential nutrients for plants and trees, and also containing such minerals as nickel that stunt growth. Yet the scarcity of trees resulted in minimal roadbuilding, logging and erosion, leaving one of the most pristine rivers in California.
    Its rocky surroundings contrast with the tall-timbered and lush Smith River country. From its Coast Range source, it's fed by dozens of tributaries as it flows through steep canyons of evergreens and big-leaf maples, eventually entering a wide estuary with the adjacent Umpqua River in a twice-daily tidal inundation.
    It was near this confluence in 1828 that Jed Smith escaped one of three fatal encounters with Indians. Said to have sprung over a dispute over a stolen ax, the incident left 15 of Smith's party dead.
    He had dozens of other narrow escapes, but relations weren't always hostile. Friendly Indians showed him an easy way through the Rocky Mountains that became the main route.
    He's said to be the first white man to cross what would become the states of Utah and Nevada, and the first to enter California by an overland route, although he was jailed twice for illegal entry into California by Spanish authorities.
    According to the 2004 book "After Lewis and Clark" by Robert Utley and Peter Dana, his first job was at age 13 as a clerk on a Lake Erie freighter. He joined his first expedition in 1822, and his reputation grew when he was mauled by a grizzly bear. His ear torn off in the attack, "he had to convince a friend to sew it back on," according to the biographies.
    Smith was also a cartographer. He drew and copied maps, and perhaps more importantly kept travel journals (as did others in his expeditions) that later explorers found helpful. One included an oft-retold description of the challenging Seven Devils area.
    He retired to pursue mercantile interests at just 30 years old, but joined a trading caravan two years later and was killed in a skirmish with Comanches.
    His legacy continued with the naming of the two Smith rivers, although which came first isn't clear. Both, however, run mostly through public lands – U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management -- and can be enjoyed. The Smith River route from Reedsport also serves as an alternate paved route to Veneta and other inland destinations. Smith River Falls is the eminent feature, and there are two BLM campgrounds.
    California's Smith River is less accessible farther up, but lower sections and a small estuary are fun to explore by watercraft. Angling opportunities beckon in both rivers.
    Getting There
    Space limitations preclude complete directions, but here are highlights:
    Smith River of Oregon: From the intersection of US 101 and Highway 38 at the north end of Reedsport, go north across the Umpqua River Bridge. The road crosses Bolon Island, with a historical marker on the northwest side commemorating Jed Smith's ill-fated visit.
    Turn right (E) on Smith River Rd., following the wide estuary past farms and fields. At 8 miles is USFS Noel Ranch boat ramp and day-use area, and at 11.5 miles is Riverside County Park, with picnic tables, boat ramp and vault toilet. The settlement of Smith River is about 15.5 miles and Smith River Falls is 26.5 miles. The falls roar in winter but this time of year are a popular swimming and sunning spot amid smooth rock ledges and deep natural pools. Just beyond is a BLM campground, with the road continuing inland.
    Smith River of California: Follow US 101 south into California. The community of Smith River at 3 miles is the first sizeable settlement. Turn right (W) on Chinook St. near the Ship Ashore boat, and follow it 6 blocks to a boat ramp near the mouth of Smith River.
    Farther down US 101, there's river access just west of the Highway 197 bridge and 3 miles upriver at Ruby Van Deventer County Park, along with other unofficial spots for swimming, splashing and angling. So consider an expedition of your own to enjoy our beautiful Smith Rivers – either or both!

    (Get more details and maps of this hike and dozens more in Tom Baake's regional guidebook, "Out Our Back Door," available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Artists Find Inspiration on Local Beaches
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION 1: A beach artist embellishes a whimsical assemblage of bull kelp and other objects.
    PHOTO CAPTION 2: A trio of sand labyrinths takes shape on the beach below the Face Rock overlook in Bandon.

    By Tom Baake
    Although we're still being told to avoid crowded situations, many folks find a visit to the beach can be a good way to get some exercise and have a bit of fun while maintaining responsible social distancing. Fortunately for those of us here on the South Coast, we have to have miles of beaches to spread out on.
    An interesting thing about visiting the beach is you can go there and not do anything. It's perfectly acceptable to just sit and sort of zone out watching the waves.
    Craving more activity? The list is long: walk the dog, explore tidepools, build sand castles or driftwood huts, hunt for agates and seashells, watch the birds, and of course play in the water, sometimes aided by boogie boards, kayaks, SUPs, surfboards, kite boards, and so on.
    In recent years, creative types have discovered beaches can serve as a big canvas for unique works of art. By far the best known is Denny Dyke of Circles in the Sand in Bandon, who does regularly-scheduled "draws" on the beach at the Face Rock viewpoint along Beach Loop Drive. The public is welcome to join in, and there's no charge for participation. Rakes and other tools are provided, and are cleaned after the event. But perhaps the most fun is watching visitors react to this unusual activity.
    Every one of Denny's sand drawings is unique, although all follow the same theme of creating a walking area within a labyrinth. For those new to the topic, labyrinths are maze-like pathways on which on one walks, often in contemplation or meditation. But unlike mazes with puzzling choices of paths and dead ends, a labyrinth has only a single path through or to the center.
    And also unlike most labyrinths, Denny's sand creations are washed away by the next incoming tide, perhaps symbolizing the fleeting nature of art and life.
    As befits these troubled times, changes have been made to accommodate social distancing. In an interview, Denny said "we're being safe and cautious. Being outdoors is a big plus. We've expanded our artwork . . . we've gotten away from tight spirals and spread out the drawings so that participants are almost sixty feet apart. It creates a lot more room to be artistic." Members of Denny's regular crew also help participants keep their distancing.
    His favorite area is below the Face Rock viewpoint, although he has an alternate site down the beach near Strawberry Peak. Most draws are scheduled when there are low tides in the morning. Denny's full schedule through August 23 can be found on his Facebook page or website
    He's also added one this Saturday, July 4. "We don't normally draw on the Fourth because we don't want to compete with the Bandon town parade," he said. "But since it's cancelled this year, we've added a draw on July 4 at 10 a.m."
    While labyrinths may be the most high-profile beach artwork, whimsical assemblages by anonymous talents can almost always be found. The impromptu artworks range from sandy drawings and messages of love to clever conglomerations of driftwood, stones, feathers, shells and kelp -- particularly bull kelp, with its distinctive, spherical bulb (float) and long, whip-like tail (stipe).
    Beach creations are often embellished by subsequent visitors who add distinctive elements or recently-arrived flotsam. Sometimes the creations are made above the high tide line, so they last longer and get more stuff incorporated into them.
    So whether you go there to admire the artwork, appreciate the architecture, or add your own assemblage – or to just relax -- here's hoping you can continue to enjoy the many treasures of South Coast beaches.
    Getting There
    To get to Bandon's Face Rock overlook: From the intersection in central Bandon of US 101 and SW 11th St., go west on SW 11th for 1 mile to Beach Loop Drive. Turn left (S) and go about 0.7 mile to Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint.

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Centers and at
    Classic Summer Getaway At Ben Irving Reservoir


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    PHOTO CAPTION: Sun-dappled and surrounded by wildflowers, a picnic table awaits visitors along the shoreline of Ben Irving Reservoir.
    By Tom Baake
    On summer days when the fog layer never does burn off, it's easy to forget that just a few miles inland it's a warm and sunny day. And while people from the sweltering valley come here to escape the heat in our nice cool fog, there are locals who disdain the overcast and head east in search of the unimpeded warmth of a classic summer day.
    This is not necessarily warmth for warmth's sake, either. A key ingredient in the equation is water, preferably the kind you can immerse yourself in. And yes, we have rivers and swimming holes, but sometimes it's hard to beat a real lake.
    Which brings us to the subject of Ben Irving Reservoir west of Winston. It's less than two miles off busy Highway 42, and offers a nice place for a break. Enjoy a picnic, take a swim, try your luck at fishing, or launch your boat, float tube, stand-up paddle (SUP) craft or kayak.
    For even more potential fun, consider adding a visit to Ben Irving to an agenda that could include stops at one of the area's farm stands or winery tasting rooms, or to the Wildlife Safari game park outside Winston.
    Getting off the beaten track will also give you a look at some fine countryside sometimes overlooked when hurtling through on busy Highway 42. As usual, all it takes is getting off the main highway and the pace immediately slows.
    And of course like any exploration in early summer, the longer hours of sunshine make it seem as if there's more time to do things. So consider a leisurely foray into this often-overlooked corner of our region, and consider it a little vacation from the fog.
    Getting There
    If you're coming from the west on Highway 42: About 2 miles this side of Tenmile, turn right on Ireland Rd. near milepost 62, and follow signs to the reservoir, 1.6 miles.
    If you're coming from the east: From the intersection of Highway 42 and Highway 99 in Winston, go west through rolling country dotted with big picturesque oaks. The grass-covered pasturelands are still green from late rains but are quickly drying out. In about 8 miles from Winston, turn left (S) on Ollala Rd., heading into even more lush and green pasturelands, and passing neatly-kept ranches and a handful of impressive mansions tucked into the landscape. Buttercups, daises and a riotous palette of other wildflowers blanket the fields and crowd the waysides and cutbanks. What a show this year!
    At an intersection with Hoover Hill Rd. in about 2 miles, bear right, staying on Ollala Rd. and following signs to Ben Irving Reservoir.
    In another 2.5 miles bear right on Ireland Rd., following the sign to Ben Irving Reservoir. At another "Y" intersection with Berry Creek Rd., bear left, following the sign to Ben Irving Reservoir. (The way is very well-signed.)
    The road climbs for about a half-mile before dropping down to the reservoir. There are two day-use areas, with a boat ramp at the second, at road's end. A $4 parking fee helps maintain the park.
    Named for a longtime Oregon outdoorsman, this 100-acre reservoir offers swimming, fishing (it's stocked with trout and has other species such as crappie), boating and paddling. Picnic tables dot the shoreline, with many placed in the shade of big leafy trees. What a great place to spend some time on a warm summer day!
    The lake's east end is used primarily by boaters. The lake's west end has boat restrictions, so this is the best section to paddle. Going west from the boat ramp, at 0.3 mile a 5 mph restriction begins. At 0.8 mile from the ramp, a no-motor restriction begins and continues to the lake's end where there's a vibrant wetlands area with many birds and waterfowl. You can add another three miles to the tour by paddling the east section, which ends at a small dam.
    So whether you're just stopping for a short break or want to do some further exploring, consider a visit to this little-visited corner of our region where summertime reigns supreme right now . . .
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Centers and at
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In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Amanda Libbett

Display Advertising Sales

Amanda has resided 10 years in the community, with 6 years sales and marketing experience.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.