A small-craft basin, on the S side of the river about 0.9 mile above the entrance, has about 180 berths and a launching ramp; marine supplies are available. Fuel is available by truck. In 1999, the controlling depth was 12 feet from the main channel to the basin, with depths of 5 to 8 feet in the basin.
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The entrance to Coquille River is protected by jetties; a light and sound signal are on the S jetty. A Federal project provides for a depth of 13 feet from the entrance to Bandon. The channel is subject to frequent change, and the deepest water is not always on the entrance range. Local knowledge is essential when the bar is rough. It is reported that the bar breaks even in calm seas and mariners should favor the N in approaching the entrance range. The reported depth above Bandon is about 6 feet to Coquille, 21 miles above the entrance.
The Coast Guard has established Coquille River Regulated Navigation Area Warning Sign, a seasonal rough bar advisory sign, 29 feet above the water, visible from the channel looking seaward on the S shore just N of the Coast Guard station, to promote safety for small-boat operators. The sign is diamond-shaped, painted with an international orange border, and with the words Rough Bar in black letters. The sign is equipped with two quick flashing amber lights that will be activated when hazardous conditions exist and the bar is restricted to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels.