Shady Cove is located at 42°36'36" North, 122°48'57" West (42.610044, -122.815923).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.00 mi2 (5.19 km2). 2.00 mi2 (5.18 km2) of it is land and 0.00 mi2 (0.01 km2) of it is covered by water. The total area is 0.21% water.
Shady Cove is located in the Pacific Standard Time (PST) timezone, GMT-08:00. It observes Daylight Saving Time (DST).