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Things to Do In & About - Port Orford, Oregon

ATTRACTIONS in Port Orford Oregon and Arizona Beach Oregon

  • Prehistoric Gardens
  • Wild Game Park - S. of Bandon, Oregon
  • Historic Homes
  • GARRISON LAKE -Picnic, swim, canoe, kayak, water ski, fish, enjoy nature, and spectacular sunsets
  • Elk River Fish Hatchery
  • Elk and Sixes Rivers
  • Fishing - Ocean and Lake - Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chinook salmon (also known as king or blackmouth), and yellow perch
  • Bird-watchers
  • Sportsman's fishing - "Dolly Docks" - 'Floating dock" - Two hoists - Trained hoist operators
  • Aquatic animals - Beaver, mink, muskrat and otter. On Land opossum, raccoon, weasel, deer, and squirrel
  • Coast Guard Lifeboat Station
  • The Hughes House and the Lighthouse at Cape Blanco state park
  • Fish off the Dock, Buy Fish, or Fish off the jetty
  • Shuttles from Sixes Store
  • Downtown Fun Zone
  • Port Orford Today Newspaper
    Port Orford News
    Port Orford is located on the southern Oregon coast 70 miles north of the 
    California and Oregon border. 
    The town is almost 155 years old town, Oregon's oldest and most westernly town. 
    You can take a walking or driving tour with your camera. Many have residents
    in the homes.These Victorian and Farm-style homes were built approximately in 1879.

    Port Orford Events -  The Port Orford July 4th Jubilee is legendary 
    and could be the largest celebration on the south coast. 
    It's a four or five day event that offers something for everyone. 
    Prehistoric Gardens - 36848 Highway 101 Port Orford, OR 97465 (541) 332-4463‎
    West Coast Game Park - Hwy 101, 7 miles South of Bandon, Oregon (541) 347-3106
    20 miles north or Port Orford, Oregon on Highway 101 Walk-thru Safari
    Web Site 
    The Port with no bar to cross. This is a working dock with several dozen 
    commercial fishing vessels in residence. It's also a sportsman's dream, with 
    parking on the dock, fillet tables and friendly staff to help you enjoy your 
    Discover the Port, one of only six "dolly docks" in the world. Boats park on 
    the dock and are hoisted over the side and then lifted out. 
    You've got to see for yourself. Day and short time rates available.
    You can buy fresh fish, even do some fishing off the dock, jetty or sport ramp. 
    It's a fun place to just hangout and watch the seagulls.
    History comes alive in Port Orford!
    The Barracks of the old Coast Guard Lifeboat Station on Coast Guard Hill is 
    actually part of the state park system and offers a beautiful park setting.
    The Hughes House and the Lighthouse at Cape Blanco state park are pristine 
    reminders of our history. 
    The Cape is the most westerly portion of the contigious
    GUN CLUB.........
    Cape Blanco Gun Club - Grassy Knob Road, 1st Drive on Left Port Orford, OR 97465 
    Mailing Address - P.O. Box 525 Port Orford, OR 97465 
    There is a newly upgraded dock and the number of RV Parks, Campgrounds and Motels 
    close by so sport fishermen can enjoy ocean fishing in style. 
    Sport fishermen will find boat fuel for sale at the dock as well as air for 
    diving tanks. A modest daily hoist fee gets you in and out of the water safely. 
    A floating dock with a stairway to the main dock is available in good weather 
    and higher tides. Makes it easy to tie up without being hoisted. 
    The availability of the floating dock is decided by Port management and weather 
    Two hoists reduce waiting time, both in and out. 
    Trained hoist operators are normally available from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
    Hours are adjusted seasonally. It's always a good idea to call the hoist shack 
    (541-332-1306) for weather conditions and times of operation. 
    This is a big lake in the middle of town. 
    This coastal dune lake covers 130 acres, with an average depth of eleven feet. 
    The maximum depth is twenty-eight feet. 
    Bird-watchers can train their binoculars on lots of birds in this fly zone. 
    Be sure to check out the “BIRDS” page of this website to identify them. 
    There are aquatic animals too: beaver, mink, muskrat and otter. On shore opossum, 
    raccoon, weasel, deer, and squirrel might be sited. 
    Fishing is good because the lake is stocked with cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, 
    largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chinook salmon (also known as king or 
    blackmouth), and yellow perch. Drive west on 18th Street, to Pinehurst Drive for 
    easy access to the lake. There is a public fishing dock where canoes and kayaks 
    can be launched. Boats can also be launched from 12th Street at the public dock 
    where there are picnic tables, rest rooms, water, and a barbecue pit.
    Picnic, swim, canoe, kayak, water ski, fish, enjoy nature, and spectacular 
    sunsets…that describes Garrison Lake.
    The Elk River is along the Elk River Road, 4.4 miles north of Port Orford on 
    scenic Highway 101. 
    Elk River Fish Hatchery - In June the Elk River Fish Hatchery sponsors a 
    free fishing weekend for children 10 years old and younger. 
    Fish caught can be 10 inches to 9 pounds and include chinook salmon, 
    winter steelhead, and rainbow trout. Rods, reels, bait, and tackle are provided. 
    Call - 541-332-7025
    Elk and Sixes Rivers - In October and November - chinook salmon and coho salmon.
    In December on sea-run cutthroat trout and winter steelhead.
    The Sixes Store runs shuttles up the Sixes River during peak seasons, 
    contact them at 541-332-6666. 
    FUN ZONE.....
    Downtown Fun Zone - 832 N Highway 101 Port Orford, OR 97465 541-332-6565 
    Mailing Address - P.O. Box 49 Port Orford, OR 97465 
    Fun Zone Web Site

    - Parks -

    STATE PARKS....................
    Buffington Park
    Turn on west on 14th Street – the park begins on the corner of Arizona and 
    14th Street and has picnic areas. It has a playground, a butterfly/hummingbird garden, 
    skateboard park, basketball court, nature trail,horse arena, horse shoe area, 
    miniature golf course, benches, picnic tables, baseball field with 
    handicapped accessible restrooms, and a tennis court. 
    Cape Blanco State Park is located 11 miles north of Port Orford. 
    The 1,880 acre park is near the oldest and highest lighthouse built in 1870.
    Lighthouse Web Site
    This campground is near the ocean and has access to Cape Blanco 
    Lighthouse with beaches and the historic Hughes 
    House. There is cliffs and people like to watch storms from this location.
    The main campground has 54 camp sites.
    Friends of Cape Blanco - Historic Hughes House and Cape Blanco Lighthouse 
    Port Orford, OR 97465  541-332-0248 
    Mailing Address - P.O. Box 1178 Port Orford, OR 97465 
    Web Site 
    The lighthouse and historic home are open from April to October
    Cape Blanco Lighthouse Web Site.
    6 miles south on Highway 101 Humbug Mtn. State Park offers a 
    rare ocean and mountain experience for the day user or serious, long term camper
    With a trout stream and the ocean a short hike away, this year-round park is 
    a popular destination. It has 100 campsites, 35 with electricity 
    Campground has handicapped accessible hot showers ($2 fee if not camping) 
    and flush toilets, a RV dumpsite, and firewood for sale. There is also an 
    amphitheater that seats fifty for summer craft programs and slide shows; 
    many part of the Junior Ranger program. There is a day-use area available 
    for group tenting and picnics, with a gazebo that has tables, water and 
    The campground is in the “banana belt” that has some of the warmest 
    weather on the Oregon coast as the surrounding mountains offer protection 
    from our famous winds and winter storms. Windsurfing, kayaking, and 
    scuba diving are popular along this coastline. Humbug Mountain 
    (elevation 1,756 feet) dominates the park and campground with 
    its switchback trails leading to the top
    Reservations for the regular campsites are not necessary, however, 
    reservations are necessary for Cape Blanco Campground horse camp, 
    group campsite, and log cabins, and Humbug Mountain day-use area. 
    Call 1-800-551-6949
    The Port Orford Heads is a Day Use Only State Park - 
    West off Highway 101 take 9th Street , then turn left at the fork to go up 
    Coast Guard Hill. Just past the museum there is a large parking lot. A trail 
    leads up to a grassy area where three connecting trails lead to the Headlands. 
    Pick one. There are lots of different wildflowers and plants on either side of 
    the well-maintained chip trails. Steep cliffs overlook the ocean, offering 
    unparalleled views of the coastline, including the coves between the cliffs 
    where seals sun on the rocks. 
    Whale watching from the numerous benches is a favorite of locals. 
    Nelly’s Cove, viewed from the south trail, is where the Coast Guard boats 
    were once docked. The Tower Trail ends at a log-pole fence and a half circle 
    viewing area where a watchtower for the Coast Guard was once located. 
    Humbug Mountain and Cape Sebastian can be seen from this area.
    Port Orford Lifeboat Station
    Coast Guard Museum  - 1880's, ship owners and sailors wanted a life-saving station on the southern Oregon coast - 
    the dangerous currents and high winds had driven numerous boats onto the rocky shore. On March 3, 1891, 
    an act of Congress authorized the establishment of a life-saving station at or near Port Orford
    Life boat station web site Web Site
    Oregon State Parks:
    Oregon State Park
    - The above information supplied by the Port Orford Chamber and Curry County-

    Port Orford North Curry Chamber of Commerce
    300 2nd St, Old Town
    P.O. Box 637, Port Orford, OR 97465.
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    Chamber Web Site

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