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 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 visit 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 541-332-9535 Mailing Address - P.O. Box 525 Port Orford, OR 97465 FISHING: 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 conditions. 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. GARRISON LAKE 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
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 CAMPGROUND - 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. HUMBUG MTN. STATE PARK 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 electricity. 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 PORT ORFORD HEADS STATE PARK 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