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Spectacular ocean views characterize downtown Port Orford, Oregon.
Located on the southern Oregon coast 27 miles north of Gold Beach,
Port Orford is on one of Oregon's only true ocean harbors. Being
one of the oldest town sites in Coos and Curry counties, it has
a long history as a fishing and lumber port. Fishing boats can't
be moored in the harbor due to it being unprotected from southerly
winds. So, a daily activity at the harbor is hoisting fishing
boats in and out of the wild ocean waves on a converted log boom.
The gigantic rock promontory of Battle Rock dominates the waterfront
shoreline. As the site of an historic battle between the first
landing party of white settlers and local native Americans, Battle
Rock was a key location in Port Orford's history. This battle
is reenacted each 4th of July in Port Orford's Jubilee Celebration.
Now part of Battle Rock State Park, there are trails to the beach,
as well as a trail to the top of the Rock for a windy, gorgeous
view of the Pacific Ocean.
The Elk and Sixes rivers are well known throughout the Pacific
Northwest for their fall and winter steelhead and salmon fishing,
as well as trout, in season. Located just a few miles north of
Port Orford, both rivers have produced record size Chinook salmon.
Float trips are available on the Elk and Sixes rivers.
Wind surfers have discovered the strong ocean winds at Floras
Lake, which has made it a popular windsurfing location. Ocean
surfers ride the waves at Hubbard Creek and Battle Rock State
A hike up the three mile trail to the top of Humbug Mountain
rewards you with impressive vistas of the Oregon coast. The hike
through the lovely virgin forests include groves of the rare Port
Orford cedar. The strong, durable wood was used in plane construction
during World War II. For the less hardy, Humbug State Park has
a campground with (some) RV hookups, and a picnic area, as well
as a trail that leads to the black sands of Humbug Beach.