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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 Park.

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.

 


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    Cape Blanco State Park is located 11 miles north of Port Orford. The 1,880 acre park is next to Oregon's oldest and highest lighthouse, built in 1870. The Coast Guard owns the lighthouse and makes it available to visitors through an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management. Visitors can enjoy the black sand ocean beach, fishing, hiking, camping and picnicking.

    Near Cape Blanco, the restored Hughes House, built in 1898, is operated by the state of Oregon as a museum. This two story Victorian house is open for tours Thursday through Monday during May through September.


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