A large array of
driftwood is deposited on the shore during storms and high winds. This
makes beachcombing plentiful. Agates and other semi-precious stones
can be found in the gravel at low and high tides. The waves move the
beach gravel which exposes them. Go at low tide.
The 4th of July celebration and fireworks display is the town’s main
event. People from all over come to see this spectacular yearly event.
This beautiful area has an
abundance of recreational activities. Explore the mountains, beaches,
wildlife, campgrounds, fishing, crabbing, whale watching, scuba
diving, windsurfing, wilderness mountain hiking or biking and much
History - The bluffs of Port Orford overlooking the Pacific
Ocean were first sighted in 1792 by Capt. George Vancouver who named
the area for England's Earl of Orford. The town, settled in the
1850's, became a shipping center for cedar, which remains a primary
industry. The first settlers were drawn to this natural harbor. They
came to log the virgin forests that included Port Orford cedar (the
aromatic white cedar). A skirmish between the Indians and the
intruding settlers forced the settlers onto a small offshore island
that became known as Battle Rock.
To the north of town is the Elk River. Chinook fishing starts in early
November (when the heavier rains begin) and lasts through January.
Steelhead fishing starts around the end of January and runs for about
90 days. The unique open water port is famous for its huge yellow
cranes which fishermen use to launch their boats from their dry dock
For Visitor Info Call: Port Orford Chamber Of Commerce
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