remains unprotected by breakwaters
or jetties, so the local fishing fleet uses a unique system in
which the boats are hoisted up from the water and onto trailers
parked on a large fishing dock. Horseneck Clams are found about
three or four feet in the mud and sand in the bay. They have a
shell that measures 6 to 8 inches. "Gaper" is the true name for
Horseneck clam. the best place to go claming is Carleton Bay.
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 more!
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. Elk River
is north of the town. 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 berths. For Visitor Info Call:
Port Orford Chamber Of Commerce 541-332-8055
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