Things to Do in Port Orford, Oregon

Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Port Orford Visitor’s Center

Discover an authentic fishing village in the westernmost corner of Oregon. Nestled between the emerald mountains of the Coast Range and the sapphire waters of the mighty Pacific, Port Orford stands alone. Discover remote wild and scenic rivers, mossy temperate...

520 Jefferson
Port Orford, OR

541-332-4106

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Hawthorne Gallery

You’ll find paintings, sculptures, jewelry in wood, metal, glass and ceramics at Hawthorne Gallery. The gallery features iron work, bronze/granite, Raku, cast glass, wood figures and members of the Hawthorne family, painting and steel, blown and cast glass, jewelry, ceramic...

267 W. Sixth St.
Port Orford, OR

541-366-2266
Email us (chris[at]chrishawthorne[dot]com)

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Port Orford Heads State Park

The Port Orford Lifeboat Station was constructed in 1934 by the Coast Guard to provide lifesaving service to the southern portion of the Oregon Coast until 1970. A museum, operated by the Cape Blanco Heritage Society, is now housed in...

Port Orford, OR

541-332-6774

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Paradise Point State Recreation Site

A parking area with an expansive coastal vista stretching from Port Orford Heads to Orfords offshore reef and distant Cape Blanco and the lighthouse there. The beach is great for beachcombing; it's not unusual to find floats and agates here.

Port Orford, OR

541-332-6774

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Elk River Fish Hatchery

The Elk River Fish Hatchery is located approximately 8 miles up the beautiful Elk River. The Hatchery was completed in 1971. It has 10 ponds and an intake. The Hatchery raises steelhead and Chinook salmon. The Chinook salmon are released...

95163 Elk River Road
Port Orford, OR

(541) 332-7025
Email us (odfw[dot]info[at]state[dot]or[dot]us)

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Humble Heron Fly Fishing

Humble Heron Fly Fishing is dedicated to your experience, instruction and conservation. Humbly serving the steelhead stoke through seasons, soul, and creativity. Guides James and Kait Sampsel instruct, educate, and connect anglers of all abilities and ages to find themselves;...

Port Orford, OR

541-604-0582
Email us (info[at]humbleheronflyfishing[dot]com)

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Great Mountain Biking on the Oregon Coast

Imagine carving a graceful turn as the smell of salt air fills your nostrils. Or dropping in to a perfect break with no one in sight. No, we’re not talking surfing here — this is mountain biking on the Oregon Coast. Over the past decade, new trail systems have been popping up along the Coast and might just be the state’s best-kept secret for mountain biking enthusiasts.
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The Science of Sand

Next to majestic sea stacks and awe-inspiring surf, sand might not be the most obvious marvel of the Oregon Coast. Without those humble little granules, though, there would be no sandcastles, no writing your name on the beach and no sinking your toes into warm softness on a dune hike. Here’s a crash course on how sand comes and goes, who lives in this special habitat, and how we can help protect it.
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Ship Watching in Astoria

Most visitors to Astoria arrive from the east or south. It’s the most northwestern city in Oregon, after all, situated on the south bank of the Columbia River where it meets the roiling Pacific Ocean. But a few special visitors to Astoria actually arrive from the west, and some of them haven’t seen land in nearly two weeks.
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5 Winter Forest Walks on the Oregon Coast

There is something invigorating about a walk through a coastal Oregon forest at the start of the new year — swollen creeks and thundering falls; deep, mossy greens; towering, swaying trees. Underfoot could be banana slugs, newts and mushrooms; above, the occasional bald eagle or osprey sailing by. One can’t help but be energized and refreshed, ready to embark on another year with a new commitment to getting out amidst all the splendor this corner of the world has to offer.
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Snuggle Up With a Great Book on the Coast

Short days and crisp weather create the perfect environment for cozying up with a good book, and the Oregon Coast is a great place to do it. We asked Charlie J. Stephens — owner of Port Orford’s Sea Wolf Books & Community Writing Center — for their recommendations of what and where to read on the Coast this winter. Here are some favorites to check out on your next coastal vacation.
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Tide Pooling With an Expert at Cape Perpetua

Discover the wild and wonderful world of Oregon’s intertidal zones. Full of mystery, the intertidal zone on the Oregon Coast is brimming with colorful marine life. During low tide, a captivating cosmos is revealed — guides can help you explore...
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