Visiting Oregon's South Coast
The Port of Brookings-Harbor lies at the mouth of the Chetco River on the Southern Oregon Coast just a few miles from the Northern California border. The unique coast-line, with picturesque beaches and numerous sea stacks, almost always requires a photo and our moderate year round climate, ensures visitor's comfort. It is a photographer's paradise with spectacular views around every corner and it's not unusual to witness the annual migration of large gray whales close to the shore and occasionally, Blue Whales and Orcas are also seen. Humboldt County, home of the world's tallest trees and Giant Redwood groves, are less than 15 miles away.
Our area is considered a fisherman's paradise with ocean fishing available most of the year and three world class rivers are available to the angler, within 25 miles. Fishermen come from all over the world to try their luck at salmon and steelhead in the Rogue River as well as the Chetco River and the Smith River in northern California.
The Port of Brookings-Harbor is located at the mouth of the Chetco River and is the safest bar on the west coast. Almost every day of the year, fishermen journey along the Chetco River Bar in search of Snapper, Ling Cod, Halibut and when in season, Chinook and Coho Salmon. Many local fishermen also keep a few pots handy to try for the delicious Dungeness Crab and Shrimp. Guide services and charters are available most of the year and they are skilled navigators at locating schools of fish.
Occasionally in the winter, we can experience storms coming in from the south and west. Many find the experience of watching the ocean "up front and close" during a big storm, to be spectacular. Some visitors time their visits to our area just to be here during one of these weather events.
All of the amenities required for a fun and comfortable stay are available either at the Port, or less than one mile away. A large number of Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Camp Grounds, State Parks and RV Parks can accommodate visitors. Good restaurants and shops are numerous. Check our Business Directory for more details.
In addition to the activities mentioned on this page, please refer to the Events Page.
 Larry Dennis - Kayaking - Brookings, Oregon [Photograph] Ed Hesse Photography, June 21, 2010.
 Beach BBQ - Sporthaven Beach - Brookings, Oregon [Photograph] Ed Hesse Photography, July 23, 2011.