fishing: Discover Port Orford One of Oregon's Most Idyillic Seaside Towns. - 05/09/09 04:35 PM
Get away to Oregon's Hidden Seaside Town is the title of the article recently published in Sunset Magazine.
The hidden seaside town is Port Orford and the writer, Susan Houser, and the photographer, John Clark, have done a very good job of portraying "the not-so-sleepy charms of one of Oregon's most idyllic seaside towns."
I've been telling you all about Port Orford in my localizm blog but here is an outsiders opinion that substantiates what I've been blogging about.

fishing: Strengths of Port Orford - Port Orford Oregon 97465 - 04/28/09 08:11 AM
A prospective buyer from California recently asked: "What kind of town is Port Orford?"  I spoke about the natural beauty of the area then explained that in my opinion the people in Port Orford are its greatest strength. I shared with him my own experience about how open and accepting the community was when my wife and I arrived back in 2005 and how supportive our new friends and neighbors were when my wife needed major surgery to restore her to good health. Then I shared my sense of our community's spirit and our community's sense of place, He decided he needed to experience Port Orford first hand and is scheduling a visit … (0 comments)

fishing: Scuba Divers Top Choice Port Orford, OR 97465 - 02/03/09 04:27 AM
Like many who visit our beaches I enjoy clam bakes and cook outs with my beverage of choice on the beach with music and conversations by a bon fire that burns into the early hours of the morning. I don't scuba dive but the divers I've met here in Port Orford tell me it is one of their favorite places. Many have made it a yearly tradition and for those who are here on the 4th of July we have a spectacular display of fireworks at the Battle Rock Park beach.
One of the best trip reports I've seen was written after a … (4 comments)

fishing: Wind and Rain Festival Port Orford, OR 97465 - 01/22/09 04:05 PM
Port Orford is located at the north end of the Southern Oregon Coast ‘Banana Belt.’ Our winter storms come in on the 'Pineapple Express' from Hawaii.
Locals in Port Orford take pride in our weather and frequently joke about our 'Wind and Rain Festival; which they will say with a smile starts on 1 January and ends on 31 December each year. Personally, I love the wind, rain, and moderate 'Banana Belt' temperatures in Port Orford. However, I think anyone considering a move to this area or a vacation during the fall or winter should understand the minimum, maximum, and average … (0 comments)

fishing: Fishing the Elk River Port Orford, OR 97465 - 01/08/09 06:07 AM
The Elk River is one of three world-class salmon, cutthroat and steelhead trout fishing rivers in the Port Orford area. It rises approximately 25 miles into the Coastal Range of mountains of northern Curry County in the Siskiyou National Forest. Generally speaking it flows in a westerly direction through Grassy Knob Wilderness, when it reaches Port Orford it generally flows northwest, and drains into the Pacific just south of Cape Blanco.
The Elk River watershed is representative of the old-growth ecosystems along the southern Oregon coast. The scenic quality in the river corridor is a result of a combination of the … (0 comments)

fishing: Fishing the Sixes River Port Orford, OR 97465 - 01/07/09 10:10 AM
The Sixes River is one of three world-class salmon, cutthroat and steelhead trout fishing rivers in the forests around Port Orford. It rises approximately 30 miles into pristine areas of the Coastal Range of mountains of northern Curry County just south of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Siskiyou National Forest. Generally speaking it flows in a westerly direction through the Grassy Knob Wilderness, by the unincorporated town of Sixes, and drains into the Pacific just north of Cape Blanco.
The upper Middle Fork of the Sixes River and the North Fork of the Elk River are under consideration for wilderness designation as part of … (0 comments)

fishing: Our Lagoon became a Lake Port Orford, OR 97465 - 12/19/08 06:59 AM
The geologic history of Garrison Lake is somewhat unique among the Oregon coast sand dune lakes. It was a lagoon as recently as 1926. Then migrating sands formed the sand dune that currently blocks the mouth of the lagoon. Then freshwater from the watershed ponded up behind the dune to form the lake. Over time, natural filtering and freshwater dilution reduced the salinity levels and the lagoon became a freshwater lake.

This photo is focused on the mouth of Garrison Lagoon and Agate Beach circa 1926
 This is a view of the sand bar from Agate Beach just south of Garrison … (2 comments)

fishing: Garrison Lake Port Orford, OR 97465 - 12/19/08 06:38 AM
Garrison Lake is a shallow coastal lake located in Port Orford. The lake is labeled Garrison Lagoon on some older maps, but it is a freshwater lake today. This view is looking south over the lake toward Humbug Mountain.

Max. Depth                  31 feet
Mean Depth                 12 feet
Surface Area               129 acres
Perimeter                    4.4 miles
Volume                       496 million gallons
It was named for John B. Garrison, a pioneer settler who was with Captain William Tichenor when he founded the town of Port Orford in 1851.
The lake is currently used for kayaking, boating, and fishing. In the … (0 comments)

fishing: Cape Blanco Lighthouse Circa 1870 Port Orford, OR 97465 - 12/16/08 11:45 AM
This isolated lighthouse holds at least four Oregon records: it is the oldest continuously operating light, the most westerly, it has the highest focal plane above the sea, (256 feet), and Oregon's first woman keeper, Mabel E. Bretherton signed on in March 1903.
Cape Blanco's lens measures 4'8" in diameter and 6'8" in height. It is larger than a second order (4'7" by 6'1") lens, but smaller than a first order (6'1" by 7'10") lens. We do not know what happened to the original lens after it was shipped to the Tongue Point (Astoria) depot by way of the steamer "Manzanita."

fishing: 1 of 6 "Dolly Ports" in the world Port Orford, OR 97465 - 12/16/08 04:56 AM
The port of Port Orford is the only natural, open, deep water port for 600 miles and only one of six "dolly" ports in the world. Working fishing boats are lifted into and out of the water every day. The boats are stored on the dock each on its own dolly.
This is photo was taken from Harbor Dr. looking southwest

These are some of the older 'wooden hull' commercial fishing boats in service today.

This is one of the 2 hoists that lift the boats in an out of the water.


Looking West from the Dock

George Bennett, Inactive Principal Broker, GRI (Inactive)

George Bennett

Inactive Principal Broker, GRI

Port Orford, OR

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