Port Orford, OR

Port Orford, Oregon

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Situated on a marine terrace above a protected natural harbor, Port Orford is the westernmost incorporated city in the contiguous United States. In recent years the town has suffered the same financial woes that have befallen many coastal communities whose economies have depended primarily upon timber and commercial fishing. Port Orford has been slower than most to recover. Nevertheless, the area offers some notable attractions worthy of the traveler’s time. Port Orford’s harbor is a coastal cove, not an estuary, so vessels have no river bar to cross. In calm weather some commercial boats, sport craft, and sailing vessels anchor in the scenic cove. Most boats, however, rest in unusual berths at this unique waterfront; there are no customary docks, floats, or moorage slips. Depending on the time of the year, commercial boats return to port with catches of salmon, blackcod (sablefish), bottom fish, shrimp, or crab. Port Orford is also the center of Oregon’s sea urchin fishery. In the timber world the Port Orford vicinity is well known for beautiful tree bearing the same name.

Port Orford, OR Professional Review and Guide

"Situated on a marine terrace above a protected natural harbor, Port Orford is the westernmost incorporated city in the contiguous United States. In recent years the town has suffered the same financial woes that have befallen many coastal communities whose economies have depended primarily upon timber and commercial fishing. Port Orford has been slower than most to recover. Nevertheless, the area offers some notable attractions worthy of the traveler’s time. Port Orford’s harbor is a coastal cove, not an estuary, so vessels have no river bar to cross.

In calm weather some commercial boats, sport craft, and sailing vessels anchor in the scenic cove. Most boats, however, rest in unusual berths at this unique waterfront; there are no customary docks, floats, or moorage slips. Depending on the time of the year, commercial boats return to port with catches of salmon, blackcod (sablefish), bottom fish, shrimp, or crab. Port Orford is also the center of Oregon’s sea urchin fishery. In the timber world the Port Orford vicinity is well known for beautiful tree bearing the same name."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Port Orford
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for all attractions is provided in the eTrail
Driving Directions: Directions to Port Orford, OR

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