MT. EMILY BOMBSITE

MT. EMILY BOMB SITE The Southern Oregon, Northern California coast strikes visitors as so beautiful and untouched, they sometimes conclude that the area has somehow escaped history. That conclusion is a real part of the appeal which draws visitors and new residents to...

SALMON RUN GOLF COURSE

SALMON RUN GOLF COURSE Salmon Run Golf Course is a golf retreat unlike any other in the Pacific Northwest. Located in beautiful Brookings Harbor and set in a maturely wooded area, this course is accented by panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Golf Digest...

LOEB PARK

LOEB PARK Just a fifteen minute drive north east of Brookings lies one of the most beautiful areas in Oregon. It runs beside the Chetco River which rises inland and flows fifty leisurely miles down to the Pacific and the Port of Brookings Harbor. The gateway to this...

SURROUNDING AREA

SURROUNDING AREA ROGUE RIVER One of only eight rivers in the U.S. originally designated by congress as a "National Wild and Scenic River", the Rogue River empties into the Pacific in Gold Beach, Oregon. Her headwaters are none other than those of Crater Lake, from...

WINCHUCK RIVER

WINCHUCK RIVER One mile north of the California State Line and six miles south of downtown Brookings, lies the mouth of the southernmost of Oregon's rivers, the Winchuck. The Winchuck courses along the Oregon side of the common border of the two states. Where the...

CHETCO POINT PARK

CHETCO POINT PARK Do you like unexpected treasures? Would you like them to be stunning? Brookings offers the spectacular gem you will always remember. Chetco Point Park is one of the most beautiful locations in Oregon, on the west coast . . . . in the world! Chetco...

THE PORT OF BROOKINGS HARBOR

THE PORT OF BROOKINGS HARBOR The Port of Brookings Harbor is not just the busiest recreational maritime port on the Oregon coast, generating an average 100 boat departures a day year round. It is more than one of the most active chinook salmon harbors...

WHALESHEAD BEACH

WHALESHEAD BEACH Whaleshead Beach is one of the most gorgeous locations along the Oregon Coast. Offshore there is a sea stack that looks like the head of a Whale. The sea stack is cut with a rock channel and when a wave hits it, it spurts a spray that actually looks...

AZALEA PARK

AZALEA PARK Azalea park is a thirty-three acre park containing ancient native azaleas that were growing here when Lewis and Clark wintered on the Oregon Coast in 1805-06. Azalea Park offers active and passive recreational activities. It lies amongst several...

MCVAY ROCK RECREATION SITE

McVAY ROCK RECREATION SITE We get so much pleasure from discovering hidden treasures, it is an easy prediction that McVay Rock State Recreation Site will delight you and be one of the best memories of your visit to Brookings. A Hidden Treasure McVay is a well-hidden...

LONE RANCH BEACH

Lone Ranch Beach is located 4 and a half miles north of Brookings. Once there, you will take in the collection of sea stack jutting from an ocean whose color changes from hour to hour as the sun, clouds and lighting varies. This part of the Oregon coast has more of these impressive off-shore rock piles than almost any other spot on the Pacific Coast. They provide a rugged contrast to the flatness and color of the ocean.

Cape Ferrelo is just north of the parking area. If there is any wind, it will turn the Cape into a moving sea of grass whose surface is as restless and compelling as that of the Pacific. Each spring, the grass covering the Cape is buried under a ravishing tapestry of yellow daffodils.

There is easy access to the beach walking along an asphalt trail that passes a public restroom and several picnic benches, each with its own fire ring. In fact, Lone Ranch is quite handicapped accessible. On the right side of the paved walk notice the earthen bank containing millions of shells left by Native Americans who collected and attached sacred value to them. For the end of the asphalt you can see a tide pool filled with starfish, crab, anemone and the occasional otter that are happy to be looked at, but not touched. If you are venturesome and surefooted, when the tide is low you can pass the tide pool and continue around and under Cape Ferrelo.

On the beach itself, you can wade, walk, swim, fly a kite, – kite flying is particularly appropriate – feed the seagulls or just sit; there is something for everyone.

Follow the beach back to the south end of the shore line at low tide and you can go around the rocky point. You will enjoy watching the sea lions which are visible without binoculars. If you are feeling particularly spry, you can scramble up a slope strewn with boulders. At the top you can see a more remote pebbly beach and get a view south towards California and distant Point St. George lighthouse.

AZALEA PARK
WHALESHEAD BEACH