HARRIS BEACH STATE PARK

HARRIS BEACH STATE PARK Your first impression of Harris Beach State Park will be a locale with marvelously varied terrain. You can walk the beach and run from the waves. Climb to the top of a large rock for a great view, while resisting the temptation to...

CHETCO RIVER

CHETCO RIVER Adventures include fishing for Salmon and steelhead; camping, exploring, picnicking, hiking and swimming along the crystal clear Chetco River and into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Here are a few of the great areas to explore in the unspoiled beauty of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

LONE RANCH BEACH

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...

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...

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...

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 there, she twists, roars, flows and sweeps for 84 miles through the Cascade, Siskiyou and Coastal mountain ranges. The lovely stretch from Gold Beach up through Blossom Bar is accessible via jet boat tours offered by two local companies. A must see attraction for tourists, aside from the exhilarating boat ride, wild life viewing abounds. For bird watchers, you may see Snowy Egrets, Blue Herons, Osprey, Canadian Geese, Great Horned Owls, Grouse, Partridges, Pheasant, Quail and Bald Eagles. Mammals that inhabit the river valley include black bears, Elk, deer, mink, muskrats, foxes, mountain lions and bobcats. Included in the river and sea life are Salmon, Steelhead, Brown and Golden Trout, Catfish, sturgeon, River Otters, beavers, sea lions and whales. Enjoy fishing, rafting, water skiing, kayaking and canoeing. Between June and October, the wild and scenic section of the river is accessible by permit only.

SMITH RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

The Northern California and Southern Oregon area offers wild and scenic vistas that enhance the jewel that is Brookings/Harbor. A few of them are jewels in their own right, the Smith River National Recreation area being one of them. The Smith River drains the western slopes of the jagged Siskiyou Mountains in the far northwestern corner of California. The recreation area is exquisitely set just east of Crescent City, a breathtaking yet easy drive from Brookings. The last of California’s free flowing rivers, more than 300 miles of the Smith and its North, South and Middle forks have been designated as wild and scenic. The Smith River watershed contains some of the most beautiful scenery and exciting recreation opportunities our area has to offer. Kayak, canoe, boat fish or swim the river while enjoying the sights and sounds of a pristine wilderness. The parks 300,000 acres include 65 miles of hiking and nature trails, and one of a kind vistas in a remote setting. Campgrounds offer both primitive and more developed overnight camping experiences. Make sure you give yourself enough time to explore this area thoroughly, you’ll be glad you did.

JEDIDIAH SMITH REDWOODS STATE PARK

Named for the first white explorer to venture into California’s interior in 1826, Jedediah Smith State Park can be found at the junction of highways 199 and 197. 10,000 acres of old growth redwoods shade the Smith River, nearly the entire park acts as its water shed. The park contains almost half of all the old-growth Redwoods left in California. In addition to the Redwoods the park is dotted with Western Hemlock, Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir and the increasingly rare Port Orford Cedar. Understory growth includes Tan Oak, Red Alder, California Bay, Madrone and Maple. Visitors to the park can avail themselves of the nearly 20 miles of hiking and nature trails and do a little bird watching. Species living in the park include Bald Eagles, Marbled Murrelets and the infamous Spotted Owl. There is plenty of river access and if fishing is your pleasure, you can cast for King Salmon and Steelhead trout during their fall and winter runs.

Guests can fan out from the Visitor’s Center to make use of over 100 campsites. Although reservations are not required, they are highly recommended during the busy summer season. There is also a group campground that can be reserved for special occasions, it can accommodate up to 50 people. Temperatures vary with your location in the park so the best idea is to dress in layers. Summer temps range from 45-85 degrees, winters are cooler at 30-60 degrees.

STOUT GROVE

“Look up, up, up and all becomes festival.” A 900-year-old poem suggests what is waiting for you at Stout Grove at the end of one of the most rewarding bad roads in Northern California. Howland Hills Road, which follows the historic stagecoach route to Oregon, is a narrow dirt lane winding between the massive trunks of old-growth Redwood trees, as it follows the course of the Smith River’s south fork. Passenger cars and trucks will have no problem navigating this old stagecoach route which once liked Crescent City to Grants Pass. If traveling north on the 101, take 199 east, if you are coming from the north, you’ll head east 14 miles sooner on the 197. Take South Fork Road south between Hiouchi and Gasquet, then turn right on Douglas Park Road, which becomes Howland Hill. This ancient grove contains Jedediah Smith Parks largest Redwood, 340 tall and 22 feet in diameter. It takes seven people holding hands to encircle its girth. You’ll find Stout Grove’s trailhead here, take the 30-minute walk, it’s well worth it and easy enough for novices. The trail is even wheelchair accessible. Some of these trees are over 2000 years old; looking up into the canopy gives you the same sensation as gazing at stars. Go to Stout Grove and look up, up, up. Be a part of the festival.

BATTERY POINT LIGHTHOUSE

On December 10, 1856 when the Battery Point Lighthouse was first lit, it became the 9th lighthouse on the California coast. Accessible only at low tide the lighthouse is located at the west end of the harbor, at the bottom of A Street. The last light keeper departed the tiny island in 1953 when the light was automated. It is now run as part museum, part navigation tool by the Del Norte County Historical Society.

Following is an account of the Tsunami strike of 1964, by Peggy Coons, who was living in the lighthouse as one of the curators at the time.

“The water withdrew as if someone had pulled the plug. It receded a distance of three-quarters of a mile from the shore. We were looking down, as though from a high mountain, into a black abyss. It was a mystical labyrinth of caves, canyons, basins, and pits, undreamed of in the wildest of fantasies.

The basin was sucked dry…In the distance, a black wall of water was rapidly building up, evidenced by a flash of white as the edge of the boiling and seething seawater reflected the moonlight.

Then the mammoth wall of water came barreling towards us. It was a terrifying mass, stretching up from the ocean floor and looking much higher than the island. Roxey shouted, “Let’s head for the tower!” – but it was too late. “Look out!” he yelled and we both ducked as the water struck, split and swirled over both sides of the island. It struck with such force and speed that we felt we were being carried along with the ocean. It took several minutes before we realized that the island hadn’t moved.”

SOUTH BEACH

South Beach in Crescent City was once a surfing Mecca, rumor has it the wet suit for surfing was invented here, where the water temperature doesn’t rise much above 59 degrees. Located next to the Port, there’s fun to be had in the lovely, coastal spot. Enjoy swimming, boating or sight seeing, stop into a local restaurant for dinner or hop a charter fishing boat. Ocean World Aquarium is just up the highway, stop in and pet a shark or meet a friendly sea lion. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the beachfront park that separates down town from the harbor area, or simply take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the sea lions and sand.

MT. EMILY BOMBSITE