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Welcome To Port Orford
A Little About Our Town of Port Orford!

The town’s main event is a 4th of July celebration and fireworks display.
The next time you want to get away from it all, leave the crowds behind when you go.
In Port Orford, halfway between Bandon and Gold Beach, you’ll find everything you’re looking for. From spectacular seascapes and mountain hiking trails with panoramic vistas, to art galleries and an authentic Victorian mansion. With ocean, lake and river fishing, boating and kayaking, and absolutely perfect windsailing conditions. But here, there’s a difference. You don’t have to push your way through traffic jams or clogged sidewalks to enjoy it.

Small, friendly, quirky, with a relaxing energy in a naturally beautiful setting...Port Orford is filled with nice people, an unhurried atmosphere and no stop lights.

It has a very active artistic community, with eight art galleries owned and operated by working artists, including some genuinely world-class talents. Plus charming gift shops, a motorcycle museum and a very comfortable movie theatre (with an amazing selection of goodies), and a series of restaurants where you can enjoy creative cuisine, a New York-style Italian trattoria, great diner food, seafood, steaks and what locals believe is the best fish and chips and chowder on the coast.

The oldest platted townsite on the Oregon coast, the most westerly city in the continental U.S., and the northern gateway to the America's Wild Rivers Coast, Port Orford honors its rich history. Visit Battle Rock Historical Park, the site of a famous battle between Indians and the first whites trying to settle here – there’s a visitor information center at the park. Stop by the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum, which features a restored Coast Guard Station, shipwreck memorabilia, and many artifacts from the years when the Coast Guard Station was providing services to ships off one of America's most dangerous headlands.  And, just a few miles north of town is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest and most westerly lighthouse in Oregon and, in the same park, the beautifully restored Victorian Hughes House Museum.

And don’t miss the port of Port Orford. It is the only natural, open water port for 600 miles and only one of six "dolly" ports in the world.  It’s an amazing site to see working fishing boats lifted into and out of the water every day.


Kite flying, beachcombing, camping, fishing, ocean and windsurfing, crabbing, clamming, picnicking and visiting local shops and restaurants are popular local activities. There's also hiking at nearby Humbug Mountain and at Point Orford Heads State Park.


 •  Cape Blanco Lighthouse
 •  Port of Port Orford Docks
 •  Battle Rock Historical Park
 •  Point Orford Heads State Park
 •  Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum
 •  Elk River Fish Hatchery
 •  Floras Lake
 •  Garrison Lake
 •  Hughes House Victorian Home
 •  Humbug Mountain Camping and Mountain Trail
 •  Roadside Cranberry Fields
 •  Prehistoric Gardens

Annual Events

February - Annual E.S.A. Sorority Valentine's Traveling Bake Sale
March - Port Orford/Langlois School District Spring Break
March - Whale Watch Week at Battle Rock
April - Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Buffington Park
April - Spring Beach Clean-up
April - Opening of Historical Sites: Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Historic Hughes House and Port Orford Lifeboat Stations Museum
July - Annual Fourth of July Jubilee
September - Art and Seafood Festival
October - Fall Beach Clean-Up
December - Bazaar Holiday with five unique bazaars
December -Annual Christmas Children's Weekend
December -Historic Hughes House Christmas Tours
December -Winter Whale Watch Week at Battle Rock

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