To Do

The Southern Oregon Coast offers an extensive variety of activities such as:

Fishing:
The Rogue River is world famous, and fishing is no doubt the big reason. The summer salmon run has over 200,000 fish running the Rogue River from mid July thought October. It starts in the bay at Gold Beach and draws anglers from around the globe. This is the time and place for Chinook Salmon, packed with energy from months at sea and ready to put up a fight.

Summer Steelhead & Coho Salmon are also around, starting in late August and mid September.

The Salmon runs aren’t the only action. The Gold Beach ocean charter season goes year-round and is the best in Oregon. With consistent catches of lingcod and rockfish available just a few miles offshore.

Jet Boating: 
Gold Beach is synonymous with jet boats and is the gateway to the Wild & Scenic portion of the Rogue River. Departing from Gold Beach is the only way to get jet boat access to this pristine "Wild Section." The trips are considered a must-do during any Gold Beach visit — at least in the months between May and October. Two outfits run the boats up the Wild and Scenic Rogue River on trips of 64, 80 and 104 round-trip miles, the longer, the wilder — in terms of whitewater and scenery. Excursions include lunch or dinner stopovers at upriver lodges (meal price extra).

Jet boats are designed specifically for safely navigating strong currents and shallow riffles, so you can relax as trained pilots treat you to tall tales and river lore, incredible scenery and sightings of black bear, river otters, eagles and the rare mountain lion.

Golf: 
A brief drive of approximately twenty miles south will bring you to Salmon Run Golf & Wilderness Preserve, a championship 18-hole course with five sets of tees on every hole, plus the most incredible views. One of its top attractions? The quiet — like golfing in a forest. Which, actually, it is.

Located 10 miles north of Gold Beach, Cedar Bend Golf Course's nine holes play like eighteen, set up with multiple tee locations and two flags on each green. Many say that the greens are the best on the coast, with Cedar Creek wandering across or alongside almost every hole.

Or take a day to play one of the premier golf courses of the world, Bandon Dunes, just an hour and a half north of Gold Beach.

Beachcombing & Tidepooling:
One man’s flotsam is another man’s find, and it seems that the farther away you live from the ocean, the more interesting and exciting the everyday stuff from the tides seem to you.

Combing the beach in Oregon is a very different adventure from many beaches around the globe, and that’s mostly because of the driftwood that makes its way down Oregon rivers to the sea. Dramatic new shapes wash in almost daily, and a favorite sandy cove can look entirely different from one day to the next, especially in stormy weather. Agates are another local treasure, a colorful stone that’s considered a real prize; December through April is the best time to spot them, as well as jasper, fossils and petrified wood.

In addition to the beach accessible from your home nearby Meyers Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in the world.

Hiking:
Coast, river or wilderness? How about all three in one hike? This area is a Mecca for those who love to be out in nature at its most… well, natural.

Coastal hiking doesn’t necessarily mean heavy boots and rocky climbs to see incredible sights, and many of the best are short enough so you can plan kayaking, fishing or napping later in the day. Trail guides and maps for the Coast Trail, Rogue and Illinois River trails and others are available at the Gold Beach Visitors Center; there are fees to park at some of the trailheads.

Just a short drive from your home is the Cape Sebastian Trail - either a short or all day hike.  Click here for more details.

Whale Watching:
There are two ways to go about this: You can charter a boat and get up close and cozy with a California gray whale, or you can just keep glancing out to sea every time you’re on a bluff hiking, biking, walking or driving. Chances are excellent that you’ll eventually spot a plume of water spouting from a blowhole. Carry binoculars and you may get to see the magnificent mammals breaching the surface of the water.

The best time of year to take advantage of the California gray whale's 12,000-mile migratory route is between December and May. Till February they’re heading south as far as the Arctic, and tend to travel to 2 miles offshore; from March through May they’re on their way back north, and cruise closer in, just beyond the surfline.

The rest of the year you might catch sight of one of the "locals" — whales that have taken up permanent residence off the Oregon coast. Early morning and late evening, when the water is calm, are best times.

Museums:
The Curry County Historical Society Museum maintains an important collection of historic artifacts relating to the area’s history; these items were recently relocated to Gold Beach’s newest museum, named after its benefactor, a descendent of one of the pioneering families of Curry County. At the Alice Wakeman Memorial Building you’ll find the Salmon King of Oregon exhibit, the Wedderburn Quilt and volunteers who can explain these items’ significance. Check out the bookstore’s selection of local and regional history books.

Other nearby spots to catch the local flavor of the past include the Rogue River Museum, and further upriver, the Agness-Illahe Museum (541-247-7960). Coastal options include the Coast Guard Station Museum at Port Orford, the Port Orford Lifeboat Museum and the Hughes House Cape Blanco Lighthouse to the north, and Chetco Valley Historical Society Museum in Brookings (541-469-2753).  Information about less traditional style museums (classic cars, dinosaurs) can be found here.

Scenic Drives:
Well of course there's the coast. The stretch of US 101 between Gold Beach and Brookings is considered one of the most "oooooohhh!" and "wow!" scenic drives in the state, and one that’s usually less trafficked than up north. Look for waysides; there are lots of picnic spots and hiking trails.

But turn off the highway and you’ll find as much to be amazed by. Considered one of the most beautiful is Floras Lake State Park, off US 101 just north Port Orford. While you’re up here, check out nearby Cape Blanco State Park, the westernmost point in the continental United States, and the Elk River, also marked along US 101.

Near your home in a 1-3 hour 35 mile round trip Pistol River Loop.  The history of the Crook Family who is hosting you is interwoven in this loop as you will traverse through Pistol River and part of the 3,000 acre Crook Ranch.
 

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