|Port Orford Bay
Battle Rock Park, overlooking one of the most awe-inspiring views along the entire Pacific Coast, is the heart and soul of the town. Walk the beach or climb the great rock where great battles between soldiers and Native Americans in 1851 signaled the start of the oldest town in Oregon.
Wade the tidepools, where you can gather mussels and clams in season. Spot birds, or sea creatures such as starfish, limpets, dogwinkles, Oregon Tritons, hermit crabs, and sea urchins.
Wind, surfboard, and body surfing are said to be the best on the Oregon coast. The bay offers sets of head-high face waves for surfers with wetsuits about any time of year, and kayaks and canoes are popular in calm weather.
The Orford Reefs host the 2nd largest Stellar sea lion rookery, the kelp beds are among the largest on the Pacific Coast and twice a year, trained volunteers teach whale watching as thousands of gray whales, some as large as 45 feet, feed near shore during summer and fall migration. Orcas, or killer whales, have also been spotted near Port Orford.
But please be careful walking along our beaches here (particularly Agate Beach). Sneaker waves can seemingly come from nowhere to overwhelm someone who isn't paying attention.
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