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Brookings - Harbor Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 940
Brookings, OR 97415
(541) 469-3181
(800) 535-9469
Fax: (541) 469-4094
Email: chamber@wave.net
With the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Siskiyou National Forest to the north, the Klamath Mountains to the northeast, and the Chetco River running through the heart of it all, Brookings' recreational offerings know no limits.

If you're into hiking, biking, or horseback riding, the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area within the Siskiyou National Forest provides you with numerous forks in the road - some that are charted, some that are not.

Your options are no less if you travel by sea. There are sportfishing charters available, as well as river guides, whale-watching tours, and a large sportboat basin for private craft.

Of course, southwest Oregon's 350-foot redwoods are in a class all their own, as is the state's largest Monterey Cypress tree, which is rooted in Harbor. Wild mushrooms of many varieties and colors grow rampant in this neck of the woods, and one local grower incredibly provides most of the hydrangea cuttings used for potted plants sold throughout the United States and Canada.

Of course, when it comes to wildlife, southwest Oregon's most famous and popular resident creature proves to be the gray whale. These mammoth mammals can be spotted from pleasant surroundings such as Harris State Beach and Sporthaven Beach. Alternatively, you can book a whale-watching party with one of the local guides. He or she will increase your chances of a Kodak moment dramatically.

{short description of image} Whales, the big California grays, may have been endangered once, but here, you can see them growing in number. Watch from shore or take a guided tour out among the giants. Be sure to have a camera! Enjoy crabbing, calming, bottom-fishing, and mussel-gathering. Bottom fish and clams are outstanding and native mussels are the best.
By the way, in between waiting for a blowhole to spout water, you may want to do a little surfing. After all, Harris Beach and Sporthaven Beach are the best around for catching a wave, and Sessions Surf Company in Brookings always carries the latest in state-of-the-art rental equipment. Or, if you'd rather take to the air, the Pistol River that washes through Gold Beach, a seaside port about 100 miles to the north, continues to establish itself as a mecca for wind surfers.

As for those who would rather go a more traditional recreational route, there are two excellent golf courses nearby, several top-flight tennis facilities in the area, and a local bowling alley to boot.

The recently opened Salmon Run Golf and Wilderness Preserve (pictured right) in Brookings is cut from the same mold as one of Scotland's traditional links.

The Bandon Dunes Golf Course, located north of Brookings Harbor in Bandon Dunes has been ranked by Golfweek magazine as the 10th best course constructed in this country over the past 40 years. The pros describe it as a cross between Pebble Beach and Carnoustie. Lastly, bowlers will surely find something right down their alley at the Brookings' ever-popular Azalea Lanes.
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