Brookings - Harbor Chamber of
P.O. Box 940
Brookings, OR 97415
Fax: (541) 469-4094
| 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
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.
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.
||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.
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
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