About Port Orford
Our identity and heritage have been based on our natural resources. We overlook the mighty Pacific. Rivers, wetlands, creeks, beaches and green bluffs all make up the wild and windy landscape. Our residents appreciate the community’s environment with fresh air, changing cloud formations all the way to the horizon, gorgeous sunsets, a mild climate and dark night sky.
Like many small American towns, Port Orford is in a time of transition between our history and our future, trying to find the best way to shape development to protect and enhance our unique nature.
Our past is rooted in fishing and timber, particularly the beautiful but endangered Port Orford cedar. The timber has faded, but the fishing remains a vital part of our community.
The natural harbor at the north end of Port Orford Bay has one of only two "dolly docks" in the US and six in the world, where boats are lifted in and out of the water by huge cranes and parked on large, custom-made trailers on the dock. A working fishing port, the Port Of Port Orford is home to almost 30 commercial fishing boats, which landed nearly $5 million in product last year.
We are also known for our active artist community, with 8 galleries owned and operated by working artists, and for some of our beautifully maintained historic sites, such as Hughes House and the Coast Guard Lifeboat Station.
Local historian makes a
great Port Orford Video.
Port Orford was visited
by representatives from
government to look
our water issues.
Port Orford was first inhabited by the Native American Qua-to-mah tribe of the Tututni peoples. Captain Wm Tichenor brought the first European settlers in 1851, and the town was formally founded in 1856 and incorporated in 1935. Click for more information about our fascinating history....(more)...
|Port Orford Community Stewardship Area
Port Orford is the top
producing port of live fish in Oregon. The community is dependent upon the
nearshore live fish fishery.
There is great interest in promoting sustainable
fishing practices and local science/research that will contribute to sustainable management of the fishery…(more)