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May 28-30, 2022
Nov. 25 - Dec. 25, 2022 - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
From Cape Blanco to Harris Beach State Park, our Coast is known for agates in outstanding size and enormous quantities. The variety in sea glass colors is unmatchable. Some of the best treasures found are Japanese glass floats, sand dollars and ambergris.
This working port is home to the only 'dolly dock' on the West Coast, where vessels are launched and retrieved using a crane. The boats are then housed on homemade dollies when not on the water. Catch glimpses of the fishermen bringing in their catch, or sit awhile and watch the Pacific storms come in..
Enjoy kiteboarding and windsurfing on the ocean at Pistol River, Port Orford and Floras Lake.
From the Redwoods to the Pacific Ocean Curry County is a photographer’s playground. Endless opportunities for a once in a lifetime shot are around every corner.
Explore the beautiful Pacific Coast and the wild rivers of Curry County by kayak.
Including multi-day expeditions on our uniquely beautiful rivers around the Southern Oregon Coast.
Happening along almost every beach on the Curry Coast surfing is a big time activity. Weather permits for surfing year round.
Keep glancing out to sea any time you’re on a bluff hiking, biking, walking or driving, chances are that you’ll eventually spot a plume of water spouting from a blowhole. Many whale watching hot spots are equipped with a "Whale Watching Spoken Here" trained volunteer during the busy seasons to answer questions and help spot the migrating whales.
Get out your binoculars and head out to explore! Curry County's unique habitats—from beaches and seastacks to forests and rivers—provide excellent opportunities for birding. Look for more than 400 species of seabirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and more!
Here is a checklist to the Birds of Curry County.
Curry County offers an abundance of foraging options from fiddleheads, a variety of berries, mint, onions, carrots, milkcaps, morels, boletes, matsutakes, chanterelles, truffles and many more. Purchase them at farmers' markets, enjoy them at the many restaurants that buy local or hunt for your own!
On the beach or up a hidden creek, Gold Beach got its name for the generous amount of gold being panned out the black beach sand that exposes itself all throughout Curry County.
Care to read more about panning for gold?
Gold beach area ocean beach black-sand deposits was once extensively worked for its rich placer gold and platinum showings. Port Oxford the area beach black sand deposits contain placer gold and platinum (fine to very fine). The Sixes River on inside of Cape Blanco, in section 4 of township 32S and range 15W, you will find the Madden Mine which was a large lode gold producer. On north side of Cape Blanco, the beach deposits of black sand on both sides of mouth of the Sixes River contain placer gold and platinum.
Northeast of Brookings to headwaters of the Chetco River, located at township 38S and range 10W, near center of section 26 you will find the Frazier Mine which was a rich producer of lode gold associated with pyrite. The Golden Eagle Mine was a hydraulic placer gold operation. Near head of Slide Creek the Golden Dream Mine was a large lode gold operation. In the center section 23, the Peck Mine was a good producer of lode gold. Near edge of section 35, the Young Mine had rich pockets of free gold. In section 10, the Hoover Gulch Mine, worked intermittently since 1900 for its lode gold.
The old mines and prospects along the lower Illinois River also had rich gold deposits with a by product of copper.
Gold is found throughout Lobster Creek, located 10 miles East of Gold Beach, Or, up the Rogue River. It is actively being worked at a place called "old Diggins'". There are nice nuggets and flour gold dredged up each year. Most places are claimed so permission is required to work these areas.
The Rogue River gravel bars, benches, terraces from Marial, in the northeast corner of the county to its mouth at Wedderburn has abundant placer gold deposits. Around the Agness area on the Rogue River gravel bars, benches and terraces had rich placer gold deposits. Near Marial, to the southwest by 1 mile, in sections 17 and 20 of township33S and range 10W, you will find the Mule Mountain Group of mines which consisted of, 11 lode mines, 1 placer mine and 1 mill site. If you go to the Northeast 2 miles in the northwest I/4 section 3 and the northeast of section 4, you will find the Mammoth Mine which was a rich lode gold producer. The Marigold Mine was also a rich lode gold in quartz mine. Near Saddle Peaks (reached by rough trail), the Paradise Mine which produced free gold.
Along the South Fork of the Sixes River and at heads of Salmon and Johnson Creeks there are numerous extensive placers that have been worked. If you go east on a dirt road to the head of Rusty Creek you will find the Big Ben Mine which was a rich lode gold producer, with lead and silver. Also in the area is the Combination Mine, which was a rich lode gold producer as well. There is also a BLM mineral withdrawal area setup at the old ghost town of Sixes. This area is set up for recreational mining using pans, sluices, and dredges up to 4" hose diameter.
Pans can be purchased at the Rogue Outdoor Store in Gold Beach or at the Chetco Outdoor Store in Brookings.
All of the ocean beaches are great places to search for fossils or unique rocks. Everyone goes home with a treasure!
Majestic Redwoods can be found along the Winchuk and Chetco Rivers, the two rivers the farthest south in Curry County. Alfred A. Loeb State Parkand the River-Siskiyou National Forest are home to the County's Redwoods. These giants have canopies that host their own ecosystems and they have a rich life history thousands of years old.