Port Orford Heads State Park
|Port Orford Heads State Park|
|Location||Port Orford, Curry County, Oregon|
|Operated by||Oregon Parks and Recreation Department|
Port Orford Coast Guard Station
|Built by||United States Coast Guard|
|NRHP Reference #||98000606|
|Added to NRHP||May 29, 19982|
Port Orford Heads State Park, a coastal state park in northwest Curry County, Oregon, in the city of Port Orford. It was established in 1976, and is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Located on a bluff above the city, the park has three main walking trails: the Cove, Tower and Headland trails. From each of these vantage points (at the right time of year) one can see commercial fishing boats, orcas, gray whales, California and Steller's sea lions, and various seabirds. The Headland Trail offers an unrestricted view of Cape Blanco to the north and is a popular whale watching spot during the fall. The park is open for day use only.
The Port Orford Lifeboat Station is a museum and interpretive center that was opened in 2000 by the Cape Blanco Heritage Society. Built in 1934, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places (as the Port Orford Coast Guard Station) and was used by the U.S. Coast Guard until 1970.3 The museum includes the station's refurbished, unsinkable 36-foot motor life boat, and information about the Japanese bombing of the south Oregon coast during World War II.
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