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Gold Beach Recreation

SURF FISHING

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One of the favorite past-times for Gold Beach is fishing - whether ocean or river.  But what you don't hear about as often, is surf fishing.

What is surf fishing?
Surf fishing is the sport of catching fish standing on the shoreline or wading in the surf - generally in a salt-water environment. A general term, surf fishing may or may not include casting a lure or bait, and refers to all types of shore fishing - from sandy and rocky beaches, rock jetties, or even fishing piers.

Where can I surf fish?

  • Nesika Beach is a renowned location to fish for redtail surfperch.
  • The entrance of the Rogue River and the Estuary are excellent locations to fish for redtail surfperch.
  • South Beach Park provides the angler with easy beach access to Gold Beach and is an excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch.
  • Hunter Creek has an excellent reputation for redtail surfperch. Chinook salmon, usually the four year old fish, return to the Hunter Creek from late October peaking in November into December. The catch rate averages 40 fish per year.
  • Cape Sebastain offers visitors an incredible panoramic view of the Oregon Coast at the end of a 2 mile long hike. Cape Sebastain is named for Sebastain Viscaino who in 1603 named the cape after himself. The fishing for shallow water rockfish, sea trout, perch, cabezon and lingcod from the rocky shore ranges from fair to excellent.
  • Myers Beach is accessible from the view points located at mile marker 336.5, 337.1 and 337.3. This section of the beach is an excellent place to fish for redtail surfperch.
  • Pistol River Beach as well as Meyer's Beach is one of the most popular beach locations used for wind surfing competition that draws wind surfers from all over the world. Have your camera ready and lots of film available to capture the exciting moments on film.
  • Pistol River State Wayside Beach is located between Crook Point and Cape Sebastain. The beach north and south of the Pistol River is and excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch. Chinook salmon, usually the four year old fish, return to the Pistol River from late October peaking in November into December. Striped seaperch are the dominate perch species caught along the rocky shore from Crook Point to the California Border. The fishing for shallow water rockfish, i.e. grass, brown, copper, black or blue rockfish, sea trout, perch, cabezon and lingcod from Crook Point to the north jetty of the Chetco River Estuary varies from fair to excellent depending on the weather and time of year.
  • Macklyn Cove and Chetco Cove in Brookings is renowned for excellent fishing for striped seaperch and shallow water rockfish.. Access Mill Beach and the tide pools by turning west onto Center St. park at the end of the street follow the trail down to the beach. Refer to the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation restricting the taking of shellfish or marine invertebrates within the Brooking Research Reserve.
  • McVey Beach is located just north of the Winchuck River. Turn west from Highway 101, at Don and Bob's Auto Repair, onto Oceanview Drive. Turn left at the beach access road with the white cable post. The fishing for redtail surfperch is excellent.

Many thanks to William Lackner for this valuable information - www.clamdigging.info

 

CLAM DIGGING

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The Gold Beach area is famous for a seemingly endless number of outdoor recreational activities.  One of those activities is Clam Digging.

What is Clam Digging?
Clam digging in Southern Oregon represents the harvest of razor clams from below the sandy surface along the sandy beaches associated with the Gold Beach area and to Littleneck clams common to the gravel or cobble substrate associated with the rocky headlands.

Clam digging is a recreational activity that is enjoyed a all members of the family as a source of pleasure for young and old alike and as a source of food that pleases both the spirit and the palette.  Recreational clam digging is done using either a long tube 4 inches in diameter referred to as a clam gun or with a razor clam shovel.  The basic razor clam shovel has either a long or short handle with a narrow blade bent at a slight angle to facilitate digging razor clams located typically 6 to 18 inches under the sandy substrate.

Where can I Clam Dig?
The beaches associated with Gold Beach offer the most productive digging for razor clams south of the beaches associated with the Columbia River.

The Gold Beach area is rich with areas for local clam digging.  Not only is it great fun - but they're tasty too!

  • Bailey Beach is listed by ODFW is an excellent location to dig for razor clams
  • The entrance of the Rogue River and the Estuary are excellent locations to fish for redtail surfperch and a fair location to dig for razor clams.
  • Myers Beach north to Hunters Cove is listed by ODFW as a location to dig for razor clams. Razor clams are dug along the beach north from Myers Creek to Hunters Cove.
  • Pistol River Beach is listed by ODFW as a location to dig for razor clams. Pistol River Beach as well as Meyer's Beach is one of the most popular beach locations used for wind surfing competition that draws wind surfers from all over the world. Have your camera ready to capture the exciting moments on film.
  • About 30 miles north of Gold Beach you'll find Sixes River Beach - located just above Cape Blanco via the Hughes house Rd. Park at the gate and follow the trail. Sixes River Beach is listed by ODFW as a location to dig for razor clams.
What do I need to bring with me?
To successfully clam dig, arm yourself with a shellfish license, a razor clam shovel or clam gun, a clam bag and visit one of our popular beaches.

How do I dig for clams?
Razor clams are found by the round hole left in the surface of the sand as the clam's neck is withdrawn referred to as the show.  The show often appears as a round hole, round dimple or as a donut   Working quickly, place the blade of the shovel 4 to 6 inches to either side (north side or south side) of the clam’s show.  Push the blade of the shovel straight down into the sand while getting down on one knee.  The handle of the shovel will be pointing away from the digger at an angle parallel to the beach.  Push the handle forward with one hand while sliding the other hand down behind the shovel blade. The forward movement of the shovel compresses the sand against the side of the razor clam while the movement of the bottom of the shovel blade in the opposite direction creates a hole destabilizing the clam’s environment.  Lift the shovel handle up pulling the shovel blade out of the hole while reaching down in fluid loose sand at the bottom of the hole to retrieve the clam.  If you miss the clam, use your fingers to dig downward until encountering the clam.

Wear gloves to avoid cutting your fingers on the razor sharp edges of the clam’s shell.  Some razor clam diggers wear a pair of latex rubber gloves under a pair of thin rubber gloves used for gardening. Wearing the latex gloves not only provides additional protection for your fingers and finger nails it helps to keep you hands clean.

What else should I know about?
We highly recommend that you inform yourself before you harvest, clean, or eat clam. Always call the Shellfish Hotline before digging clams or taking mussels.  As with any food that you catch and prepare yourself, there are regulations and precautions to be followed.  Here are some Clam Digging Resources to help you become better educated:

  • ODFW Regulations
  • Clam Digging Ethics
  • Visit FishermenDirect.com for some deliciious clam recipes...!!
  • Be aware of Red Tide conditions and never turn your back to the ocean.  Check with the Gold Beach Visitors Center for more information 541-247-7526 or the Shellfish safety hotline at 503-986-4728 or 1-800-448-2474 toll free.

Enjoy your day at the beach and come back again soon!

Many thanks to William Lackner for providing valuable clamming information at www.clamdigging.info

 

TIDE POOLING

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My favorite tide pooling memories go back to the Pacific Ocean beaches below San Francisco.  I remember as a young boy eagerly waiting to get to the beach and then leaping out of the car and racing down to the tidal rocks and pools.  Hours would be spent exploring the tide pools...and I realize in hind-site that as a boy I had no real idea of what a Tide Pool was all about.  

There is a tremendous amount of tide pool opportunity for you and your family on the beaches at or near Gold Beach, Oregon.

Sandy Grumman, an active Gold Beach resident, has a passion for tide pools and has knowledge about tide pools that she is willing to share.  Sandy authors a website called Exploring Rocky Shores of Southern Oregon Coast.  She and her husband roam the Southern Oregon Coast tidepools.  They photograph, they teach, they share.  Below is an RSS feed from Sandy Grummon's website Exploring the Rocky Shores of Southern California.


 

 

EDSON CREEK LOOP

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Edson Creek Loop, a scenic drive from Gold Beach.A scenic drive from Gold Beach.
Trip length: 1/2 - 2 hours, about 15 miles round trip.
Trip highlights: Explore rural coastal Oregon.
Visit Otter Point if you desire.
See map at bottom of page.

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WATER SPORTS; KAYAKS, CANOES

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If you are looking for an opportuntiy to enjoy canoeing or kayaking Gold Beach is a great place to be. Located in the Heart of America's Wild Rivers Coast, Gold Beach has an ocean, rivers, creeks, and inland lakes close by.

Stay in Gold Beach while you enjoy the ocean or inland water. Gold Beach is a great place to relax if you have just rafted through the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue. Several resources are below:

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JET BOAT TOURS

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A highlight of your life will be one or more trips on the Rogue River on a Rogue River jet boat. Flowing from near Crater Lake all the way to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach, the Rogue River travels thru a wide variety of territory. It's history is rich. Wildlife thrives. Fishing is great. People from all walks of life kayak, canoe, raft, and travel by jet boat.

Jet Boat on the Rogue RiverJet boats are relatively new, developed in the 50's. Propelled by jets of water, these exciting boats are able to travel through extremely shallow water. The gasoline engine powered pumps pull water in then push it out rapidly thru the back of the boat. Prior to water jet power boats with propellers traveled cautiously up and down the river hauling passengers, mail, and freight.

Today it is possible to travel by jetboat far inland and then return to Gold Beach all in one day. On the trip you will see birds and wildlife, and humans, and water mammals and fish. History will be explained. The jetboat will be exciting...but not too exciting.
Good fun for all. Enjoy the Rogue River from a jet boat.

Contact Jerry's Rogue Jets to make your reservation or inquire about your next upriver trip today! 1-800-451-3845

 

CARPENTERVILLE ROAD LOOP

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Carpenterville Loop, a scenic drive from Gold Beach, OregonA scenic drive from Gold Beach
Trip Length: 2-4 hours, about 75 miles round trip.
Trip Highlights: Drive Historic Carpenterville Road.
Look down from up high.
Stop at Meyers Beach if you like.
Map at bottom of page

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MUSEUMS

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It's almost a given that some members of the family will enjoy visiting a museum or two while in Gold Beach. For a little town we've got a great variety. Plan on spending a moment or two of your life exploring the past while you are here in Gold Beach.

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OTTER POINT

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A quick stop that's worth it.
Gateway to Agate Beach and Bailey Beach.
Sample the Oregon Coast Trail.
Just north of Gold Beach.

Otter Point is one of those little gems that you will return to time and again. Otter Point is located about 3 miles north of Gold Beach on the Old Coast Highway (which is located to the west of Highway 101). There is a map at the bottom of this page.

Hike Otter Point in Gold Beach, OregonO

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CAPE SEBASTIAN TRAIL

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A short or all day hike.
Just south of Gold Beach.


Enjoy this day hike on Cape Sebastian, which is located just 6 miles or so south of Gold Beach, Oregon.

Drive south on Highway 101 from Gold Beach. Work your way up the grade to the top of Cape Sebastian.

Turn right and continue up to the Cape Sebastian parking lots. Turn left and go to the south parking lot and park.

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GOLF IN GOLD BEACH

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If you are a golfer I have been assured that you will enjoy playing on our Cedar Bend Golf Course. The Cedar Bend Golf Course is located in a quaint little valley just inland from the Pacific Ocean. It's true that the Cedar Bend Golf Course does not have ocean views like Bandon Dunes, which is a pleasant 60 mile drive to the north.
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BAILEY BEACH, OREGON

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Bailey Beach, approximately 3 miles long, is located immediately north of Gold Beach.
Most noted for the fact that you can drive your vehicle on it, this beach is also the closest beach to the Rogue Reef, which offers incredible views.

Access to Bailey Beach is easy:

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SOUTH BEACH, OREGON

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South Beach is located immediately west of Gold Beach. The west edge of Gold Beach is South Beach! South Beach is approximately 7 miles long, spanning from the Rogue River south to Cape Sebastian.
Access to South Beach is easy:
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NESIKA BEACH, OREGON

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Nesika Beach, OregonNesika Beach is located north of Gold Beach, starting perhaps 5 miles north of Gold Beach and going north possibly 10 miles or more to Frankport. The easiest access point is the viewpoint that pulls off Highway 101 to the west. In the image below it would be at about the (top) Nesika Beach text. This viewpoint offers immediate access to Nesika Beach. The sand comes right up to the parking lot. From this beach you will be able to see whales (in season), watch surfers (in season), walk or jog at any time of year, collect beach treasures, photograph, and relax.
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MEYERS BEACH, OREGON

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Meyers Beach: One of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Used in commercials produced by major automobile manufacturers, photographed a zillion and one times, easy to get to, and a wind surfers haunt. You are sure to enjoy time spent at Meyers Beach.

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GOLD BEACH BEACHES

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Books could be written about the incredible beaches that are in or near Gold Beach, Oregon.

Meyers Beach, 14 miles south of Gold Beach

Beach access is exceptionally easy. You can drive and park right at beach access and in the case of Bailey Beach you can drive right out onto the beach (although the locals would cringe if they knew that this information was being made public). If you do drive on Bailey Beach it is suggested that you have 4wd, AAA, and a cell phone with you. Also be aware of the tides. You will be driving in a tsunami zone.

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