DescriptionBecause of its unusually mild climate, Brookings is sometimes called “The Banana Belt of Oregon.” Temperatures regularly reach around 70 F in winter. Flowers bloom all year—about 90 percent of the country's Easter lilies are grown locally. The only aerial attack on the mainland United States by a Japanese war plane during World War II occurred just east of town near Mount Emily.
The port of Brookings-Harbor and the Chetco and Winchuck rivers provide popular fishing areas. Nearby streams offer abundant salmon and steelhead and cutthroat trout. Harris Beach State Park is nearby. Hiking, agate seeking, beachcombing, surf perch fishing and crabbing also are popular activities.
Forest and trail maps and other recreational information about the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Crissey Field State Recreation Site are available from the Brookings Welcome Center at Crissey Field, 14433 US 101S, Brookings, OR 97415; phone (541) 469-4117. Goat Island, also known as Bird Island, is a migratory bird sanctuary at the north edge of town off Harris Beach.
The North Bank Road (CR 784) follows the Chetco River east from Brookings into the forested mountains. Alfred A. Loeb State Park, 8 miles upstream, contains Oregon's largest grove of old-growth myrtle. The leaves of these beautiful evergreen trees have an odor of camphor and eucalyptus. The park has several nature trails, campsites and cabins.
Redwood Nature Trail, a mile east of the state park, loops through a grove of redwood trees. Some of the specimens are more than 800 years old and exceed 300 feet in height.
Visitor InfoBrookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce 603 Hemlock St. BROOKINGS, OR 97415. Phone:(541)469-3181 or (800)535-9469
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