Cape Blanco Heritage Society
Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum by Brian Holles
Photos: Brian Holles

Port Orford Lifeboat Station

From 1934 into the 1960s, U.S. Coast Guard surfmen lived here, ever alert for ships in distress. When a call came they risked their lives to save others. Four other historic buildings also remain at this 101.29-acre site. This is the only Forge River-type station left on the West Coast.

Visit the museum in the former barracks/office building. You can also have a picnic on the grounds or hike several short trails around this headland for fantastic views. Sometimes you can see whales or seals.

See the 36-foot self-righting motor Lifeboat No. 36498 on the grounds. It can be seen any time you visit Port Orford Heads State Park, even when the museum is closed for the season.

Port Orford Coast Guard (Lifeboat) Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1998.