Port Orford Lifeboat Station

Port Orford Lifeboat Station

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

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. See the 36-foot self-righting motor lifeboat number 36498 on the grounds. Visit the museum in the former barracks/office building. 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.




The museum is free and open April through October each year.

Museum Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Closed Tuesday’s

The restored lifeboat can be seen any time you visit Port Orford Heads State Park.

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.

To get there: From Highway 101 in Port Orford (at mile marker 301) turn onto 9th Street and proceed west up Coast Guard Hill (follow the yellow line) until you reach the park. As you approach, information may be available on radio station 88.30 MHz.