Pistol River


Pistol RiverThe Pistol River is a medium-sized coastal river that enters the ocean approximately 15 miles below Gold Beach. The Pistol River mouth is blocked by a sandbar through late summer, which prevents sea-run cutthroat from entering the stream until late August or September. The river is closed for salmon fishing on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and it is difficult to fish to from a boat because there are no public launch points. The river does not receive hatchery supplementation, but there is a stable run of wild winter steelhead up to 15 pounds.

At a Glance

Closest Towns:
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Brookings, OR

General Information


From Medford, take I-5 North to exit 55 US-199/Redwood Hwy. Merge onto US-101/ Redwood Hwy towards Crescent City. US-101 crosses Pistol River approximately 15 miles south of Gold Beach.



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