Sixes River


Sixes RiverThe Sixes River empties into the Pacific Ocean just north of Cape Blanco and supports strong steelhead and salmon fisheries. The headwaters can be reached from a road that runs east along the river. and the tidewaters can be accessed through the state park at Cape Blanco and other secondary roads. The Sixes River is generally slower to clear and recover after a storm than the nearby Elk River.

At a Glance

Closest Towns:
  • Port Orford, OR
  • Gold Beach, 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. Near Jedediah-Smith Park, take the Hwy 197 North junction towards Brookings and proceed north on US-101, which crosses the Sixes River approximately 15 miles north of Port Orford. A public access point is located 3 miles up from Hwy 101.

General Notes:
  • Heavy log truck traffic year round.
  • Forest Service only manages about two miles of this river's banks (mainly private with some Bureau of Land Management).
  • Dispersed camp sites are usually occupied by mining claimants from July to October.


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