Port of Brookings Harbor

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The Port of Brookings Harbor is the port authority for the city of Brookings, Oregon, United States, and serving the neighboring community of Harbor. The district covers 400 square miles (1,000 km2) from the mouth of the Chetco River south to the Oregon-California border, north to the mouth of the Pistol River, and east to the Curry-Josephine county line.[1] The district is governed by a five-member commission elected at-large from the district population of approximately 16,000.[1]

It is the busiest recreational port on the Oregon Coast, generating more than 31,000 boat trips for more than 95,000 people, and is one of the most active harbors for Chinook salmon on the coast.[1]

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Geography

The Port of Brookings Harbor is listed as a "Harbor of Refuge" by the U.S. Coast Guard because of its location and geographical configuration.[1] The Chetco River, on which the port is located, is the safest bar on the Oregon Coast with more than 280 passable days per year.[1]

History

The port district had its beginnings in a deep-water harbor constructed in 1912 by the Brookings Lumber and Box Company, which founded and owned the company town of Brookings.[2] In 1956, a special election was held that created the Port of Brookings Port District.[2] Governor Elmo Smith appointed the first port commission.[2]

The Port of Brookings Harbor was severely damaged on March 11, 2011 by a tsunami caused by the Tōhoku earthquake off the coast of Japan; damages were estimated at $6.7 million.[3][4][5] The last boat sunk by the tsunami was raised from the bottom of the harbor on March 22.[6] The port re-opened for business on the same day.[7]

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Coordinates: 42°02′51″N 124°16′07″W / 42.0476111°N 124.2687028°W / 42.0476111; -124.2687028