Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Brookings, Chetco Cove, OR
Boating in Brookings, Chetco Cove, OR Map View
The upper and lower small-craft basins are used primarily by commercial fishing boats and pleasure craft. The upper basin has over 500 berths, most with electricity; gasoline, diesel fuel, water, ice, marine supplies, and a launching ramp are available. Berths with electricity and water are reported to be available in the lower basin. A 60-ton lift and wet and dry winter storage are available.
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Chetco Cove, 15.5 miles N of Point St. George, affords some protection from NW winds, but is exposed in S weather. Chetco Point marks the NW side of the cove. There are numerous visible and covered rocks fringing the shore of the cove and its approaches. Chetco River empties into the N side of the cove. The river is entered through a dredged channel which leads between two stone jetties to the Port of Brookings turning basin, about 0.3 mile above the jetties. The turning basin and a small-craft basin just N of it are protected to the W by a 1,800-foot-long dike. Another small-craft basin is about 250 yards SE of the turning basin. A barge slip, just E of the turning basin, is at the N side of the mouth of the entrance channel to the lower small-craft basin. The river entrance channel is marked by a 030° lighted range. A light is on the outer end of the W jetty and a mariner radio activated sound signal is on the inner end of the E jetty, initiated by keying the microphone five times on VHF-FM channel 83A.
A Federal project provides for a 14-foot entrance channel and turning basin from deep water in Chetco Cove to the turning basin just inside the breakwater protecting the Port of Brookings; access channels with project depths of 12 feet, lead N and S from the turning basin. An overhead power cable crossing the river about 0.6 mile above the jetties has a clearance of about 46 feet. The highway bridge has a clearance of 59 feet.
Chetco River Coast Guard Station is on the E side of the river 450 yards inside the entrance. A lookout tower atop a building at the station is used to observe the bar during heavy weather. The Coast Guard has established Chetco River Regulated Navigation Area Warning Sign, a rough bar advisory sign 13 feet above the water, visible from the channel looking seaward, on the N end of the Coast Guard moorings, to promote safety for small-boat operators. The sign is diamond-shaped, painted white with an international orange border, and with the words Rough Bar in black letters. The sign is equipped with two quick flashing amber lights that will be activated when hazardous conditions exist and the bar is restricted to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels.
A heavy weather flag, a square RED flag with a square BLACK center, will be displayed on a pole that is located near the N end of the Coast Guard station and is visible to mariners from both directions to indicate that winds 48 knots and above are forecast for the area.