During the week we were lucky enough to meet some people who
came into the Lifeboat Station Museum who told us about a
little known, rarely visited beach/port from the 1800’s. Our
first thought “sure, just another story”‘… but today we
decided, on our day off, to go there and see for ourselves.
Well the gentlemen was correct. It was amazing and FAR
exceeded the description he gave us. If you blink your eye
just for a second you will miss the turnoff to this most
Practically no wind and a balmy 70 degree
day, bordering on too hot. On one side, you have where
Frankport was established, and on the other side a crater
that leads to really large sea caves with crashing waves
An added plus of this trip was our rather aggressive pup
Calle. She was able to run free and have a total blast
chasing the ball that I threw, using the chuck-it ball
There were by far many rusted beach relics where
the town used to be. The beach on the Frankport side of
Sisters Rocks are full of beautiful green rocks of all
shapes and sizes, quartz with every color imaginable. My
backpack was full by the time we left.
When you move over to the north side of Sisters Rocks
and climb over the rather large rock field, you emerge to the
largest sea caves I have seen since sea lion cave. We are
going to return in a couple of weeks on a negative tide,
and it should be even more interesting.
Surf rumbles through sea caves in the three monumental
Sisters Rocks, the largest of a cluster of islands between
two scenic, rarely visited beaches.
This new state park on the Southern Oregon coast between
Port Orford and Gold Beach was funded by Oregon Lottery
Years ago, Oregon voters passed an initiative to dedicate a
portion of lottery funds to salmon and parks. At first,
legislators undercut that measure by reducing the state park
budget to match the new lottery income. More recently, however,
funds have been flowing for state parks after all.
If you drive Highway 101 past Sisters Rocks, you probably
won’t notice this park. There is a small state park sign,
but it doesn’t mention a name. The park itself is undeveloped.
Still, this part of the coast has a long history.
Sisters Rocks served as a natural breakwater for the city of
Frankport, founded on the beach here in the 1850s, when gold
miners from California discovered gold flakes in the black
sands of Southern Oregon beaches.
Sailing ships anchored off the shore here to shuttle small
boats through the surf to Frankport Beach. Miners built a
small city here to service their gold mining operations.
Today, rusting metal at Frankport Beach is the only memory
of the pioneer seaport.