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Gold Beach Visitor Center

Nature’s Wild Side


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Gold Beach is located on the southern Oregon coast, in the heart of America’s Wild Rivers Coast, just 37 miles north of the California border. Discover why it’s often referred to as a “banana belt”, with a year-round climate that is more temperate than anywhere else on the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Gold Beach is also where the clear waters of the Rogue River meet the majestic Pacific Ocean.

But its most unique feature is the bridge that crosses the Rogue River. Conde McCullough, who served as state engineer from 1919 to 1935, was responsible for overseeing the construction of US Highway 101 along the Oregon Coast, along with its iconic bridges. With seven open-spandrel concrete deck arches over the Rogue River, the Gold Beach bridge was the first structure in the United States to use the Freyssinet method of arch ring decentering; it is also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

In Gold Beach, beautiful trees, mountains, rivers, beaches, and the ocean define its landscape. Summers offer sunny days and beautiful evening skies for stargazing. During the fall and spring, look for migrating Gray whales, and fish for salmon or steelhead when the runs begin. Windsurf, walk the beaches or take a jet boat ride upriver through pristine wilderness to glimpse at bald eagles, bears, or river otters.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Gold Beach

Nature’s Wild Side

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