If you love to play golf there are three great golf courses from which to choose. Located 10 miles north of Gold Beach, Cedar Bend Golf Course’s nine holes play like eighteen. Thirty miles south of Gold Beach is Salmon Run Golf & Wilderness Preserve, a championship 18-hole course with five sets of tees on every hole, plus the most incredible views. Or take a day to play one of the premier golf courses of the world, Bandon Dunes, just an hour and a half north of Gold Beach.
Gold Beach is famous for salmon fishing. There are multiple days of sunshine and mild weather, so locals and guest can enjoy world-class fishing year round. You can cast in as many as five rivers within a five-minute to one-hour drive from the center of town and there’s ocean fishing for lots of other types of fishing as well. Steel head are sea-run rainbow trout that range in size up to 20 pounds; average is 4 to 8 pounds. You can fish in a variety of ways depending on the river and conditions, and can cover up to 12 miles of river a day. How does a covered, heated 21-foot powerboat sound? Or an open drift boat with heater? These vessels carry two to four people, depending on conditions and fishing method; guides, boats, licenses and tackle are available in Gold Beach.
Jet boats are designed specifically for safely navigating strong currents and shallow riffles, so you can relax as trained pilots treat you to tall tales and river lore, incredible scenery and sightings of black bear, river otters, eagles and the rare mountain lion.
As you walk this 1/4 mile trail, you will see an old-growth forest which is different from others found on the Gold Beach Ranger District. Elsewhere, you are likely to find large Douglas-fir trees with tanoak and madrone in the understory. Here you will find myrtle trees as the predominant understory tree. This is due to many factors, including the soils, climate regeneration methods, and the myrtle trees’ response to forest fires.