The SpaceIf you are a lover of the wilderness and looking for total and complete privacy, then the Bluff House is the perfect place for those needing a secluded getaway. The Bluff House is a remote 2.5 acre property, surrounded by the Siskiyou National Forest, overlooking the emerald Chetco River, located 18 miles from the town of Brookings on the Southern Oregon Coast. Warmth, privacy, simplicity & NATURE. Enjoy all of the comforts of home off-grid.
Powered by solar panels for energy and hot water. The house observes key green principals of smaller footprint, minimal disturbance to the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, use of renewable resources, and living simply and minimally. The setting of the house is remote and serene, a quiet refuge from everything, free from distractions.
On the edge of total wilderness, the Bluff House is the last residence off the small logging road, and is off-grid. Powered by Solar Energy with a back up windmill and generator, this is a perfect getaway for the artist, writer, muscian, couple or family. You will have river access for fishing, kayaking, swimming and floating. Nearby by trail access, site seeing, hiking, biking, mushrooming & meandering.
Come stay in the Pacific Northwest! A true naturesque experience, with all of the comforts of home decorated in a contemporary design.
Packing in your own food, condiments etc. is your responsibility although we do provide some staples such as non-perishable condiments, seasonings, spices & paper goods.
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~ Pets are Welcome for a $50 per pet fee
~ Additional Guest Fee: $25/night per add'l guest if more than 5 people
~ Absolutely No Smoking inside or near the house is permitted
~ Eco-Friendly Low Footprint Energy Conscious
>>Closest airports: Crescent City, Ca (CEC) 30 miles to Brookings,
Medford (MFR) 133 to Brookings Guest AccessIt is recommended that guests arrive before sundown in order to find the house.
You will have river access for fishing, kayaking, swimming and floating. Nearby by trail access, site seeing, hiking, biking, mushrooming & meandering.
~ 2 Kayaks & 2 Mountain Bikes are available for rent~ Interaction with GuestsOur interaction with our guests are open to the guests needs, we are located approx. 75 yards from the Bluff House, there to help or to be of guidance, or respecting your privacy. A 2-way radio is available as well as cell-phone communication. The NeighborhoodThis is a remote vacation home location surrounded by Siskiyou National Forest. Other than the wildlife, your closest neighbors are approximately 75 yards downhill from the Bluff House where the caretakers are located. About a mile away is a small neighborhood called the Wilderness Retreat.
Information about the town of Brookings, the Chetco River & the Kalmiopsis Wilderness...
Often touted as Oregon's Banana Belt, Brookings has weather patterns that deliver some of the warmer temperatures along the Oregon Coast; it's not uncommon to encounter a 70-degree day in January or February.
This pleasant climate has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Brookings as a center for the nursery industry. Nearly all of the lilies marketed in the U.S. are cultivated in the Brookings area. A prime spot to take in the floral bounty is Azalea Park, which has 33 acres of native azaleas, some growing here when Lewis and Clark wintered on the Oregon Coast in 1805 and 1806. The revitalization of the park, with the addition of walkways and a charming “Kidtown” play area, was a robust community-led volunteer effort. In springtime the park is replete with blooms, but you'll likely find flowers year-round. The park is also the site of the annual Azalea Festival and Parade, held each Memorial Day weekend.
During the third weekend of July, the Southern Oregon Kite Festival takes place. It's known as one of the premier kite-flying events in the country. Art lovers can browse the galleries— including Burtonique Art & Photography, Manley Art Center and Signatures Gallery — or enjoy the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk.
The Chetco Valley Historical Society Museum is housed in the 1857 Blake House — the oldest standing building in the Chetco Valley — and features artifacts of 19th-century Oregon pioneer life. The largest Monterey cypress in the state, towering at 130 feet (40 meters), lives on the museum grounds.
The Brookings area boasts numerous outdoor diversions, including Harris Beach State Park. Named for George Harris, a Scottish pioneer who raised sheep and cattle here, it features sizable offshore sea stacks, including the largest island on the Oregon Coast. Bird Island is a breeding ground for a variety of species, including the tufted puffin.
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor — a long, narrow park with 12 miles (19 kilometers) of rugged coastline — is named for Oregon's first parks superintendent. Featuring one must-stop scenic viewpoint after another, the park is also home to pocket beaches and offshore sea stacks, including the dramatic Arch Rock and Whaleshead. The beach at Thunder Rock Cove is considered one of the best of the sheltered beaches on the Coast. Walk the Indian Sands Trail through the unusual sculpted sandstone for views of the coastline and rocky islands. Don't miss the stunning view at Cape Ferrelo, named for a Spanish explorer who skirted this area in 1542.
For a historical detour, travel 18 miles (29 kilometers) east of Brookings along Forest Service Road 1205, which winds through an old-growth redwood forest, to the site that was hit by two Japanese incendiary bombs during WWII. Inland hiking and river access are available at Alfred A. Loeb State Park on the Chetco River. Just up the road is the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) Redwood Nature Trail, which connects with Loeb's own Riverview Trail.
About the Chetco River:
The 44.5-mile designated segment of the Chetco is located within Curry County in southwest Oregon on the Chetco Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The Chetco heads in steep, deeply dissected, sparsely vegetated, mountainous terrain within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Over its 55.5-mile length, the Chetco drops from 3,700 feet to sea-level as it empties into the Pacific Ocean between the towns of Brookings and Harbor, about five miles north of the California border. In the upper section, the river floor is fairly narrow and boulder-strewn with numerous falls and rapids. As the river leaves the wilderness, its character gradually changes. The terrain becomes less dissected, the river gradient gradually becomes less steep, the river bottom widens and the surrounding hills become more densely forested.
Water quality, the fishery and recreation are the Chetco's outstandingly remarkable values (ORVs).
Water Quality: The Chetco's water quality was found to be an ORV based on its striking color and clarity, its ability to clear quickly following storm events, its contribution to both recreation and fisheries, and its contribution of exceptionally pure and clean water for the domestic water supplies of both Brookings and Harbor.
Fisheries: The Chetco River fishery, typical of Pacific coastal systems, is dominated by salmon and trout. There are important populations of anadromous winter steelhead, fall Chinook salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout. The Chetco provides excellent spawning and rearing habitat and has some of the highest salmonid smolt returns of any coastal stream in Oregon.
Recreation: The Chetco River and its adjacent corridor offer a wide diversity of recreational opportunities. In winter, salmon and steelhead fishing and whitewater kayaking are the primary recreational uses. In summer, fishing, four-wheel driving, swimming, boating, camping, sightseeing and picnicking are the major attractions. The primary fishing season for steelhead and salmon is between November and March.
Primary transportation routes within the river corridor are the North Bank Chetco River Road (#1376), the South Bank River Road (#1205) and associated spur roads. Recreationists can access the recreational and scenic river segments and launch boats in several locations, including Miller, Nook, Redwood Riverbars; upper and lower South Fork Camps; the Low-water Bridge Site; Forest Road #(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN); and the dispersed campsite at Steel Bridge. Various trails access the river, both maintained and unmaintained.
Mandatory permits are required to float the Chetco for all users year round. Free, self-issuing permits are available at a boat registration station along the North Bank Chetco River Road (Forest Service Road 1376 a short distance past the Forest Boundary). Whitewater boating on the Chetco is restricted by its limited access, high use during the fishing season and availability of other good boating opportunities in the area. Rapids are Class III and below during the summer months under average flows and generally higher during winter months. Summer floating during low water conditions has become an increasingly popular river activity on all river segments. Motorized boat use is not allowed on any river segment. Motorized vehicle crossings of the river are prohibited.
Day use of river bars and boat launch sites is free. Fees are required for overnight use at Miller, Nook and Redwood Riverbars, Upper and Lower South Fork Camps and the Little Redwood Campground. A camping fee is also required at Loeb State Park located below the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary.
KALMIOPSIS WILDERNESS: The United States Congress designated the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in 1964 and it now has a total of 180,095 acres. This Wilderness includes the headwater basin of the Chetco and North Fork Smith Rivers and a portion of the Illinois River canyon. This is a harsh, rugged area with a unique character. Elevations range from 500 to 5,098 feet (Pearsoll Peak). The area is characterized by deep, rough canyons, sharp rock ridges and clear rushing mountain streams and rivers.
Diversity of topography and geology provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of botanical species. Much of this diversity results from plant species adapting to life in harsh soils derived from peridotite and serpentinite rocks. Both are rich in heavy metals such as magnesium, iron, chromium and nickel, which in high amounts, can be toxic to most plants. The diversity of plant habitat has been the result of a combination of geologic forces (uplift, folding and faulting), erosional and depositional forces (glaciation, weather, climate and the action of rivers), and periodic fires. The Kalmiopsis leachiana plant was discovered in 1930 by Lilla Leech in the Gold Basin area. The plant is a relic of the pre-ice age and the oldest member of the Health (Ericaceae) Family. The Kalmiopsis Wilderness was named after this unique endemic shrub. For those with a more serious interest in botany, there is a Plant List for the Kalmiopsis Wilderness available at the Chetco Ranger District, Illinois Valley Ranger District, and Gold Beach Ranger District.
Besides being a place of great botanical interest, the Kalmiopsis Wilderness is also one of the most unusual and complex geological areas of our country. The Kalmiopsis is part of the Klamath Mountain geologic province of northwestern California and southwestern Oregon. The eastern half is part of the Josephine "ultramafic" sheet. Ultramafic denotes being very high in iron and magnesium. The western half is underlain by the contorted sedimentary rocks of the Dothan formation and by the igneous intrusive rocks of the Big Craggies. Most of the rocks in this province were formerly parts of the oceanic crust and included serpentine, submarine volcanic flow rocks, intrusive granite-like rocks, and sedimentary rocks such as shale and sandstone.
The Wild segments of the Illinois, Chetco and North Fork Smith Rivers flow through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, providing clear water, fish habitat and water-based recreation in a remote and primitive setting. Lake environments are limited, primarily to Babyfoot Lake on the eastern boundary and Vulcan Lake on the west. Since these areas are readily accessible from nearby trailheads, they do receive a greater amount of day-use visitation. Getting Around4 wheel drive is not required but the last mile to the house is on a maintained dirt road. Other Things to NotePacking in your own food, condiments etc. is your responsibility although we do provide some staples such as non-perishable condiments, some spices, seasonings & paper goods.
Holiday weekend 3 day minimum applies to Presidents Day weekend, Valentines Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Independence Day weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.