Surfing Del Norte

One of the furthest north surfing spots on the coast of California is at Clifford Kamph Memorial Park. Located in Del Norte County, it is also one of the first spots for Oregon surfers to catch a wave in California. The locals call it, “Toilets”. Not sure how they came up with that nickname and maybe we don’t want to know. I did notice however that the inmates at Pelican Bay Prison have the honor of cleaning the toilets. It says so on the sign.



We were on our way to Brookings, Oregon for a day trip to thaw out. It is usually much warmer on the Oregon Coast than here in the valley during the winter months. There were many days, back in the day when Alan worked in Brookings, wearing only T-Shirts and jeans during the winter months. And it was warm, though gloomy, this day on the northern pacific coast. When we decided to make a bathroom stop at “Toilets”, I decided to take some photos because it is a beautiful spot. There wasn’t any surf this day so I wasn’t able to capture any surfers donning their seal skin wet suits catching the big ones. But the landscape was pretty just the same.

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Alan has stopped here hundreds of times to use the toilets on his way commuting back and forth to work and never knew about this little waterfall. I was the discoverer! It sits back from the path down to the beach and probably goes unnoticed most of the time.

This little roadside park located on Hwy 101 has tent sites for camping as well as picnic tables for a quick outdoor meal. And if you time it right you might even get to see some surfers fighting off the sharks as well as some famous inmates from Pelican Bay cleaning the “Toilets”.



2 thoughts on “Surfing Del Norte

  1. Love that area on the north west coast of California and Oregon. Spent a lot of time in that area Mostly on the Rogue out of Gold Beach. Brookings seemed to be warmer than Port Orford. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    • Brookings is nicknamed the Banana Belt. There is definitely a micro climate going on there. We lived in Brookings for 5 years. I liked it, but very foggy and rainy. It can become gloomy after awhile.
      Happy New Year!!

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