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The Elk River

The Elk River is located 4 miles north of Port Orford, Oregon just south of Cape Blanco. Though the Elk River is relatively small, it has a healthy runs of Wild Winter Steelhead and late returning Chinook salmon. Access is limited due to private property, so McKenzie Driftboat Fishing is the best way to fish this stream. Put-in at The Elk River Salmon Hatchery (8 miles east of Hwy 101) and float 7 miles to The Elk River RV Park or float one ½ mile further to ODFW Access, Ironhead (4x4 needed).

Elk River Salmon Fishing begins after the first fall rains blow out the sand bars that accumulate during the summer months. Most years November 15th through Mid-January are prime time to fish for these Oregon King Salmon. The Elk River has many different types of Salmon fishing holes and using diverse fishing techniques is required. Back Trolling Kwikfish, Bait Divers, and Float Fishing with roe are most popular.

Elk River Steelhead Fishing begins in late December and continues through March. Elk River Fly Fishing can be good due to the size and personality of the stream. The Elk River is known to clear 24 hours after a heavy rain. These clearer waters help Elk River Winter Steelhead find your presentations. This river will clear very fast when most other Oregon Steelhead Rivers are running high and cloudy.

Elk River Chinook Salmon Fishing

Elk River King salmon

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