Just six miles north of the California border, Brookings is a quiet waterfront town overlooking majestic ocean vistas. River and sea offer fishing, sightseeing and natural recreation areas for wildlife viewing and sightseeing. The Port Of Brookings Harbor is home to commercial and sport fishermen, pleasure boaters, many small shops and, of course, fresh seafood. Harris Beach State Recreation Area just north of Brookings offers camping, wildlife viewing and tide pool discovery. The rugged, accessible, picturesque shoreline is dotted with offshore rocks. Nearby Bird Island is the largest island off the Oregon coast and is a national wildlife sanctuary and breeding site for tufted puffins and other seabirds. The Chetco River that flows between Brookings and unincorporated Harbor is known for great Chinook, Cutthroat and Steelhead fishing. A mild year-round climate in the area leads to Brookings' nickname "Banana Belt of the Pacific Northwest." Thanks to this climate, every lily bulb produced in North America comes from the 12-mile area between Brookings and Smith River, California.