Station Chetco River is located approximately seven miles north of the Oregon-California border. The station was originally established in 1961, and is within sight (only 1/4 mile) of the bar and river mouth. The port area maintains approximately 600 moorings for commercial and sport fishing vessels. Chetco River is oriented north/south with the mouth facing almost due south and protected by Chetco Point from most westerly seas and storms. The entrance is calm and safe to cross more days out of the year than any other 13th District river or harbor entrance. The station includes a main building with administration, operations, galley/messing, and a lookout tower. The unaccompanied personnel housing building has berthing for duty crews, both male and female.
Search and Rescue Detachment Rouge River is located in Wedderburn, OR directly across the river from the city of Gold Beach, OR. The SARDET is operated seasonally, and during the summer months, receives a high concentration of fisherman taking part in the exceptional fisheries in this area. The SARDET houses a duty crew of four, and is staffed by eight members on a port and starboard duty rotation.
Together Station Chetco River and the Rouge River SARDET cover an area of responsibility from Cape Blanco south to the Oregon-California border where District 13 and District 11 meet. Station Chetco often covers more than 20 miles below the California-Oregon border, including Crescent City, Calif. Totaling over 4000 Square miles of the Pacific Ocean and its rocky shoreline. The unit is well verse in all Coast Guard missions, with focus on their primary mission set of Heavy Weather Search and Rescue, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety, Recreational Boating Safety, Enforcement of Laws and Treaties, Maritime Security, and Marine Environmental Protection. The recourses assigned to cover these responsibilities include two 25 foot RB-S and three 47 foot MLBs and a combined staff of 44 members.