Last updated on June 1, 2024

Oregon UFO Sightings in 1971

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Oregon during 1971.

How many Oregon UFO sightings were there in 1971?

  • There were 2 officially reported UFO sightings in Oregon in 1971.
  • In 1971, Oregon ranked #24 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Oregon ranks #17 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1971, with an average of 0.1 reports per 100,000 residents.

Oregon Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1971

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Medford, OR 1 UFO Reports
2 Salem, OR 1 UFO Reports

Oregon UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 2 UFO sighting reports in Oregon from 1971 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Oregon UFO Sighting Reports in 1971

This is a sampling of 20 Oregon UFO reports from 1971, presented as they were submitted other than paragraph breaks added for easier readability where necessary.

You can click the 'Report' link to view the original report along with any photos that may have been submitted to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

Medford, OR

Full Report Text:

‘My Dog as my witness’!.we saw-what-we-saw, but what-was-it!?! Today, after 48 years of silence I am putting into text the recollection of what I apprise to have been a UFO sighting taking place in the Summer of 1971 at a Hydro Electrical Station canal site (with night fishing permits) off the Rouge (sic. Rogue??) River in Oregon, somewhere remote North of Medford, Oregon (we resided in Ashland, Oregon, at the time).

compelled by others willing to share their experience in this matter I am documenting this extraordinary event with ‘My Dog as my witness’! The setting was close to 1:00am on a balmy night with a severe-clear sky (although very little moonlight) for an overnight fishing/camping trip in the Summer of 1971 at a Hydro Electrical Station with a huge floodlight on the small buildings’ roof, aside a concrete canal (with night fishing allowed with a permit only) off the Rouge River in Oregon somewhere remote North of Medford, Oregon, (we resided in Ashland, Oregon, at the time).our permit allowed us to park on the gravel covered levy at the edge of the canal near the floodlight 20’ away (very slow flowing, calm/silent water except for the occasional fish jumping). Myself 18 years old, and husband 21 (leaving nameless to protect his identity, per his request) with our highly trained 2 years old pure black, fearless German Shepard dog, named ((dog's name deleted)), (he even survived a rattlesnake-bite on his nose without a whimper).

Our 1960 Mint Green F100 Ford pickup truck with overhead camper was backed up to roughly 20 feet from the concrete-canal, set-up with camp chairs, lantern, snacks and fishing gear set out, and already catching catfish with 2 hooks on each line….although there was very little Moonlight, the area was very bright due to the huge security floodlight-beam attached to the roof of the small Hydro Electric station (10’x10’ building about 20’ away) shinning to the opposite side of the canal where the other side of the shore was visible, I’m guessing to be 50 feet off in the distance? ((name deleted)), (the dog) was napping near me, sitting in the camp-chair 5’ from the waters-edge tending my fishing-pole .all of a sudden ((dog's name deleted)) bolted to all four feet and started the strangest sound I ever heard from any dog then or to this day!.

guttural-howl/growl-scream, as if the dog might be in severe pain, attempted to crawl under my camp-chair where obviously he cannot fit, then trying to cover his ears with his paws as if trying to block some ear piercing whatever?.after that, he was scraping his head on both side of his ears along the sharp-gravel in obvious horrific pain when we heard/noticed the water in the canal was lapping the shores vigorously and rippling in concentric circles from the center of the canal, so thought maybe a Moose or some very large animal jumped into the water but we would have heard-it if that happened? .soon we realize we can see the opposite side of the canal clearly and no Moose or animal in sight.

including we see that the concentric circles are full round circles so whatever it was the circles started in the middle of the canal not at the levy edge and the ripples/waves are getting stronger, similar to what a helicopter hovering overhead would cause?.except, it is completely silent and no dust or gravel blowing around, all-the-while the dog is continuing to suffer, at that moment we both look-up to see a huge pulsing-glow-fire-orange/red oval (football) shaped craft above-us with no apparent windows, seamless-looking solid material/construction and no visible means of propulsion or con-trails? (guessing 50 yards in length by 10 yards in height) approximately hovering at the height of a 20 story building.nearly over the top of us we see that it appeared to be spinningiin-place at a supersonic rate (how can this not make noise is going thru my mind?).

we freeze in our tracks, our heads trying to justify/comprehend what we are seeing while the dog seems to be acting worse for pain and screaming even more?.we grabbed our gear and shot for the truck 5 feet away as we see the object bolt across the sky away from us in a blink becoming a barely visible-dot only a moment later to reappear above us again in the next blink of time!.how is this possible with no sound we humans can hear but maybe the dog can hear-it?.

about 3-5 minutes have gone by now. Strangely, our dog ((dog's name deleted)) jumped in the camper-back with the gear as soon as the door was barely open, forcing his way inside using his head as a plow in a panic-fleeing-demeanor.I say strangely, as he never wants to ride in the back of the camper, only wanted to sit in the truck cab with us, so I figured he must be as afraid as we are?!? Fleeing, as we are freaked-out and shaking in the fright-flight-mode (full-on heart-pounding fear) with dust and gravel spewing from the truck-tires as we swerve out of there as-fast-as-possible and are soon out of eyesight of the craft due to the dense forest of Pines, Oaks, Buckeyes, Sequoias and Redwoods blocking the view.

It took another several minutes before the dog recovered from his painful event and finally stopped panting.as we drove along in silence trying in our minds to make sense of what just happened?.my ex-husband blurts out in a scary-threatening-tone, and commanded that “I better not repeat this to anybody as he would deny it and call me crazy”.

and actually ‘with my dog as my witness’, he was more compelling evidence/witness of something strange in our midst than the opinion of my ex-husband. Approximately a month later, while reading a book from my co-workers: Book Club in Medford, Oregon, titled: Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken, and I assumed it would be similar to the Kon Tikki story?.quickly I realize it is a book of UFO sightings and read a page where there was a similar experience of water rippling in concentric circles with no sound or apparent rotary blades in site?.

I felt a huge shock-knock of a flash-back to our sighting like it just had-happened and thought it could really be true what we witnessed that strangest of nights could possibly be from another world?!?.hmm? ((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with the witness and she seemed to us to be sober-minded. We suspect that she is a reliable witness.

PD)).

07/14/71 1:00 AM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: 10 minutes

Report

Salem, OR

Full Report Text:

"ENCOUNTER AT HAYSVILLE CORNFIELD" In early 1999, I re-united with an old high school buddy who had been in contact with my younger brother. I had not seen RH for about 19 years. My last time seeing him was 1980.

We picked berries in the fields in early 1970's, hung out at the local skating rink, fun times. RH and I also decided to enlist in the military in 1974 together. I did so in the USAF, and he went US Army.

After my initial contact made by phone early 1999, I met up with RH at my home in Tigard, Oregon. His first comment to me was "Remember the light in the sky over the cornfield? That drove me to drink all these years!" Like a rush of memories flooding my mind. it took me back to the summer of 1971 where RH and I were riding late at night on our bikes on Cordon Road, cross road of Haysville in East Salem which was rural farming.

The image of a cornfield, a large oak tree and a bright oval light hovering over the tree. I was looking SSE direction as the tree was at a slight uphill direction in the middle of the field. The scene is all I remember, I don't recall any sounds, any other aircraft or individuals, and don't have any memory of what happened after that event.

What transpired that night so many years ago? RH stood there after making that comment holding a flask, which I presumed was alcohol. We sat on the deck and talked about that night. neither of us could really make out what happened, but it was evident, it had a severe affect on my friend.

For me, seeing this light is all I remember. RH and I kept in touch until his death in 2001. In the spring of 2019 I was in Salem and went out to the crossroads of Cordon Road and Haysville Rd.

trying to pin point the area where we had the sighting. a flash back in time as the land, buildings have changed. There was no longer a cornfield, but the barn was still there to the right and the oak tree was gone.

What happened that evening to scare my friend as bad as it did I don't know. As for me, I was not affected, but my journey into finding answers started in that cornfield in 1971! I hope here sometime in the future to make another trip to the area and talk to some of the residents living there to see if they have had any sightings like mine during the early 1970's. To analyze what we saw, from my experience in the USAF, it was not a conventional aircraft, nor the moon, or a street light, or vehicle headlights because it was in the air at about 30-35 degrees hovering over that oak tree.

So at this time, its an unknown.

06/01/71 12:00 AM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: 5 minute

Report

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1971 By Shape

This is a standardized set of shapes a UFO report can be filed under.

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Oval 2 reported sightings 100.00% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1971 By Month

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the month the sighting occured in.

Month Sightings % Of Total
July 1 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
June 1 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1971 By Weekday

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the day of the week the sighting occured on.

Weekday Sightings % Of Total
Wednesday 1 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
Tuesday 1 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1971 By Date (Top 5)

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the date the sighting occured on, limited to the top 5 dates with the most sightings.

Date Sightings % Of Total
07/14/71 1 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
06/01/71 1 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1971 By Time

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the time of day the sighting occured during. We took logical 4 hour windows in order to split the day into early morning, morning, afternoon, evening, night, and late night buckets for this analysis.

Time Of Day Hours Sightings % Of Total
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 2 reported sightings 100.00% of all reports

All Oregon Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1971

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Oregon, in 1971

City Number of Reports View Reports
Medford 1 UFO Reports Medford UFO Sightings in 1971
Salem 1 UFO Reports Salem UFO Sightings in 1971

Other Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Oregon

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports are filed per year in Oregon.

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2024 11 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 95 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 99 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 97 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 241 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 134 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 101 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 127 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 171 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 216 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 228 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 189 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 181 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 116 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 85 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 80 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 93 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 113 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 79 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 108 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 93 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 94 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 97 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 116 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 99 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 106 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 59 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 39 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 29 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 74 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 12 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1993
1992 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1992
1991 5 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1991
1990 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 7 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 5 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1984
1983 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1983
1982 1 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 8 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1980
1979 5 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 7 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 7 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 2 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 4 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1972
1971 2 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1971
1970 2 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1970
1969 4 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1969