Last updated on June 1, 2024

Oregon UFO Sightings in 1976

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Oregon during 1976.

How many Oregon UFO sightings were there in 1976?

  • There were 6 officially reported UFO sightings in Oregon in 1976.
  • In 1976, Oregon ranked #22 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Oregon ranks #15 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1976, with an average of 0.29 reports per 100,000 residents.

Oregon Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1976

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Portland, OR 3 UFO Reports
2 Beaver Creek, OR 1 UFO Reports
3 Gresham, OR 1 UFO Reports
4 Cave Junction, OR 1 UFO Reports

Oregon UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 6 UFO sighting reports in Oregon from 1976 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Oregon UFO Sighting Reports in 1976

This is a sampling of 20 Oregon UFO reports from 1976, 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).

Portland, OR

Full Report Text:

Cigar shaped object over Porland Oregon 8/76 My sighting was in Portland Oregon in August of 1976. Early in the morning I was returning from work when in the western sky I saw an eliongated or cigar shaped object that appeared to be slowly moving from west to east, the object came to a complete stop several times and then it would move very quickly at acute angles and then after 3-4 minutes it just disappeared. It was quite high in the sky and compared to the moon it was approximately 1/20 of its size and had some type of illumination but not like a planes running lights, more of a greenish glow.

I have never shared this with anyone before and after hearing you on C2C the other night I felt the need to document my experience. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD)).

08/30/76 2:00 AM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 3-4 minutes

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Portland, OR

Full Report Text:

Large triangle remembered in Portland, Oregon Hello, I have been trying to find information about an incident I witnessed in Portland, Oregon back in the summer (August) of 1976. It was after dusk and my mom was showing me one of the planets that were really bright in the sky. She had gone back inside and after a while I happened to look up and noticed a large triangular object overhead.

We were at my aunts apartment and this helped me with gage the size of it. The length of the craft was 2.5 to 3 times the length of her apartment building and the width was about 1.

5 the length of the building. I hovered, making no noise, about 3 telephone pole lengths above the height of a telephone pole. There were lights on the underside and sides visible that I have not seen since.

I remember looking up at it and then looking down to street level, ( I was in back patio area) and looking to the street only 20ft away, I saw a woman walking west. All she had to do was look up and she would have saw it. I went back insi! de and told my mom "I need to show you something.

" she came out and I asked her to look up. She looked up a little and said "What?" I told her to look up higher a couple times and she looked up and saw it. I remember the look of her mouth dropping open and me asking her "what is it?" She said she didn't know.

We watched it and it did move ever so slowly still no sound. It was still there but she decided to go to the phone booth and called the news stations and although they said there had been thousand of calls they could give no info and directed her to call the national guard. She talked to someone and told them what we saw but they would give no information on what it was but did ask what our names, ages, location of sighting, and social security numbers.

We returned back to the apartment and talked to my aunts room mate and I remember her turning pale, not talking, and leaving. Later she told of following seeing several in the 82nd and Division area. Forgive me for bei! ng long winded I just wish I knew what it was.

I have searched! for loc al articles but have yet to see anything resembling what I saw. Even other triangle pictures do not look like what i observed. Can you help?.

08/11/76 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 20 min

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Portland, OR

Full Report Text:

The craft was low and made absolutely no noise. It had lights that ran down the left and right side of the craft. It moved slowly right over the top of us.

((NUFORC Note: Source of the report elects to remain anonymous; provides little contact information. PD)).

08/01/76 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 30 seconds

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Cave Junction, OR

Full Report Text:

Year 1976---The Real Man In Black Time for a real vacation! I had beem working steady with very long hours, six day a week for over six years-, in a large lumber mill as a computer tech and electrician., previous employment as a Electronic Designer and Engineer. Now I'm a rare divorced dad, with full custody of three children.

So I asked them where they would like to go, "lets get Grandma and go to Salt Lake City as she always wanted to see it" was the unanimous desician , my Olds Cutlass Supreme was a great road car and in perfect condition so it was loaded with camping gear and ready to go! Sunday morning after Church off we went, up to Hat Creek for the night and in the morning down to Reno, after seeing the town then drove out to Winnimmucca, Nevada for a late lunch, continued driving to Salt Lake City where we stayed for the night. We saw the Mormon Temple and Temple Square and all had a good time. After sightseeing I remembered a lake campground east of Salt Lake City so we went there, a lot of fun! That evening there was a bad storm warning for late the next day,on the radio.

We left early. We decided to drive to Pendleton Or, and while there stocked up on some really neat clothing! How about Portland, down the Columbia river, we went to Meryhill, WA., where the stonehenge replica stands--We were having a great time, and all the above detail is to show our frame of mind.

While driving from Maryhill on the freeway {84), I was thinking about the Hanford Atomic facility somewhere to the north, as we were headed west. Grandma said "Look at those three funny airplanes" , looking north, I saw three, black, triangular objects, above the other side of the river gorge, headed our way, and grandma and kids were talking with great excitement! Suddenly, as my eyes were on the road, everything quit working, engine, dash lights, radio, CB, so I coasted over to the side of the road--wondering what's going on ? Next thing I knew, I was standing in front of the car, wondering what I'm doing out here, Gradma and the kids, in the car "were looking at me like what are you doing out there"? I got in the car, started up fine, everything working, except the dashboard clock--we all acted dazed and dis orented--we decided to stop in the next town and get something to eat--and then continue on and see the dinosaurs at Fossil Or, that excited everyone, so we stopped at a drive in at The Dalles, The Man In Black! While munching our burgers and fries, the hair on the back of my neck stood up as if some one was behind me, I turned around and this Man was sitting two tables away, not eating but just staring at us, nothing was on his table and I sensed danger! I stood up and walked over to him, he was thin (like a person that had rickets), olive-brown skin, coal black hair and beady eyes framed by bushy-black eyebrows and pointed chin! Black shoes and suit, white shirt--feeling this was unreal asked "May I help you with something?" He shot back crisply, "Where are You Going"? Feeling very uneasy I stated "going to take the family down to Fossil, and see the sights"! He replied, in a low but distinct voice, 'DO NOT GO DOWN THERE, THINGS BIGGER THAN HOUSES, COMES IN OVER TOPS OF THE TREES, !" With that he stood up and went out the door, stunned, I went back to our table and discussed the events of the day and it dawned on us that some how we were unable to account for three hours of time, and then this weird guy, Then we all saw him drive very slowly by the side glass door of the diner, in a very black- highly polished utility truck. (painters vans we called them then}, just staring at us as he passed by .

Quick vote, panic setting in, lets go home quick! Down highway 97 we raced, past Bend Or, we started feeling a little safer, Forest road, star lit sky, was beautiful, Then a Big Black Car passes us like we were standing still, with that Same face looking at us as he passed, (I was doing 65 mph). And was quickly out of sight. Everyone was quite upset again! I mashed the gas pedal up to 80 and let it roll, quicker out of there the better! Again that black car, with that stern face passed us again, Panic now, find a place with people, Grandma found Dechutes State Campground on the map just ahead.

, quick right turn, and there standing by the side of the road, was that strange man.! This Is Nuts!! Shaking, I quickly found a camp site near the bathroom, removed my 30-30 from the trunk, and stood guard the rest of the night!!! Next morning we traveled on home, wondering what had happened! Still don't know! The Oldsmoble never ran after that trip, too many problems with it! The storm? That when the Estes Dam broke. Was the man in black bad or good, good I think, but I don't want to meet him again, Thank you! The missing three hours, just gone, not sure I want to know! Other strange experiences, yep, since I can remember, UFO perhaps, don't know! Sincerely .

07/15/76 12:00 AM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 12 hours

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Beaver Creek, OR

Full Report Text:

Craft appears from over the top of house and stops over yard as kids are looking out the window at bed time. in 1976 when i was 6 and my sister was 7 we lived in beavercreek, about 20 minutes from downtown portland. it was about 10 pm, my sister and i were looking out of our bedroom window into our backyard, as we had done many times before to try to avoid going to sleep.

a classic shaped fly sauce ( two inverted pie plates) skimmed over the top of our house until it made a dead hault directly in the center of our back yard. we lived with woods all around us, but there was a clearing between our house and where the trees began. it just came to a dead stop about 20 feet off of the ground at the most.

we had a one story home, and it barely cleared the top of our roof as it came in to view. the odd thing was is that as close as it was to us it made no noise whatsoever. none.

it was the most eary feeling i have ever experienced in my life. the experience haunts me to this day. my sister and i just looked up at it almost in a trance like state, until about a minute later it slowly began to move away.

i know it sounds crazy but i know whatever was in that craft was looking back down at us as we were loooking up at it. the bottom of the ufo gave off a faint illuminescent light. the craft looked shiny light grey.

no one will or can ever make me doubt that what i saw was not from this world. ((NUFORC Note: We assume the date is approximate. Witness is anonymous.

PD)).

06/15/76 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: one minute

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Gresham, OR

Full Report Text:

We saw "it" and got the hell out of there! We then came back.and so dit it! Just out of high school four of us friends went to a undeveloped area high on a hill, just south of gresham Or. We liked this place because of the view of the valley, and the fact that we could recieve our favorite radio stations (because of the elevation) much better.

On this particular night we were just talking & happy it was a weekend night & that we could stay out late etc. (back then "kid's had a curfew). All of a sudden the "atmosphere" changed.

I dont know how to explain it other than to recall how all of a sudden we were all quiet and uncomfortable.about something. After a minute or two I saw a dim white light shinning towards us (or at least visible to us) coming from a ridge about 150-200 yards away, and probably 200 feet higher in elevation than where our car (a 1968 Chrysler 300 2 door) was parked.

This light slowly started moving from the east to the south on somewhat of a semi-circular path. All 4 of us were discusing, as this was happening, how there were no road's or path's in the area that this light (if it were a person w/flashlight, or motor vehicle)could of been traversing. It(the light) seemed to be demanding all of our attention, and we were all (as I learned later) experiencing a sense of "fear" about this thing.

We were in a place which we knew extremely well, with regard to the terain, and the proximity of this moving light, and there was no explination we could contrive in our mind's, either individually or collectively, that could explain it's movement. The "light" continued on it's path moving from where it started (in full view of the passenger side of our car) to a point south, almost directly behind our car (about 200-300 yard's) Everyone in the car had to turn totally around and now view this thing out of the large rear window of the car. The light started to fade out and disappeared all together for about 10 seconds.

When it reappeared it was much closer to our position than it had been before. It started to fade again, then went out all together (aga! in) After a few seconds it reappeared and it was much closer to the car (again) and probably only 50 yards away. It started to fade again, and I yelled at the driver to start the car and get the *$%#& out of there NOW! I just knew that when it reappeared again, it'd be right on top of us! We shot down the very steep gravel road at probably 50 m.

p.h., and had to stop at the bottom to make a turn and go back to "Downtown" Gresham.

We did go back and told a couple other people we knew about what happened, and they wanted to go back up there right away! Two of the people on the first trip had to go home, but My next door neighbor (who was there with me the first time.about 30 minutes earlier now), and myself, rode back up with "Duane & Jim" in Duanes 1963 corvair. On the way up to the hill we told them in detail what we saw, and instead of questioning us or expressing any doubt, they seemed to be uncharacteristically quiet & apprehensive.

When we got near to the base of the gravel road, after about a 10 minute ride, there were Two police car's parked face to face in the middle of the little country road that intersected with the road that went up the hill.They were about 50 feet from where we had to turn. The strangest thing happened.

both of their dome lights were on, as were the red flashing lights on top of their car's (no blue lights back then!) The policemen, one in each car, were simply staring straight ahead, & not even moving, or looking at our car which literely had to slow to about one mile per hour, and pass within 3-4 inches of their car's to avoid going off in the ditch on our side! Why didnt the police move? Why didnt they even look at us? Sitting in the corvair, passing them, we were only 4-5 feet from where they sat in their own car's! We could see their expressions! Nothing!! We turned and went back up the hill & talked for maybe a half hour about what the police could of been doing and exactly where we had seen the lights earlier that night. Everything seemed "normal" there, and maybe du! e to the fact that "Duane & Jim" hadnt been there earlier, they were starting to joke around & talk about other thing's. After another 10-15 minutes, I got what I can only describe as a terrible feeling of "being watched" Things were immediately different, because before I said a word Duane (the driver) said "let's go", and "Larry" (my neighbor) who was there before, looked at me with a "really bad look" in his eyes.

I remember saying out loud "Wait" "It is back". After only a few seconds a large bluish white "orb" with an orangish colored "fog" around it flew from down the hill closer to where the police car's were, to directly above the corvair! I remember in detail looking at it above the car (maybe 25-50 ft.) with my head out the passenger window! We all saw it! After what seemed like only a couple seconds it was just gone! I dont know where or what direction it went, it was just out of there.

We went down the hill, found that the police cars had left, and drove back into downtown Gresham. It was very strange how none of us were scared, we just seemed to accept what we saw, and decided that we had a special experience of some sort, and wouldnt mention it to the police or newspapers etc. Not even to other people we knew.

The experience seemed like it affected us all on some sort of energy level. I guess I have had many thoughts, since that time that MUCH MORE than a couple seconds were spent underneath that thing, but have never persued any sort of hypnosis or regression therapy to try & find out what really occured. I just "know" in my mind (as do the others that were there) that much more happened that night than we are able to report.

Maybe someday I will remember those missing part's! These thing's are very real! ((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD)).

06/01/76 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: changing

Lasted: 30 minutes

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Oregon UFO Sightings From 1976 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Triangle 3 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
Disk 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Changing 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Cigar 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1976 By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
August 3 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
June 2 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
July 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1976 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
Tuesday 2 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Monday 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Sunday 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Thursday 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Wednesday 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1976 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
06/15/76 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
06/01/76 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
07/15/76 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
08/11/76 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
08/30/76 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1976 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
Night 20:00 - 23:59 4 reported sightings 66.67% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 2 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

All Oregon Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1976

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Oregon, in 1976

City Number of Reports View Reports
Portland 3 UFO Reports Portland UFO Sightings in 1976
Beaver Creek 1 UFO Reports Beaver Creek UFO Sightings in 1976
Gresham 1 UFO Reports Gresham UFO Sightings in 1976
Cave Junction 1 UFO Reports Cave Junction UFO Sightings in 1976

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