Nehalem Bay State Park

General Advisory
Beginning September 21st loops B & C will close down for an electrical upgrade and remain closed until April of 2016. Loops A, D, E and F will remain open. As of October 27, loops A, D and E are reservable and F is available for first-come-first-serve through the winter.

Symbols represent major park features & activities. Blue icons mean some/all are ADA accessible.

April 2015: Shorebirds are nesting on the spit south of the day-use area. Please let them nest in peace and follow the posted instructions. More Information

Nestled between the ocean and the bay, Nehalem Bay State Park is situated on a 4 mile long sand spit.  Located 86 miles west of Portland along the north Oregon Coast, Nehalem Bay State Park features a campground, two day-use areas and a variety of activities for the whole family.  

Situated among a sea of shore pines, the campground borders rolling dunes that separate the campground from the beach.  A walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach building sand castles, flying a kite or relaxing to the sound of the ocean.  Beach-combing can produce special rewards – treasures that include agates, shells, and occasionally glass floats. 

A forested 1.8 mile long bike path provides a breathtaking view of the bay for recreation and wildlife enthusiasts. Along this route, and in the campground, you may see deer grazing, a herd of elk, a coyote crossing the road and a variety of birds.  Kayaking, crabbing, fishing, and clamming are also popular past times. 

Park features include a 2,400 foot airstrip that offers the unique opportunity of a fly-in camp.  A hiker-biker camp is ready for hikers and bikers traveling up and down the coast.  Yurts are available as an alternative camping experience. Primitive horse camp sites offer horse enthusiasts a place to camp with several miles of trails and beach to explore.  A horse concession is located in the beach-side day-use area during the summer months. 

Campground info

  • Approximately 265 electrical sites with water
  • 18 yurts (two pet friendly)
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Horse camp with 17 primitive sites
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Airport camp with primitive fly-in sites
  • RV dump station
  • Meeting hall
  • Campsites A13, A30 & A44 and yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.  Accessible restrooms are in loops A and F, the Meeting Hall and day-use areas.

Day-use Areas

Two day-use areas offer access to bay or ocean with restrooms and picnic areas with fire rings.  Bay-side day-use includes a boat ramp. 

The boat docks are seasonal (typically mid April to late September).  Please check with park ahead of time.  Ocean-side day-use offers a horse corral and a horse concession (website:, phone: 971-237-6653).