Nehalem Bay State Park

General Advisory
Starting October 1st 2014 the entire Nehalem Bay State Park campground will be closed for an electrical upgrade to loops A, B, and C. We will will open up loops D, E,F and Horse Camp for first come first serve starting December 1st. Our Day Use areas will remain open for the winter. Loops A, B and C will open again April 1st, 2015 on a first come, first serve basis. The entire campground opens for reservation May 22nd - 8th of September 2015.

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

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 recreational opportunities 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.  End the day with a sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-kah-nie Mountain. 

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're likely to 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 on the bay. 

Features of the park include a 2,400 foot airstrip that offers the unique opportunity of a fly-in camp.  A hiker-biker camp offers a walk-in campsite 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.  Fine dining and local boutiques in the neighboring communities of Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler offer a change of scenery from the park setting.

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

Universal Access

Three campsites (A13, A30 & A44) and all yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.  ADA accessible restrooms are located in loops A and F, at the Meeting Hall and the two day-use areas.

Day-use Areas

Two day-use areas offer access to bay or ocean, restrooms and picnic areas that include tables and fire rings.  Bay-side day-use includes a boat ramp.  Docks are seasonal, so check with park ahead of time.  Ocean-side day-use offers a horse corral and a horse concession (website:, phone: 971-237-6653).