Nehalem Bay State Park

  General Advisory 09/22/16
October, 2016 - The docks at our boat ramp will be pulled for the season the first week of October. They will be back in place, weather and water conditions permitting, by May 15, 2017. Beginning on October 1st, 2016 loops D, E and F will be available for first-come, first-served camping. Loops A, B and C will remain open for reservations. Beginning November 1st, 2016 we will close and winterize Loops D, E, F and Horse Camp. Loops A, B and C will remain open and offer a mix of reservation and first-come, first-served camping throughout the winter and early spring. Reservation and first-come, first-served inventory will be added during peak times, such as spring break, as needed.
Symbols represent major park features and activities.  Blue icons mean some or all are ADA accessible.

Major Park Features:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Yurt (ADA)
  • Hiking Trails
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Bike Path (ADA)
  • Playground (ADA)
  • Ampitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day-Use Fee
  • Exhibit Information
  • Fishing
  • Hiker Biker
  • Horse Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Open Year Round
  • Wildlife
  • Windsurfing
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)

As of 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

The route to Nehalem Bay State Park winds through a community. Kids, pets and wildlife are at play. Please be courteous, obey all traffic rules and take it slow. We'll still be here when you arrive!


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

The campground, set amongst a sea of shore pine, borders rolling dunes along the beach.  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 produces 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. You may see deer and elk grazing, a coyote crossing the road and a variety of birds.  Kayaking, crabbing, fishing and clamming are popular activities. 

Park features include a 2,400 foot airstrip that offers the unique opportunity of a fly-in camp.  A hiker-biker camp offers sites for those walking and riding bikes. Yurts are available as an alternative camping experience. Primitive horse campsites offer horse enthusiasts camping 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: http://oregonbeachrides.com, phone: 971-237-6653).