Nehalem Bay State Park

  General Advisory 08/24/17
We will be removing the courtesy docks from our boat ramp for the winter during the week of September 25th. We anticipate having the courtesy docks back in place in mid-May, 2018. Beginning October 1st, 2017, Loops D, E, and F will become available for first-come, first-served camping only during the winter months. Loops A, B & C and the horse camp will remain open to reservations year-round. Please note that this is a seasonal closure. Loops D, E and F will again be reservable from May 25th through September 30th, 2018. IMPORTANT: Winter rains bring flooding to the campground. Please understand that it may become necessary to completely close some sites or sections of the campground due to high water. Please also be prepared to accept another site if your preferred site is unusable.
Major Features & Activities:
  • 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)

Snowy plovers have shown nesting activity on the spit south of the day-use area. Please follow the posted instructions. More

The route to our address at 34600 Garey St. winds through a community. Kids, pets and wildlife are at play. Please be courteous, obey all traffic rules and take it slow.

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

  • 265 electrical sites with water
  • 18 yurts (9 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 sites and all 18 yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.

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).

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