Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site

Park History

Lands were obtained by purchase from private owners between 1967 and 1969. North of the wayside, at a location overlooking Haystack Rock, Governor Oswald West built his family's vacation retreat, a massive log bungalow. In action now widely recognized as a signal event in the state's conservation movement, Governor West encouraged the legislative designation of Oregon beaches as public highways in 1913, thus ensuring the public's right of access to them long into the future. The subdivision known as Tolovana Park was the historic setting of a rustic ocean side hostelry of the early days known as the Warren Hotel.  The first guest to sign-in was Oswald West, a friend fo the Warrens'.  Owner Mark Warren and his brother Will spent time in Alaska before settling and farming Tolovana Park.  The Warren family mapped and surveyed all of Tolovana Park, labeling all the streets after Native American named rivers of Alaska.  Tolovana means "river of sticks". 

Acreage: 3.31

Annual day-use attendance: 1,105,198

Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site FAQ


Must I leash my dog on the ocean shore?

The short answer is no, but the handler of any domestic animal on the ocean shore does have responsibilities. Please refer to an excerpt from our ocean shore rules, below:

(2) The handler of any domestic animal must be responsible for the animal's behavior and must exercise direct control over the animal while in the ocean shore state recreation area.

(a) “Direct control” means that the animal is within the unobstructed sight of the handler and responds to voice commands or other methods of control.

(b) Domestic animal handlers must carry a leash or restraining device at all times while in the ocean shore state recreation area.

(c) Domestic animal handlers must promptly leash animals at the request or order of a park employee.

(d) Handlers must prevent their animals from harassing people, wildlife and other domestic animals.

(e) Animals may not be hitched or confined in a manner that may cause damage to any natural resources on the ocean shore.

(f) Handlers are responsible for the removal of the animal's waste while in the ocean shore state recreation area.

Statewide FAQ

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