Nehalem Bay State Park

  General Advisory 01/01/20
The meeting hall is closed to reservations from June 1, 2020 forward, but remains open on a first-come, first-served basis. Please speak with staff after arrival about renting the meeting hall during your visit. The reservation closure is necessary as we consider transitioning this under-used facility to a visitor center/registration area. For more information, call the park at 503-368-5943.
Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Yurt (ADA)
  • Hiking Trails
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Bike Path (ADA)
  • Playground (ADA)
  • Amphitheater
  • 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)

Note: Snowy plovers are nesting on the spit south of the day-use area. Follow the posted instructions. More

Set between the ocean and the bay, Nehalem Bay State Park is situated on a 4 mile-long sand spit. The campground setting is in shore pines bordered by rolling dunes. Walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach building sand castles, flying a kite or relaxing to the sound of the ocean. A forested 1.8 mile long bike path provides a breathtaking view of the bay. You may see deer and elk grazing and a variety of birds. Kayaking, crabbing, fishing and clamming are popular activities.

Park features include a 2,400 foot airstrip that includes 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. 

Looking for guided adventures?

Kayak Tillamook kayak tours on Nehalem Bay |  503-866-4808 |
Oregon Beach Rides horseback rides | 971-237-6653 |

Business services provided through Oregon Parks and Recreation Department commercial activity permits.

Camping and other facilities

  • 265 electrical sites with water
  • 18 yurts (nine pet friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
  • 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

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-May to mid-October).  Please check with park ahead of time.