Ocean Shore State Recreation Area

  General Advisory 10/27/17
California sea lions infected with Leptospirosis are appearing on Oregon beaches , the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network reports. The contagious bacterial infection, and many others, are transmittable to humans and dogs. Please stay away from stranded marine mammals. It is a violation of federal and state laws to harass, disturb, touch or feed marine mammals. Report violations to Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888. For more information, go to mmi.oregonstate.edu/news/california-sea-lions-sick-leptospirosis.

Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Beach Access
  • Fishing
  • Horse Trails
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Open Year Round

Oregon's shoreline is a geologic mix of sandy beaches, rocky shores and towering capes rising from the sea. All of it -- stretching from the Columbia River south to the Oregon/California border and between the vegetation line and extreme low tide -- is waiting for you to take a stunning walk along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. See the History/FAQ page to learn why Oregon's beaches are open to everyone to explore.

Turn your walk on the beach into a hike on the Oregon Coast Trail. The trail spans 382 miles, mostly on the beach and through state parks. Whether you are on a through-hike or a casual beach walk, stop and explore the vibrant life in tidepools. Looking for a great tidepool area? Take a look at the map on our Oregon Tidepool website, which also includes a species guide and trip tips. Want to check out more photos of Oregon's ocean shoreline? Check out our Ocean Shore Scenery Flickr album. Some beaches are part of protected nesting grounds of the western snowy plover. Learn more about how Oregon is protecting their seasonal beach nesting areas.

Whether you're picnicking, soaking up the sun or watching a spectacular sunset, make sure your trip is a safe one. Visit our beach safety pages to learn about sneaker waves, rip tides and drift logs.