Nehalem Bay State Park

Near Tillamook, Oregon, United States

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Day Use

Park is open for day use, including boat ramp, airport, and day-use restroom.

  • Life jacket loaner station CLOSED
  • Reduced garbage service. Pack out trash.
  • Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if crowded.
  • Facilities may close without notice.

Camping and other facilities

Campground is open and accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance (beginning July 1). Campers must have a reservation. No first-come, first-served camping. See below for details on reduced services.

  • 265 electrical sites with water
  • 18 yurts (9 pet-friendly) CLOSED through at least Sept. 30
  • Flush toilets NO SHOWERS
  • Horse camp with 17 primitive sites
  • Hiker/biker camp CLOSED
  • Airport camp with 2,400' airstrip and primitive fly-in sites CLOSED
  • RV dump station
  • Meeting hall CLOSED through at least Sept. 7
  • Playgrounds CLOSED
  • One extra vehicle per site
  • Ranger station open with limited hours


Set between the ocean and the bay, Nehalem Bay State Park is situated on a 4-mile sand spit. The campground sits among shore pines, just a sand dune away from the beach.  

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.

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.

Kayak tours and horseback rides are available through the following businesses:

Kayak Tillamook kayak tours on Nehalem Bay |  503-866-4808 
Oregon Beach Rides horseback rides will open June 12, 2020. Info: 971-237-6653

Seasonal Beach Restrictions March 15 - Sep. 15

Beach restrictions are in place on Nehalem Spit south of the main day-use area during nesting season for western snowy plovers. Foot and equestrian traffic on wet sand only; all other recreation prohibited. Information:


Park Overview mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
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COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-currency-usd Day-use parking permit required
(purchase 1-day permit on site)
Buy annual parking permit
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 503-368-5943
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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.