McVay is a well-hidden park noted for surf fishing, clamming, whale watching, and plenty of space to walk on the beach. The large lawn has a nine-hole disc golf course overlooking the ocean.
The park is elevated above the ocean. As you walk along the edge, you'll often have eye-to-eye encounters with the seabirds catching the updrafts from the beach. A steep, rocky path leads to the beach.
McVay is also home to one of the "off leash" dog parks in the Brookings area.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Curry County are discussing the possibility of signing a lease transferring management and improvement of McVay to Curry County. We agreed to talk about it as a condition for a land swap in 2020, one where OPRD got undeveloped county land on the shore of Floras Lake and the county got undeveloped state land along 101 north of Port Orford.
Whether we sign a lease to the county or not, the pet exercise area, disc golf course, parking, and beach access will remain part of the park.
After a couple months of collecting feedback from the community around the park and meeting with the county on November 2023 to talk over the results, we are writing a final report to lay out some options and pick our preferred path forward. We'll share that here when final.
In the meantime, you can read the survey results.
This park was purchased from private owners between 1970 and 1974 for public access to the beach. McVay Rock, located near the wayside, was named for William R. McVay, who settled nearby in 1861.