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Harris Beach
State Park

Near Brookings, Oregon, United States

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Park Overview

Located on Oregon’s rugged south coast, Harris Beach offers a splendid seascape for sightseers, several trails, and miles of sandy beaches and rocky outcroppings to explore. From the day-use area, enjoy beachside picnicking with a picturesque view of the sea stacks dotting the ocean, including the largest island off the Oregon coast.

Bird Island (also called Goat Island) is a National Wildlife Sanctuary and breeding site for such rare birds as the tufted puffin. The island makes for amazing wildlife viewing from the park's many viewpoints. Watch gray whales on their winter and spring migrations, harbor seals, California sea lions, sea birds and the rich marine gardens.  

Year-round Camping

Some camp loops close for the winter. Camping in C loop is first-come, first-served only Nov. 1– May 24. Reservable sites can be booked up to 6 months in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.

  • 65 full-hookup sites
  • 25 electrical sites with water
  • 59 tent sites with water nearby
  • 6 yurts (3 pet-friendly; one accessible) RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
  • Group camp CLOSED
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Playground
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • Firewood for sale, subject to availability
  • RV dump station
  • Universal access: One campsite has accessible design.

Nearby Attractions

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor: This 12-mile-long park along Highway 101 is a series of scenic waysides, some with picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy unparalleled ocean views. Or you can explore the park by foot via a series of hikes that make up a portion of the Oregon Coast Trail. The south end of the park is only three miles north of Harris Beach.

McVay Rock and Winchuck State Recreation Sites offer access to beaches south of Brookings. At the border, Crissey Field has wetlands, a trail to the beach and a welcome center with more information on things to see and do.

Visit Brookings: Known for its azalea festival and bike-friendly streets, Brookings also has a boat launching ramp, moorage facilities, boat rentals, and charter boat service at the south jetty, near the mouth of the Chetco River.

Visit Gold Beach: 30 miles north of Brookings, the town is a gateway to the famous Rogue River.

Effective Dec 2, 2022 – Dec 5, 2022
A Loop Restroom and Showers will be closed starting December 2nd. Visitors are being redirected to the C Loop Restrooms. Isolation valves are being added to the existing plumbing and portions of the restrooms and showers will be brought back in phases as soon as work permits.
Effective Oct 21, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023
California sea lions infected with Leptospirosis are appearing on Oregon beaches. 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.
Effective Aug 19, 2022
Emerald Ash Borer, a highly invasive insect, has been sighted in Oregon for the first time. Help contain this extremely damaging insect by following these firewood tips:
  • Buy locally harvested firewood at or near your destination.
  • Buy certified heat-treated firewood ahead of time, if available.
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Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: Harris Beach MU office: 541-469-0224
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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Are generators allowed?

No.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

The land was purchased from various owners between 1926 and 1985.  Early developments were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and 1935.  Harris Beach is named for George Scott Harris, a native of Scotland, who obtained the property about 1871.  Harris served in the British Army in India, later going to Africa and New Zealand.  He arrived in San Francisco in 1860, worked in railway construction and mining and migrated to Curry County in 1871 where he became a naturalized citizen on April 6, 1880.  Mr. Harris raised sheep and cattle on the park land, which passed to his nephew, James, in 1925, and also served as Curry County Commissioner in 1886-87.

Brochures and Maps

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