Smelt Sands
State Recreation Site

Near Newport, Oregon, United States

An excellent whale watching and photography viewpoint. Walk the historic 804 Trail (.75 miles one-way with resting benches scattered along the way). The park is known for tidepooling, rock fishing and the yearly smelt run (smelt are small, silvery relatives of salmon). Breathtaking sunsets.

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.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-867-7451
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History

Obtained by purchase from private owners in 1971 and 1972. In 1990, after 15 years of effort on the part of public-spirited citizens, an adjoining former county road right-of-way known as the Yachats 804 Trail was dedicated for public recreational use as a hiking trail.

Brochures and Maps

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