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 Sep 18, 2020
Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
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.

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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.