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Nehalem Bay State Park

  COVID-19 Alert 03/23/20
COVID-19 Alert: All state parks will close March 23 until further notice. Nehalem Bay State Airport is also CLOSED. The parks closure includes all state parks, including all overnight campgrounds, trails, viewpoints, restrooms, and picnic areas and all other facilities. This is part of the statewide effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
Check our Park Status Map for a list of open parks and our FAQ page for details on this decision.
4 additional notices for this park, click here to view.
Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Yurt (ADA)
  • Hiking Trails
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Bike Path (ADA)
  • Playground (ADA)
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day-Use Fee
  • Exhibit Information
  • Fishing
  • Hiker Biker
  • Horse Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Open Year Round
  • Wildlife
  • Windsurfing
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)

Set between the ocean and the bay, Nehalem Bay State Park is situated on a 4-mile sand spit. The campground is set among shore pines and 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.

Camping and other facilities

  • 265 electrical sites with water
  • 18 yurts (nine pet friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Horse camp with 17 primitive sites
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Airport camp with 2,400' airstrip and primitive fly-in sites
  • RV dump station
  • Meeting hall

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.

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: oregon.gov/plovers.

Looking for guided adventures?

Kayak Tillamook kayak tours on Nehalem Bay |  503-866-4808 |
Oregon Beach Rides horseback rides | 971-237-6653 |

Business services provided through Oregon Parks and Recreation Department commercial activity permits.