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Nehalem Bay State Park

  COVID-19 Alert 06/03/20
Nehalem Bay day-use area will open on June 5 by noon. Boat ramp restroom will remain closed - guests may use the day-use restroom located nearby. Oregon Beach Rides horse concession should be operational by June 12. Campground opens June 9 with limited services - see info below. 
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)

COVID-19 UPDATE

Day Use

Day-use areas opening June 5, 2020. Includes boat ramp, airport, and day-use restroom.

Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Pack out trash. Facilities may close without notice.

Camping and other facilities

Campground to open June 9, 2020 to reservation holders only. Now accepting reservations up to two weeks in advance for stays beginning June 9. Campers must have a reservation. No first-come, first-served camping. See below for details on reduced services.

  • 265 electrical sites with water
  • 18 yurts (nine pet friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info) CLOSED
  • Flush toilets NO SHOWERS
  • Horse camp with 17 primitive sites
  • Hiker/biker camp CLOSED
  • Airport camp with 2,400' airstrip and primitive fly-in sites CLOSED
  • RV dump station
  • Meeting hall CLOSED
  • Playgrounds CLOSED
  • One extra vehicle per site
  • Ranger station open with limited hours

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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.

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.

Kayak tours and horseback rides are available through the following businesses:

Kayak Tillamook kayak tours on Nehalem Bay |  503-866-4808 
Oregon Beach Rides horseback rides will open June 12, 2020. Info: 971-237-6653

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.