Located on the magnificent Oregon coast a bit south of the city of Newport, Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site provides visitors with access to miles of flat, sandy beach, making it an ideal location for a casual stroll with your pooch. As you wander, you may even see whales crashing through the waters of the Pacific Ocean, or you can simply enjoy some wonderful beachcombing opportunities.
If you want to take a quick hike, head over to nearby Alsea Bay. There, you may spot seals basking in the sunlight or crabs wandering along the water’s edge. Storm watching is also a favorite activity, making a less than sunny day spectacular in its own right. For those who want to enjoy a picturesque sunset, Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site is a great destination. You can watch as the sky shifts from blue to pink and yellow while a range of striking colors dance along the water.
The ocean breezes make the park a great place for kite flying as well. Since the beaches are mostly flat, running with a kite in tow isn’t as challenging as with some other beaches. Plus, the winds make windsurfing a fun activity for those who wish to glide across the waters.
You can also swim at Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site. However, the water can be chilly much of the year, so be prepared if you decide to take a dip.
If you want to have a meal during your visit, the park is a great location for a picnic. While campfires are not permitted, you can use grills that have a turn off valve if you want to have a barbecue.
If you bring your dog to Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site, make sure to keep your furry companion on a six-foot or shorter leash at all times. Additionally, be prepared to remove any pet waste they create so you can leave the beach in the same condition as you found it.