Ona Beach State Park was renamed Brian Booth State Park in 2013. The name change was in honor of Brian Booth, the first chairperson of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. However, many locals and visitors still refer to the area as Ona Beach thanks to its long history under that name and its association with razor clams, which the Chinook referred to as Ona.
The area was developed with picnicking in mind as well as an access point for the beach. Along the shoreline, you can take part in beachcombing year-round or take advantage of the breezes for some kite-flying.
Anglers can also fish at Ona Beach, providing they have the proper license. Kayaking is also permitted and a boat launch is available for watercrafts of various sizes.
A variety of wildlife also calls the area home, so many people come to the beautiful shoreline to observe nature in all its majesty. You may even be able to see some whales off the coast, especially gray whales, which migrate through the area from mid-December through January and again from late March into June. However, since some gray whales call the Oregon Coast home year-round, you might be able to watch them nearly any time.
If you are going to bring your dog to Ona Beach, it is important to always clean up after them. Not only is this respectful and required by law, but it also helps maintain the natural beauty of the area.
While dogs can be off-leash at Ona Beach, you must have full control over their actions at all times, typically through the use of voice commands. If your dog doesn’t always respond to voice commands, then keeping them on-leash is better choice. This not only ensures that they are safely under your care, but makes it easier to keep them away from other visitors. It’s important to remember that not everyone is comfortable around dogs, even smaller breeds, so you want to keep a safe distance from others at all times.