Originally named for the expeditions of Scottish pioneer George Harris who first settled the surrounding land in the late 1880s, Harris Beach State Park contains the largest island off of the Oregon coast. Goat Island, sometimes referred to as Bird Island, is federally recognized as a National Wildlife Sanctuary due to its 109,000 nesting birds made up of 11 different species, most notably the Tufted Puffin.
Harris Beach State Park offers lots of overnight options to get back to nature with 65 full hookup campsites, 25 electrical and water sites, and 59 traditional tent sites. All of these campgrounds are adjacent to public washroom facilities, as well as additional water sources. Harris Beach State Park also offers six yurts for reservation, three of which are pet-friendly. All campsites are available for canines provided they stay on a leash no longer than six feet. Several refuse bins are provided on these sites, so visitors should make sure to clean up any waste left behind by their canines.
The beach is a very pupular spot during the summer months, with public swimming offered seasonally. Your dog is welcome to join you to romp in the sand and splash in the ocean, but they should be kept on leash at all times, even in the water. Concessions on site offer snacks and sunscreen. If you're looking to fish, a total of three concrete piers are provided for the sport. Be sure you pick up a license first, but you can also get one at the Harris Beach State Park's central offices during regular operating hours. Dogs are allowed on the piers to hang out faithfully by your side.
There are also short trails that lead to furrific scenic viewpoints of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, as well as along the beach. If you are lucky, you can spot Gray whales during their migration season, as well as sea lions and other marine life. Always keep your dog leashed, and pick up after your pup wherever you travel in the park. Keep clean-up bags on hand, as well as water to share with your adventure pup.
If you are camping, you'll just need to pay for your site during your stay. If you are just hanging out for the day, you will need to pay for a permit. A daily permit per vehicle runs $5, while annual passes are $30, and are good at all day-use fee parks.
For an afternoon or weekend, you and your pup will love spending time at the Harris Beach State Park!