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
Harris Beach State Park offers 65 full hookup campsites, in addition to 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. If you'd like to sleep in something a little more private, Harris Beach State Park also offers six yurts for reservation, three of which are pet friend 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 itself is very attractive during the summer months, with public swimming offered seasonally.
Swimming is done in two marked areas that are staffed with lifeguards, so make sure to restrict any waterside adventures to these areas. Canines are permitted off-leash on these beaches as long as they're kept away from the public swimming areas and aren't disruptive to other guests. If you're looking to fish, a total of three concrete piers are provided for the sport.
All fishers should plan to supply any equipment they might require for a visit, as concessions here are restricted to snacks and sunscreen. Oregon state needs anglers to have a valid license before setting off, so if you don't already have one make sure you stop by the Harris Beach State Park's central offices during regular operating hours to pick one up. Dogs are allowed on the piers provided they stay on a leash throughout their stay.