Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the bay, the Nehalem Bay State Park is situated primarily on a four-mile long sand spit. It is just 80 miles west of Portland, and close to the North Oregon Coast, which makes it a great day trip for out of town guests visiting these major cities.
For campers, Nehalem Bay State Park offers a scenic beachside experience. Nestled right beside a clump of beautiful old shore pine trees, these sites are perfect for guests looking to do a bit of stargazing as the old growth forest helps protect campers from the strong ocean winds. There are 265 sites in all, all of which are located adjacent to full showers and toilets.
These sites come with full electrical and water hookups, in case you have come with a recreational vehicle. The shower facilities are free to use provided you have paid for an overnight pass upon entrance to the park. Canines are welcome to hang out with their owners on the campgrounds provided they stay on an 8-foot leash or shorter, and steer clear of any public facilities.
Unique to Nehalem Bay State Park is a 2,400-foot airstrip, which means pilots can fly into the park if they'd like. These are a small additional camp immediately adjacent to the airstrip and storage buildings that cater specifically to fly-in campers. This area includes a refueling station, restaurant, and general store. Canines are welcome to accompany pilots provided they stay restrained and out of any public buildings.
For boaters, there are two day-use areas with ramp access to either the bay or ocean. These docks have covered pavilions, restrooms, and firepits that are free to the public in case you're looking to have a boat party. Any would-be mariners should make sure to come with all proper registration to avoid any issues. Canines are welcome to join any seafaring guests, provided they stay on their leash throughout their stay.