McVay Rock State Recreation Site

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McVay Rock State Recreation Site

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Overview

McVay is a well-hidden park noted for surf, fishing, clamming, whale watching, and plenty of space to walk on the beach. The Pacific Ocean spreads out 180 degrees in front of you, providing an unequal vista for the whale watching that has become an increasingly popular activity for both residents and visitors to Brookings. Each year gray whales pass Curry County while migrating between the warm waters of Baja California and the frigid seas off Alaska. The large lawn area is great for blanket picnics. If you did not bring food, it's just as great for lying on the blanket. The park is elevated about fifty feet above the surf. As you walk along the edge, you'll often have eye-to-eye encounters with the seabirds catching the updrafts from the beach. Walking, standing or sitting on the edge gives you a fine spectator's view of the ocean and surf performing a raucous, energetic dance where no step is ever repeated. The site is a mostly undeveloped beach access area. The gravel parking area is near walking trails leading down to the beach. Hidden it may be, but difficult to get to, McVay Recreation Site is not. Take the highway 101 south of Brookings. Turn off on Oceanview Drive. Open year-round.

Map of McVay Rock State Rec. Site (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.019160, -124.231914

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Fish from the sandy beach or dig for clams.

  • Hiking

    This well hidden park has plenty of space to walk and explore the beach. While beachcombing, keep your eyes out for migrating whales. The gravel parking area is near walking trails leading down to the beach.

  • Picnicking

    The park is elevated above the ocean and there is a large lawn area that is great for blanket picnics.

  • Water Sports

    Windsurf, swim, or bring along your surfboard. This park is known for its waves and remoteness makes recreating even better.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round. There is no fee to use this park.

Directions

Driving

Hidden it may be, but difficult to get to, McVay Recreation Site is not. Drive south out of Brookings on US 101 and go right on Pedrioli, the first road south of the last traffic light in Brookings. The last traffic light before the Oregon/California border, as a matter-of-fact. Follow Pedrioli to Oceanview Drive and turn left one and a half miles to McVay Recreation Site.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

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