Nehalem Bay State Park

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Nehalem Bay State Park

Oregon

(503) 368-5154

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Overview

Imagine waking up to the song of the seagull, spending your afternoon on a kayak trip around Nehalem Bay, then taking a short walk over the dunes to the beach. There you'll sit with a blanket and watch the sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain. Finally, snuggle down for the night while the ocean waves sing you a lullaby. This is Nehalem Bay State Park. Many visitors find the serenity of Nehalem Bay State Park to be the most attractive feature. Crabbing and fishing on Nehalem Bay are popular. For a breathtaking view of the bay, fitness and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the 1.75 mile bike trail that circles the park airplane landing strip. Along this route and in the campground itself, you're likely to see deer grazing, a herd of elk, or a coyote crossing the road. The park is also graced with a variety of birds. Fine dining and local boutiques in the neighboring communities of Manzanita and Nehalem offer a change of scenery from the park setting. Afternoon or moonlit walks on the beach and down to the end of the jetty enhance the serenity of this park. Northwest Equine Outfitters operates a horse concession from the day-use area in the park during Spring Break and in summer (from Memorial Day to Labor Day). Why not spend the day and take in a guided trail or beach ride? Make Nehalem Bay State Park a planned destination in your vacation schedule.

Map of Nehalem Bay (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.684665, -123.934010

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides access to fishing and crabbing on the bay.

  • Bicycling

    For a breathtaking view of the bay, fitness and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the 1.75 mile bike trail that circles the park airplane landing strip.

  • Camping

    There are 265 electrical sites (maximum site 60 feet); 18 yurts; horse camp (17 sites with corrals); hiker/biker camp and a fly-in camp (primitive sites) adjacent to airstrip.

  • Fishing

    Crabbing and fishing on Nehalem Bay are popular.

  • Hiking

    Beachcombing can produce special rewards--treasures that include agates, occasional glass floats and chunks of beeswax off 16th century Spanish merchant ships.

  • Horseback Riding

    The reservable horse camp has 17 campsites, each with two corrals, a fire ring and picnic table. Water is available in the camp. Each site accommodates two horses comfortably. Horses are prohibited in the main overnight campground and developed day-use areas. Northwest Equine Outfitters operates a horse concession from the day-use area in the park during Spring Break and in summer (from Memorial Day to Labor Day).

  • Picnicking

    You have two picnic areas to choose from. One overlooks the bay near the boat launch area with green, coastal mountains framing the background. Another is closer to the ocean and has a trail leading from the area over the dune to the beach. Both areas have picnic tables, fire rings and modern restrooms. Watch for deer, elk and other wildlife along a two-mile gravel trail leading from the end of the day-use area to the Nehalem River's north jetty.

  • RVing

    The park has 265 electrical sites (maximum site 60 feet).

  • Water Sports

    A boat ramp provides access to fishing and crabbing on the bay. Or bring your surf board and try getting up on a wave.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round. Nehalem Bay requires a day-use permit year-round. Display a daily permit, a 12- or 24-month pass, Oregon Coast Passport or your camping receipt on the driver side of your dashboard. Your camping receipt is equal to a daily permit for those days registered. You may purchase a daily permit at the pay station in the day-use area. The 12- and 24-month passes are sold by merchants near the park and at major state park offices.

Park Partners

Oregon Beach Rides

Schedule a ride mid-morning, afternoon, or early evening sunset! Rides are taken out by appointment, but always welcome new riders. Ages 6 and up can ride.

(971) 237-6653

Directions

Driving

Off US 101, 3 miles south of Manzanita Junction.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(503) 368-5154

Campground reservations

(800) 452-5687

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