Nehalem Bay State Park

General Advisory
Sections of the campground will be closed during the off-season for the next few years due to electrical upgrades and maintenance. The following closure schedule is provided for 2015. All dates are subject to change. The Day-use area will remain open. JANUARY 2015: January 4-January 31, 2015 – entire campground closed. February 1, 2015 -D, E, F and Horse Camp re-open and will be open to first-come first serve until May 21, 2015. All yurts, A, B, and C Loops will remain closed, re-opening May 21, 2015. May 21, 2015- entire campground open and open to reservations. SEPTEMBER 2015: Sept 7, 2015-D, E and F Loops close to reservations, but will remain open to first come-first serve. Sept 21, 2015- B, C, D, E and F Loops close for maintenance. Most of A Loop, Yurts and Horse Camp remain open and open to reservations. (Sites A4, A6, A8, A10, A12, and A14 will close Sept 21 for maintenance.)

Symbols represent major park features & activities. Blue icons mean some/all are ADA accessible.

Nestled between the ocean and the bay, Nehalem Bay State Park is situated on a 4 mile long sand spit.  Located 86 miles west of Portland along the north Oregon Coast, Nehalem Bay State Park features a campground, two day-use areas and a variety of recreational opportunities for the whole family.  

Situated among a sea of shore pines, the campground borders rolling dunes that separate the campground from the beach.  A walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach building sand castles, flying a kite or relaxing to the sound of the ocean.  Beach-combing can produce special rewards – treasures that include agates, shells, and occasionally glass floats.  End the day with a sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-kah-nie Mountain. 

A forested 1.8 mile long bike path provides a breathtaking view of the bay for recreation and wildlife enthusiasts.  Along this route, and in the campground, you're likely to see deer grazing, a herd of elk, a coyote crossing the road and a variety of birds.  Kayaking, crabbing, fishing, and clamming are also popular past times on the bay. 

Features of the park include a 2,400 foot airstrip that offers the unique opportunity of a fly-in camp.  A hiker-biker camp offers a walk-in campsite for hikers and bikers traveling up and down the coast.  Yurts are available as an alternative camping experience. Primitive horse camp sites offer horse enthusiasts a place to camp with several miles of trails and beach to explore.  A horse concession is located in the beach-side day-use area during the summer months.  Fine dining and local boutiques in the neighboring communities of Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler offer a change of scenery from the park setting.

Campground info

  • Approximately 265 electrical sites with water
  • 18 yurts (two pet friendly)
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Horse camp with 17 primitive sites
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Airport camp with primitive fly-in sites
  • RV dump station
  • Meeting hall

Universal Access

Three campsites (A13, A30 & A44) and all yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.  ADA accessible restrooms are located in loops A and F, at the Meeting Hall and the two day-use areas.

Day-use Areas

Two day-use areas offer access to bay or ocean, restrooms and picnic areas that include tables and fire rings.  Bay-side day-use includes a boat ramp.  Docks are seasonal, so check with park ahead of time.  Ocean-side day-use offers a horse corral and a horse concession (website:, phone: 971-237-6653).