NEHALEM BAY STATE PARK
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. If you look closer you'll find a lot of ways to keep busy, though. 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? For more information, visit their website or call 1-503-801-RIDE. Make Nehalem Bay State Park a planned destination in your vacation schedule.
1. Tent Camping: Nehalem Bay State Park offers over 250 tent camping sites with amenities like picnic tables, fire pits and restrooms nearby.
2. RV Camping: The park also has a large number of RV campsites that come equipped with electrical hookups for your convenience.
3. Yurts Rental: For those who prefer more comfort while still being close to nature, the park rents out yurts which are round canvas-covered structures featuring beds, heat source and electricity.
4. Horse Campsites: There is an area specifically designed for horse campers in the south loop of the campground where you can set up tents or trailers next to corrals provided by the state park.
5. Group Campsite Area: This site accommodates groups from 9-25 people making it perfect for family reunions or group outings.
6. Hiker/Biker Camps: These are primitive camps meant only for hikers/bikers traveling through on foot/ bicycle without vehicle support.
7. Dispersed Camping: While not officially designated as such within this particular state park itself , there may be opportunities available in surrounding areas under certain conditions (always check local regulations).