Set between the ocean and the bay, Nehalem Bay Campground is situated on a 4 mile-long sand spit. The campground setting is in shore pines bordered by rolling dunes. Walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach building sand castles, flying a kite or relaxing to the sound of the ocean. A forested 1.8 mile long bike path provides a breathtaking view of the bay. You may see deer and elk grazing and a variety of birds. Kayaking, crabbing, fishing and clamming are popular activities.
Park features include a 2,400 foot airstrip that includes a fly-in camp. A hiker-biker camp offers sites for those -walking and riding bikes. Yurts are available as an alternative camping experience. Primitive horse campsites offer horse enthusiasts camping with several miles of trails and beach to explore.
Camping and other facilities:
-265 electrical sites with water
-18 yurts (nine pet friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
-Hot showers and flush toilets
-Horse camp with 17 primitive sites
-Airport camp with primitive fly-in sites
-RV dump station
[ PROS ]
We came during offseason (November) and camped at this State Park for 3 nights. Man, it was so amazing. It was super quiet and empty so we felt like we had the entire park to ourselves.
A family of deer visited us every single morning/night during our stay. We definitely didn't try to interact with them, but they were comfortable to roam right around our site which was a really magical experience
Nehalem Bay is such a beautiful area and the State Park is nestled in lots of beautiful, lush greenery. There are lots of birds, plants, and other wildlife to observe. We loved hearing coyotes yapping in evenings from the campground.
It's very peaceful and serene here. It's right by the beach and an easy walk to the coast. We also got to visit Manzanita for a little day trip and had lunch out there. Such a cute little coastal town worth checking out.
Free hot showers and really nice restrooms. I'm starting to realize that Oregon State Parks are SOOO much superior to California State Parks. The amenities at all the Oregon campgrounds I've visited are wonderful. We definitely got spoiled by camping in Oregon that it will be hard going back home to California
Very close to stores, restaurants, and gas stations if you need to pick up supplies.
[ CONS ]
- While it was a beautiful campground, the sites are rather small and close together. We obviously didn't experience this campground when it's crowded, but I can imagine how packed it would feel.
Yes it can be busy but we love it here. We mainly come weekdays & off season. The camp ground is clean and the beach is lovely. We like that you can walk into Manzanita or bike. It’s quite. On second thought, don’t come here😉
I camped one night here while on my bicycle tour along the Oregon coast. The hiker-biker area is pretty nice with one exception… the bathroom is really quite a long way away, especially important during the nighttime walk in the pouring rain… that’s the only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars. There are raised areas for you to put your tent which are filled with nice packed sand. There is an area with lockers for the biker- hiker campers to store their food and other items in. Also included is a bike repair stand - looked to be in good condition although I didn’t need to use it.
Love this camp ground just the perfect little spot to have a base camp and explore the Oregon coast! Spots are nice pretty private as far as distance but there could be more trees between. It’s the beach!
Nehalem State Park is located just south of Cannon Beach in the town of Manzanita. There beach lends some spectacular views of the coast. The beach is accessable from several short trails.
The campground has 265 campsites all of them include electrical and water hookups. There are also 18 yurts some with wheelchair ramps. There are also a number of walk-in and horse campsites. Each loop has a centralized bathroom/shower facility with hot water.
The only place to put garbage is located at the entrance of each loop which can be far hike. Campsites are a bit close together with no real privacy. Due to the location of the playground and bathrooms we had a steady stream of people cutting through ours and other neighbors campsites.
Great dune area. Always horses riding on the beach too. Super neat experience
Really cool spot super close to the beach, just walk over the dune. Great parks for the kids. Lots of biking areas. Close to crabbing spots.
There is not a lot of privacy, as the spots are close together, but this is still one of our favorite places.
The yurts are great for months where weather is unsure.
You are located close to town and good grocery/coffee shops/bakeries.
And the beach access is super close.
I stayed here, arriving just after 9pm and ran in to the state park tripped on my way in. She was super kind and gave me directions around the park
The park has full washrooms which worked great as I was sleeping in my truck.
It also had a great playground for kids to play on.
The beach is the most peaceful thing I’ve ever seen at 6 am. It’s like you are the only soul that exist.
Was absolutely beautiful the one night stay.
This campground has it all! Including playgrounds for the kids, beach access, group reservations, and quiet nights to enjoy the stars.
If you are a car camper then this is the place to be. Have little ones? This is perfect as campsites give clear views of play area and walk to beach perfect for excursions.