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
They maximized every bit of land they had for this campsite. The spots are small, and boy do they enforce the 2 car limit per site. We had a 3rd car come join us after hours so there was nobody at the check in station when you drive in. Within 15 minutes of the car being there while we unload the gear, we were scolded for having a 3rd car (which easily fit within the driveway area mind you) and were told to move it immediately.
It’s a nice campground in a great location, but it left a lot to be desired for a tent camper. Seemed like a great spot for RV’s and big families though.
We've camped here for several years. This year, in the time of Covid and masks, I was impressed with their commitment to safety. We had a great time as always, and wore our masks whenever we left the campsite. Bonus points for ice that costs less than the grocery store sells it for.
We were at loop D. Just a few minutes walk to the beach. Great campsite
It’s the perfect place for ocean bean access. The water happened to be pretty rough when we went and very windy. We have really small kids so it was a bit stressful. We were on D Loop and the sites were really small, I would give 3.5 stars if half stars were an option. The green spaces between loops were fun for the kids to explore. Electrical and water were nice amenities.
We spent one day/night on a camping road trip and were very happy to find a campground so close to a beach. There are not many trees which means, for tent campers, no relief from the heat until well after sunset. The beach and sunset more than made up for the lack of shade and privacy. Even with most of the campers out on the beach to take in the sunset, you get a feeling of privacy. We were kept awake by some of the younger campers who were there to party on the beach but we didn't mind as we were all on vacation. The facilities were clean and, for a large, open campground, in good condition. If you are looking for a laid back beach camping site, this one fits the bill.
Nehalem Bay is beautiful, and it's just down the road from two jetties. My family and I went crabbing just a ways away from the state park, and it was a beautiful day and a lot of fun. Later we walked on the beach down to the park and had a bit of a hike. I'd love to go back sometime soon.
We stayed 7 nights in site # B37 we had water & electric & were one site off of the path to the beach. The park is big & was busy but not noisy. We did have some deer visit our site which is always a plus.
The walk to the beach was up a hill in the sand and was challenging carrying chairs & a cooler but well worth it. What a nice view at the top of the hill. beautiful driftwood which was nice to set behind when it was windy.
We kayaked from the boat ramp & went searching for clams which we got limit close to the park had a great day on the water went back to the camper & made clam chowder.
We also rented a little boat for $80.00 from Wheeler Marina and went crabbing for 3 hours. It came with 3 crab traps & bait for the traps. We drove the boat over close to the campground & dropped the traps in. Don't wait longer then 15 minutes to pull them up they had 30 to 40 crabs every pull. We got 8 Dungeness crab keepers which paid for the boat. They will cook them for you which is nice. What a great day. There is the Jetty fishery too which rent's boats & sells good fresh seafood we got clams there & cooked them on the grill.
There was a place to do laundry up the street so we broke down & did laundry. We were on a 3 month long trip.
You could have a bonfire on the beach, there was a group with Guitars, coolers, chairs & wood heading to the beach for a good time.
Our neighbors said it was their 10th year staying there they are from Washington State.
[ 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.