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

The campground is set amongst a sea of shore pine, and is 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.  Beach-combing produces special rewards – treasures that include agates, shells, and occasionally glass floats. 

A forested 1.8 mile long bike path provides a breathtaking view of the bay. You may see deer and elk grazing, a coyote crossing the road and a variety of birds. Kayaking, crabbing, fishing and clamming are popular activities.

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Nehalem Bay 2021 EVENT Information

Your volunteer On-site staff:

  • Event Manager—Connie Lively
  • Trips Coordinator—Steve Blackwood

What: A camping and kayaking trip on our own Oregon coast.  Socially distanced evening campfires and camaraderie.   For 2021, paddle trips will occur on Friday and Saturday, and possibly on Thursday and/or Sunday.

When: Thursday-Sunday, August 26-29, 2021

Trips: Level 1 through Level 3 trips on estuary flatwater and the ocean.  Level 1 trips may be limited due to the potential for wind.  Some trips may require driving and may include Tillamook Bay (20-mile drive).   All trip sign-ups will be done on-site.  Learn more about the Nehalem Watershed here:   http://www.tbnep.org/water_trail_guidebooks/nehalem.pdf

Clothing on the water: A wet suit or dry suit is recommended, but clothing requirements will follow the OOPS Cold Water Policy.  Wet exit certification is required, unless you participate in only Level 1 trips and you are not wearing a sprayskirt, as is compliance with all other OOPS safety policies. Bring layers and wind protection. Organizer will communicate requirements.

Meals and Gatherings:  Bring your own food, stove etc. We will likely not have potluck meals in 2021.  For those who are interested, we might bring our own food to a communal picnic. Registrants will receive more information from event staff. Please do not bring firewood.  Your event fee covers the cost of firewood that we will purchase locally.  Please plan to join us for group campfires!

Accommodations and Cost:  We have 10 sites Nehalem Bay State Park.  Walk to the ocean or the bay!  Bathrooms with free showers are steps away. See detailed campground information below.  

Parking:  If you stay outside the park, you will need to purchase a day pass at the entrance booth to launch from sites within the park.

Time from Portland or Salem: About 2-2.5 hours.

How to sign up or get more info: Go to the OOPS website Calendar and click on Nehalem Bay.

Camping Details:  We have reserved 10 sites in Loop B at Nehalem Bay State Park.  All have electricity, water, and are suitable for RV-hookup.  Check-in begins Thursday at 4 p.m.  Campsites will be shared. We have planned for approximately two-four people and 2 vehicles per site. 

What if you don’t know anybody to share a campsite with? This is your chance to meet some new paddle buddies! We are a friendly group! OOPS will assign the campsites based on your vehicle/equipment needs and the size of the campsites.  

Your event registration fee for camping is for the complete event. This includes three nights of camping and additional vehicle fees.  DO NOT pay the extra vehicle fee until you have visited your campsite or HQ (Site D30), and you are sure that you are the “extra” vehicle, not the first vehicle.  The Event Manager will pay for or refund any extra vehicle fees on site.

State Park firewood advice:  “Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground, or close to it. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference.”

General Information about the park - click here

https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=142#park-brochures

Map and brochure - click here

https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=main.loadFile&load=_siteFiles%2Fpublications%2F%2FNehalem_Bay_Map_B_W_2020%28web%29044308.pdf
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