Nehalem Bay State Park

Nehalem, Oregon



34600 Gary St
Nehalem, Oregon 97131
Phone: 503-368-5154

Sites: 298
Recent Rate: $31 11/2016

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Latitude: 45.70948
Longitude: -123.936526
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip yes
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,T-Mobile
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

50 Reviews

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Big park just this side of dunes, with not a long walk. No one insight in my loops. Some folks say crowd, and I believe that during peak season. Site are level. No cell, but on beach you could. Park is huge, great beach, I saw a boat launch area, has a horse camping area. Good trails, but go for the beach. Walk, unwind, build a campfire, drink some wine. The advantages of late October I had the biggest campsite ever. Two loops to me, all me for 3 days. Oh for sure coming back someday. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B 13
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

I never stopped in town, but looked nice. Go off season.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We followed a bad storm in, and in mid October, you get the place pretty much to yourselves. Hosts said they rode out the storm and it was pretty frightening (tornado hit about a mile away). Sites are wide, paved and full of pretty mushrooms. Showers were hot and free. Walk to beach over dunes. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A21
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Dislaimer: I'm biased because we were camp hosts at Nehalem Bay State Park in October 2016. We have hosted there for three years and plan to return in 2017.

The long awaited upgrade to 50A service on the ABC loops has been completed. DEF loops are still 30A.

We have no trouble getting good AT&T cell phone and data service. We also had some OTA TV reception including two PBS channels.

All sites are backin. Sites on the inside of loops are more suited to rigs under 30'. Sites on the outside of the loops are longer and angled for easier bigger rig access.

Trees need trimming in many sites and on a few of the loop roads. The rangers have that on their winter work plan.

We ran into the elk herd a couple of times walking the bay trail. Deer are everywhere. Raccons are a problem: do not leave trash outside. Dogs can be off leash on the beach and they love it. Showers are good everywhere and the new ones in F loop are especially nice. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A2
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Seafood at the Fish Peddler on the wharf in Bay City. Seniors get 20% discount on Tuesday. Great chowder.

New: Handy Creek Bakery and Cafe in Wheeler for breakfast.

Neumann's 988 in Cannon Beach for dinner. (expensive)

Maritime Museum in Astoria is easily worth 3-4 hours

Museum in Garibaldi surprisingly interesting

Seaside; shops and Lewis & Clark sites

Nehalem hardware has decent RV section and good people

Nehalem Animal Healing Center is outstanding

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

A huge, very crowded Oregon state park. Tons of people, tons of screaming kids, and very smokey from the nightly fires. We did not find it relaxing at all, but we were there the week before Labor Day, maybe other times are quieter. We stayed in two different sites during our stay and both required bringing the pruning shears out to prune close branches so we could get our slides out. Roads are narrow with low and close tree branches. The beautiful beach is hard to beat though...over two miles long, and very dog friendly. In a very pretty area of Oregon with some neat small towns near. No Sattelite or OTA from our site, but other areas seemed to pick up OTA based on the number of antennas up. Slow Verizon service. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A29
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 250
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

A big state park with lots of sites. All sites have water and electric hookups. Dump station on the way in/out. Sites are paved and level. The downside is the lack of privacy since the sites are close together and nothing between them. Our hunt for a beach site turned out to be pointless because all sites are behind the dunes. A short walk through brings you to the beautiful and seemingly endless beach. It was very quiet at night. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my truck camper
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

For those weekends, that I just want to get away from Portland, this is great retreat. It is closed to Cannon Beach, Nehalem Bay and Wheeler. We have great fun playing with the dogs and Kayaking in the bay. Cell service is great, we are able to stream movies via our cell service plus use our TV antenna. It is a large campground and can get crowded during the summer. In the off season, we barley see folks walking down the road. Deer and bunnies wander around the campground. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D44
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Beach access, horseback riding, biking (lots of bike pathes)

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is another example of a great Oregon State Park. The sites are large with plenty of privacy, the facilities are clean, the paths are well maintained, and the location is spectacular. Dump station on the way in.

The campground is set on a large spit away from the highway and on a long sandy beach. There are many walking and bike trails, and even horse rentals and trails.

This is a very nice stop on highway 101. The nearby towns are cute with plenty of good restaurants and shops. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B24
Site Surface
Asphalt, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

It's quite a ways back to town, so provision before you arrive!

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved this park! It accommodated our 40 ft motorhome with tow without a problem. Mature pines offer some shade and make the camp attractive. Paved roads and sites with grass for picnic table and fire ring. You have to walk up a big dune to get to the beach, which is wide and lovely with mountains in the views to the sides. Our little dog loved running on the beach. A two-mile paved trail for bikes or walking is beautiful and takes you by a lake. Wish we could have stayed longer. Only drawback: no sewer. We got wifi via a hotspot but there's no over-the-air TV or campground wifi. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
46A
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We spent a fun afternoon in nearby small town of Manzanita. Little shops and restaurants.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

It's an attractive state park. Sites are a bit close. Shore pines separate sites, but the trees are not thick privacy screens. All sites looked level. There are no ocean view or ocean front sites. There are sand dunes between the campground and beach. It's a fairly short, easy walk over the dunes to get to the beach. There are other trails that lead to the bay side of the park, which provides scenic views. Showers were basic but clean and had hot water. I appreciated the long wooden bench in the shower instead of the small wooden stool some of the Oregon state parks have. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
F13
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We visit this park every year in June for a camping trip with friends. We stayed in yards before, but this was our first time in an RV.

It's a great, safe place for kids, and many of them ride bikes and play in the park campground. The park is just a short walk to the beach over the sand dunes. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
A54
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a short drive north up to Shorts Sands Beach near Oswald State Park. The beach is in a cove and is protected from wind. There are some beautiful tidepools in the park and you can get up close with anenome and different sea life. You'll need to take a 10 minute hike to the beach on a mostly paved path.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Nehalem State Park was very nice. The sites are well arranged with a great deal of shade. The park is very clean and Entrance and Exit to the park is very easy. Street signs are well placed and make it very easy to find the park. Accessibility to the beach is good just a short walk over the hill. The beach is very nice. Our stay was very pleasant. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
A-18
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

I want to clear up the confusion about what is happening at one of the best state parks in Oregon, because ORPD isn't explaining it very well on their website.

Loops A, D and E are reservable online or via phone. That does NOT mean you have to have a reservation. It DOES mean that you have to contact the rangers or the camp hosts before setting up on a particular site, especially on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. If you just grab a site you will likely have to unhook and relocate when the folks with the prepaid reservation arrive at 10 pm to set up next to their friends.

Loops B and C closed and under construction to install 50 amp power and new water connections. These loops will reopen roughly next spring.

Loop F is first come, first served. If the site isn't occupied when you arrive, you can move in. If you don't have a reservation, go there first. That's where the new showers are, so Loop F may be the best loop anyway. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A2
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Manzanita, Wheeler, Cannon Beach and Nehalem all have interesting shops.

El Trio Loco Mexican restaurant in Manzanita is really good.

The Bistro in Cannon Beach is outstanding.

Maybe the best fish n' chips and chowder is at the Fish Peddler in the Pacific Oyster building on the pier in Bay City.

The Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria is really worth the drive.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

The rangers and host are very friendly and helpful. Reserve America even has a picture of your site in the search. The dog friendly beach is right over the dune. There are horse corrals in one area. The beaches are spectacular as much of the northern Oregon Coast. Most sites have electric and water. No cable but I was supprised how well the air antenna worked. There is a dump station we used on way in and 5 days later on way out. We will return. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
E40
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

BEACH, BEACH and Scenic BEACHES. All the water and fishing sports. We will return

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Price includes a one time online reservation fee of $8. Of the five Oregon state park campgrounds we stayed at, this was our least favorite. That being said, this is still a wonderful campground. It is more open than the other coastal state parks and was very crowded the weekend we were there. The restrooms and showers were immaculate as was the rest of the campground. The sites are fairly level and blacktopped so leveling your rig is easy. There are full hookup sites with 50 amp service available, however there were none available that were long enough for us, so we had 30 amp service and no sewer, which was not a problem. There is no cable or Wi-Fi, but we had good reception with our antenna and a good signal for both data and voice with Verizon. There is no dog run, however there is a paved track that goes around the park and airstrip that is about two miles long that is very good for walking your pet. You can definitely hear the ocean from your campsite. We were in a site furthest away from the beach and could still hear it. Noise doesn't bother us, however if road noise bothers you, it might be a good idea to get a site further away from the beach. We were here for three nights and would stay here again. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C16
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Oregon State coastal parks are generally well laid out, large, clean with good access to the beach. This one is no exception. All site have 30 amp power, water, and parking is paved and level. There is ample room for tents and some extra parking in each loop. The showers need to be updated/repaired but they are acceptable as is. Access to the beach is well marked and an easy walk over fairly low dunes. The trail is also well marked from the beach side so retuning is also easy. We like the location within easy driving time to Canon Beach to the north and Tillimook to the south. We camped at Nehalem Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F loop
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

In Tillamook visit the two cheese factories - Tillimook Cheese and Blue Heron french cheese. Tillamook also has a Fred Meyer (food and everything else), a Safeway, and a well stocked Ace Hardware. to the north plan to stop at Hug Point at low tide and a visit to Canon Beach (for shopping and good food) is always fun. There are lots of places to pull over and try to capture that perfect picture or just enjoy natures beauty at it finest.

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