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2020 Sampling Window

As state parks have reopened to public use, the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) has resumed monitoring Oregon beaches for harmful bacteria in the north, mid and south coast. The OBMP will continue this monitoring schedule through the beach use season unless actions by state and local authorities restrict public beach access.  

The status of monitored beaches is based on beach water quality monitoring that typically occurs from mid-May to mid-September. Although there may be similar issues occurring at other beaches, advisories are only issued for beaches that are actively being monitored within this sampling window. Limited resources make it difficult to get to all beach locations in any given year, or to monitor for an entire 12 months.

This monitoring data is used for recreational swimming and bathing purposes only. Read about shellfish harvesting below if you plan to harvest shellfish.

sign for issued advisory

When are advisories issued?
When test results indicate that marine water bacteria levels are at or above the beach action value (BAV) of 130 MPN, an advisory will be issued.

Look for this posted sign.


sign for beach monitoring, no advisory

When are advisories lifted?
When marine water test results indicate that bacteria levels are below the BAV (130 MPN), the advisory will be lifted.

Look for this posted sign.

Beach Advisories

If there are current beach advisories, they will be listed below.

Check Conditions for:

Beach Monitoring Conditions

KEY
OPRD 
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department - State Park
OPEN
Swimming and bathing permitted.
ADVISORY
Swimming and bathing not recommended at this time.
SEWAGE
Sewage spill or major pollution event occurred. No swimming or water contact activities.
NO MONITORING Beach is not currently monitored. The 2020 sampling window is from May 27 to September 29, 2020. Swimming and bathing permitted at your own risk. 

North Coast Beaches

North Coast Oregon Beaches Map   County Beach

Status

 ClatsopSeaside Beach OPEN
OPRD State Park ClatsopIndian Beach NO MONITORING
 ClatsopCannon Beach OPEN
OPRD State Park ClatsopTolovana Beach  OPEN
OPRD State Park ClatsopHug Point NO MONITORING
OPRD State Park TillamookShort Sand (Oswald West)  OPEN
 TillamookRockaway Beach  OPEN
 TillamookTwin Rocks  OPEN
OPRD State Park TillamookOceanside NO MONITORING
OPRD State Park TillamookCape Kiwanda NO MONITORING
 TillamookNeskowin OPEN

Mid Coast Beaches

Mid Coast Beaches Map   County Beach Status
OPRD State Park LincolnD River OPEN
OPRD State Park LincolnOtter Rock NO MONITORING
OPRD State Park LincolnBeverly Beach OPEN
OPRD State Park LincolnAgate Beach  OPEN
 LincolnNye Beach OPEN
 LincolnAlsea River Bridge  NO MONITORING
OPRD State Park LincolnSeal Rock OPEN
 LaneHeceta Beach OPEN

South Coast Beaches

South Coast Oregon Beaches Map   County
Beach Status
OPRD State Park DouglasUmpqua Beach NO MONITORING
OPRD State Park CoosBastendorff Beach OPEN
OPRD State Park CoosSunset Bay ADVISORY
OPRD State Park CoosBandon Beach NO MONITORING
OPRD State Park CurryBattle Rock NO MONITORING
 CurryHubbard Creek Beach OPEN
OPRD State Park CurryHarris Beach OPEN
 CurryMill Beach OPEN
 CurrySporthaven NO MONITORING
OPRD State Park CurryCrissey Field NO MONITORING

Advisory Signage: What to Look For

When are advisories issued?

When test results indicate that bacteria levels are ator above the BAV (130 MPN), an advisory will be issued.

Beach Advisory sign 

 

When are advisories lifted?

When test results indicate that bacteria levels are below the BAV (130 MPN), the advisory will be lifted.

Beach monitoring sign

Shellfish Harvesting

shellfish

Shellfish - including clams, mussels, oysters, scallops and crab - can sometimes become contaminated with toxins that can make you sick. Always check the status of a beach where you plan to harvest shellfish.

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