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Seasonal Beach Restrictions Oregon Coast Plover Management Areas

Oregon’s beaches are protected nesting grounds for a small shorebird called the western snowy plover. During nesting season (March 15 – Sep. 15), some recreation activities may be restricted or prohibited in designated plover management areas:
• No dogs (even on a leash), vehicles, bikes, kites or drones on these beaches – including the entire dune area and the wet sand, which can be far from signs.

• No camping or beach fires.

• If you are walking or riding your horse, stay on the wet sand.

• Please plan an alternate route to the beach rather than walk through the areas being groomed to attract plovers or where plovers may already be nesting. The north coast and south coast maps can help you plan your trip.
Thanks in part to your diligence in respecting these restrictions, plover populations are rebounding! Learn more here.

Visiting with your dog: Dogs are still welcome at most times and places on Oregon’s beaches. More information is at bit.ly/pawsitiveORparks, or pick up the North Coast and South Coast “Places to Play with your Dog” brochures.

Watch for signs indicating you are in a plover management area. Note that restrictions apply to the entire dune and beach area, even though signs may be high in the dry sand. That’s so they don’t wash away at high tide.