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Nehalem Bay State Park

Nehalem Bay State Park is located on a 4-mile sand spit. The campground sits among shore pines and is just a sand dune away from the beach. Two day-use areas offer access to the bay or the ocean and have restrooms and picnic areas with fire rings. Bayside day-use includes a boat ramp.


  • Additional camping opportunities such as new cabins and tent sites.
  • Upgrade existing utilities and add restrooms/shower buildings.
  • Renovate the boat ramp parking lot and add a new overflow parking area at the ramp to support the high demand for fishing, crabbing and recreational boating.
  • Relocate the RV dump station.
  • Add seasonal staff housing to provide affordable accommodations.

Visitor impacts

Use will be limited in areas where improvements are planned; however, the improvements will be phased to reduce the number of areas affected at any one time. Major work will be completed during the off-season when possible.


  • Schematic design completed for seasonal staff housing
  • Final wetland delineation report
  • Cultural resources survey

Next steps

  • Final cultural resources report.
  • Seasonal staff housing permitting and construction.
  • Schematic design for remaining project areas.

The current general bond obligation is $10-12 million.

Last updated February 2023. Additional updates as information becomes available.

General Obligation Bonds Overview

The 2021 Oregon Legislature passed SB 5506 that approved general obligation bonds to revitalize parks and campgrounds. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved a preliminary list of projects in November 2021.

The project at Nehalem Bay State Park was one of the projects approved to receive funds from bond sales.

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