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Lincoln County Ocean Shore Vehicle Restrictions(2023)

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Under OAR 736-024-0025 vehicles are allowed on the ocean shore within 150 feet of North 35th Court and North 15th Street in Lincoln City. OPRD is considering  a permanent closure of vehicle access at 35th Court, with the exception of emergency vehicles. In addition, OPRD is considering a change to access at 15th Street. Under proposed rules access would expand to within 300 feet of 15th Street but close from May 1 to September 30 and other times safety concerns warrant closure.

The section of ocean shore currently under consideration has two beach access points for vehicle traffic that are managed by Lincoln City. The city temporarily closed the NW 15th Street beach access to vehicle traffic and the parking lot at NW 34th Street through Sept. 5 to reduce safety incidents during busy summer months. No final decision has been made on the proposed rule change. OPRD and the City of Lincoln City will work together on a final decision.

For more information about beach access in Lincoln City, you can visit the city’s beach access webpage. Visitors with disabilities who need driving accommodations can apply for an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department ocean shore permit through an online application process.

Past Rule Advisory Committee Meeting

The committee met virtually Monday, May 1 at 12:00 p.m. to review and discuss proposed changes to program rules. The meetings was open to the public and can be viewed here. The meeting agenda included discussions on impacts of proposed changes to safety, recreational uses, and other community needs to align program operations. The committee also discussed any economic and fiscal impact of the proposed rules. Committee members, appointed by OPRD, include individuals from the city of Lincoln City,community members, and non-profit organizations

Public Comment Period (CLOSED)

Public comments were accepted from June 1st at 8:00 am until July 20th at 5:00 pm

A public hearing was held on July 18th @ 6:00 pm. Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Pl, Lincoln City, OR 97367

Comments Received

Beach driving comments received from June 1st through June 8th

Beach driving comments received from June 9th through June 15th

Beach driving comments received from June 16th through June 22nd

Beach driving comments received from June 23rd through June 29th

Beach driving comments received from June 29th through July 6th

Beach driving comments received from July 6th through July 13th

Beach driving comments received from July 13th through July 20th

Supporting documents

Proposed rule language

Public comment press release

Rule advisory committee press release

OPRD Commission request to open rulemaking

In person public hearing recording: July 18th 6:00 pm

Rulemaking Page


Katie Gauthier

Legislative Coordinator