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Western Snowy Plover

Seasonal Beach Restrictions

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.

plover management areas map

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South Coast Plover Map

North Coast Plover Map

Frequenty Asked Questions

Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

2018 HCP Compliance Report

Oregon Coast Trail Maps

Ocean Shore Rules


Laurel Hillmann
Ocean Shore Specialist

Vanessa Blackstone
Wildlife Biologist

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