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Nehalem Bay State Park
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Kayaking in Nehalem Bay on the North Coast
Copyright: Zander Higbie-Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Kayaking in Nehalem Bay on the North Coast
Description - Imagine waking up to the song of the seagull, spending your afternoon on a kayak trip around Nehalem Bay, then taking a short walk over the dunes to the beach. There you'll sit with a blanket and watch the sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain. Finally, snuggle down for the night while the ocean waves sing you a lullaby. This is Nehalem Bay State Park.

Attractions - Crabbing and fishing on Nehalem Bay are popular. For a breathtaking view of the bay, fitness and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the 1.75 mile bike trail that circles the park airplane landing strip. Along this route and in the campground itself, you're likely to see deer grazing, a herd of elk, or a coyote crossing the road. The park is also graced with a variety of birds. Fine dining and local boutiques in the neighboring communities of Manzanita and Nehalem offer a change of scenery from the park setting. Afternoon or moonlit walks on the beach and down to the end of the jetty enhance the serenity of this park.

Vital stats: The campground provides 284 electrical sites (maximum site 60 feet). The park also offer 16 yurts for overnight stays, a horse camp (17 sites with corrals) and a hiker/biker camp. The park also offers a fly-in camp adjacent to an airstrip.

Recreation - Nehalem Bay State Park offers opportunities for camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, boating and playgrounds.

Climate - The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.

Location - Nehalem Bay is located on the North Coast, off U.S. Highway 101, 3 miles south of Manzanita Junction.


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Filed By: Kris (Nanaimo, BC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Nehalem Bay State Park is the best that I have ever been to. It is clean and pleasant and I love the fact that there are real toilets (not outhouses) and warm showers. It has a feeling of opennes, yet you have ample privacy. It's a bit of a trek to get to the beach, but boy is it worth it. The sunsets are spectacular and if you're up to it, so are the sunrises. There is lots to do nearby. You can walk along the beach to Manzanita and then stroll through the unique gift shops or grab a coffee. Nehalem, the town is a blink-or-you'll-miss-it kind of place but it's full of antiques and novelties. As you can tell I highly recommend that anyone go there as soon as they can. You won't be disappointed.


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Contact Information:
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 1115 Commercial Street NE , Salem, OR, 97301-1002, Phone: 800-551-6949

Additional Information:
North Coast - The North Coast stretches from the Washington border south to Tillamook Bay. This beautiful stretch of coastline is easily accessible from the Portland area.
Oregon State Parks - Oregon's State Parks offer beautiful settings for outdoor recreation activities including camping, yurt or cabin stays, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing boating, wildlife viewing and much more.

Links:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com
Nehalem Bay State Park - Official agency website.

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