2018 Jayco Jay Flight
2018 Jayco Jay Flight
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With the ocean on one side and the bay on the other, Nehalem Bay State Park boasts a stunning location that's perfect for outdoor recreation. Located less than a couple of hours northwest of Portland on the Oregon coast, the 895-acre park offers beautiful beaches, rolling sand dunes, and excellent kayaking and fishing.
It also boasts a 265-site campground with plenty of space for a wide range of motorhomes, making it the ideal destination to stay for a while in a rental RV.
But how should you spend your time while camping in Nehalem Bay State Park to make the most of the experiences on offer? Let's take a closer look.
Nehalem Bay State Park sits on a four-mile sand spit. On the western side, you have the Pacific Ocean, while the peaceful waters of Nehalem Bay on the Nehalem River lie to the east.
As you'd expect, much of the activity in the park happens either on or near the water. For many visitors, the highlight of a stay in the park is its unspoiled beaches. With the waves crashing onto the shore and the morning sunlight obscured by fog, it's a beautiful spot to do some beachcombing or just relax and enjoy the feeling of sand between your toes.
You might also want to build a sandcastle with the kids, spot some of the many species of birds that call this part of the coast home, or collect beautiful shells washed up on the sand. Surf fishing is another popular pastime here, so make sure to pack your fishing pole in the rental RV.
Other campers might prefer to take a boat out on Nehalem Bay. A boat launch can be found in the park's bayside day-use area, which is a popular spot for kayakers and keen anglers. The calm waters of the bay are perfect for paddling, while anglers can try their luck catching steelhead trout, salmon, sturgeon, and more.
It's also a great idea to bring your bicycle along when you camp at Nehalem Bay State Park. A two-mile bike path leads you in a loop around the park, winding through dense forest and also offering excellent bay views at a couple of spots along the way. Walkers are also welcome on this paved trail, so feel free to tackle it in whatever way (and at whatever pace) you like.
If you want to go RV camping at Nehalem Bay State Park, book an RV in Tillamook County and then reserve your campsite online. The park attracts more than 170,000 overnight visitors each year, so it's a good idea to book ahead to secure the site you want.
Set among beautiful shore pine just a short walk from the beach, the campground features 265 sites. All sites feature electrical and water hookups, and hot showers and flushing toilets are within easy reach. Three campsites are accessible to people with disabilities, while accessible restrooms can be found in camping loops A and F. However, the maximum site length for RV rentals varies between sites, so make sure the site you book is large enough to accommodate your rig.
A dump station is also provided, and the good news for dog lovers is that leashed pets are welcome in the campground. Even better, you can let your dog off-leash on the ocean shore, with the beach just over the dunes from the campground. However, you'll still need to keep your pet under control at all times. Dogs aren't allowed in the park's Snowy Plover Management Area from mid-March through mid-September.
Finally, if you're looking for other accommodation options, you might want to stay in one of the park's 18 yurts or 17 horse campsites. Or, for something truly different, you can make use of Nehalem Bay State Park's very own airstrip and stay the night at a primitive fly-in campsite.
When your RV camping adventure in Nehalem Bay State Park comes to an end, there are plenty of other nearby destinations and attractions that are well worth checking out.
For example, if you want to continue exploring some of Oregon's pristine natural scenery, Tillamook State Forest is just a short drive away. If you're on a family vacation, you might want to make the two-hour drive southeast to Salem and treat the kids to a day at the Enchanted Forest theme park.
Alternatively, you can be in Portland in less than two hours. While you're there, be sure to meet the endangered animals at Oregon Zoo and marvel at the beauty of the Portland Japanese Garden.
There's stacks to see, do, and enjoy in the Pacific Northwest, so rent a camper near Nehalem Bay State Park and start planning your perfect outdoor adventure.