Camping on the North Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast Campgrounds

There are some wonderful choices for camping on the north Oregon coast. Children especially will enjoy these Oregon Coast campgrounds and so will their parents.

At the bottom of the page is a map so you can figure out where these campgrounds are.

Fort Stevens State Park

This is the largest state park in Oregon with over 500 sites and it also has history. It is open all year.

Ft. Stevens Gun Battery

Fort Stevens was a military fort from civil war times to the end of World War II. The fort guarded the mouth of the Columbia River during the American Civil War and during the uneasy times when there were border disputes with the British. During World War II it was the only military installation in the United States that was fired on by a foreign power. A Japanese submarine fired 17 shells at the fort, missing everything. No shots were fired back because the Fort Commander didn't want to give the fort's position away. The underground bunkers are still there and can be toured.

Beach at Fort Stevens

There are fresh water lakes for canoeing and swimming, beach access, hiking trails, wildlife viewing platforms, and biking paths. You can walk out on the South Jetty which is a popular place to fish. Historical re-enactments, take place throughout the year in the park. Boats are available for rent at one of the lakes.

Ft. Stevens Cabin

Fort Stevens has RV sites, tent sites, cabins, and yurts. Some sites including some yurts and cabins are handicapped accessible. In fact, this is a wonderful park for people with mobility problems.  Paths are paved and the area is flat so it is easier to get around.

The yurts are equipped with bunk beds, table and chairs, and a futon.  Sleeping in yurts is limited to five people but some sites have room for a tent along side the yurt. Maximum number of people per yurt site is eight.

The cabins are equipped with a microwave and a TV. There is no cable but you can play DVD's. All cooking other than in the microwave must be done outside and a propane barbeque is provided. Cabins have a bathroom with shower and can sleep five people.

Ft. Stevens Tent Site

There is a charge for extra vehicles and you cannot park a camper or RV at the yurt or cabin sites. Extra vehicles must be parked in parking lots which may be quite a distance from your site.

There is wood available for camp fires and it can be delivered right to your site. In fact you are requested to not bring your own wood into the park due to the insects that may be present in that wood. This prevents infestations and diseases of vegetation in the park.

Make reservations on line through Reserve America. See link at bottom of the page.

Astoria KOA Campground

This is a privately owned campground located in the same area as Fort Stevens. They have fully paved hookup sites and you can even have TV. They also have wooded tent sites and cabins. Amenities included a heated pool, tennis courts, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, bike rentals, snack shack, and grocery store. This park is a good choice for camping on the north Oregon coast if the weather is not so good.

Reservations can be made at 1-800-562-8506.

Oswald West State Park

Sadly this park is closed for camping due to falling trees but the day-use section is still open and it is a fantastic place to visit.

From this park you can get to the Cape Falcon overlook by a short walk through the forest or to the Short Sands beach nestled in a cove. The site is for tents only and all camping gear must be walked in from the parking. Wheelbarrows are provided. The Short Sands beach is popular with surfboarders. 

Nehalem Bay State Park

Nehalem Beach

This park is between the Pacific Ocean and Nehalem Bay so you can enjoy the ocean beaches and fishing and crabbing in the bay. This is the park for camping on the north Oregon coast with horses. Sites are available with horse corrals with a maximum of four horses per site. A new playground with lots of equipment to play on has recently been added to the park.

The yurts have lockable wood doors, wooden floors, electricity, heaters and beds with mattresses. All camp sites have paved parking, picnic tables and fire pits. There is easy beach access with trails across the sand dunes. It takes two to five minutes to get to the beach depending on where your site is located. A horse concession operates in the day visit area during the summer months.

Make reservations through Reserve America - link at bottom of page.

Cape Lookout State Park

This is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route and is located on a sand spit between the ocean and Netarts Bay. Besides beachcombing there are eight miles of walking trails. It has easy beach access. There are full hookups for RV's, tents and yurts. Three delux cabins are available with ocean view through the trees. These cabins sleep five and have a bathroom, table and chairs, refrigerator, microwave, gas barbeque grill, heat, and covered porch. You supply bedding, food, dishes.


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