Each month we highlight an airstrip where the RAF has had involvement. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Nehalem Bay State Airport in Oregon.

Set between the ocean and a bay, Nehalem Bay State is located along the Oregon Coast just 86 miles west of Portland.  Situated on a four-mile-long sand spit within a state park, Nehalem Bay State is perhaps Oregon’s most scenic airport. The campground, set amongst a pine forest, borders rolling dunes along the beach.

Walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach. A forested 1.8 mile-long bike path provides a breathtaking view of the bay.  You may see deer and elk grazing, a coyote crossing the road and a variety of birds.  Kayaking, crabbing, fishing and clamming are popular activities.

There are six campsites with fire rings and tables adjacent to the tie-down area ($11 first come basis).  Pitching your tent under the airplane wing is also allowed (no charge), but be sure to bring your own tie-downs.  Hot showers and flush toilets are available in the park.

The town of Manzanita, offering a choice of lodging and dining alternatives, is a short 1.5 mile walk from the airport.

For more information, visit airfield.guide. Due to changing COVID-19 restrictions, check the status of the airport campground with the State Park office on (503) 368-5943.

Submitted on March 31, 2021

3 Comments

  1. Brian f Zderic on April 1, 2021 at 7:30 am

    This is a great spot, flew there last year and camped. They had removed the picnic tables because of covid 19 but still very nice. Beware of the elk, they do cross and hang out on the runway. We landed to the north which brings you over the bay on final which is always a fun approach.

  2. Brian Sparks on April 2, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Great place hope it’s open for active camping again soon.
    Town was hit by a rare water spout/tornado several years ago, and is fully recovered.
    If weather permits, nice string of coastal airports to visit, and air museum at Tillamook.

  3. Alan Cossitt on April 4, 2021 at 10:12 am

    The airport is open, but there are restrictions due to C19. When I last talked to them there was no access to a toilet. Call the Oregon Department of Aviation for info.

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