Author Archives: the Oregon State Parks Team

Four temporary park closures — upgrades and road work

Harris Beach State Park

The Harris Beach State Park campground will close temporarily for road repairs.

Summer camping is winding down, so fall and winter is the time for campground improvements and road work. Check our advisory page for updates and weather-related closures during the coming months. The closure dates listed below are subject to change.

Cape Arago State Park
Through Sept. 20, 2014

The park is closed during road paving on the Cape Arago Highway from Simpson Reef Wildlife Lookout Point south to the end of the highway. The entire road is closed and signs are in place to alert motorists and bicyclists. Long vehicles must turn around at the entrance to Shore Acres State Park, one mile north of Simpson Reef.

Harris Beach State Park campground
Oct. 12-Nov. 20, 2014

The campground will be closed while the access road is paved and a culvert is replaced. The day-use area remains open, except for a 1-2 day closure (to be determined) for repairs to the road.

Nehalem Bay State Park campground

Electrical upgrades and maintenance repairs will close sections of the campground in the coming months. The day-use area will stay open.

Oct. 1, 2014-May 21, 2015
Yurts A7, 5, 3, 1, 59, 57, 55, 53, 51, 48 closed. Reopens May 21, 2015, to reservations.

Dec. 1, 2014-May 21, 2015
Loops A, B and C closed. Reopens May 21, 2015, to reservations.

Dec. 1, 2014-Jan. 31, 2015
Loops D, E and F, including the horse camp, closed. Reopens Feb. 1, 2015, first-come, first-served. Available for reservations May 21, 2015.

Entire campground open to reservations May 21-Sept. 8, 2015.

Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site
Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Although the dates are tentative, work will include building upgrades, a restroom renovation and new fire suppression equipment.

Relax at the beach this fall


Whether blustery and rainy or calm and sunny, the Oregon Coast is stunning. But there’s something about the coast during late summer and early fall. Perfect weather and open expanses of beach to stroll or spread your blanket and relax.

If you need an excuse to visit, volunteer for the fall SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join your neighbors to pick up litter on the beach and celebrate the 30th anniversary of an Oregon tradition. Register now for a site near you.

Need more enticement? Read the post on Beverly Beach State Park by blogger Just Another Nature Enthusiast. She camped in the park in June and her description of the park and photos are spot-on.

Grant’s Getaways — Sumpter Valley Railroad

Sumpter Valley Railroad

Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area (park information and map to park)