Nehalem Bay State Park

We’re back on the Oregon coast for another week. I booked this spot in January, and picked it because Nina from Wheelingit mentioned on her blog that site C33 has a trail behind it leading to the beach. (Thanks Nina!)

I think Nehalem is really popular due to it’s proximity to Portland and Washington, so this past weekend was really nuts here. Fortunately, it’s Monday and while it’s still busy, it’s a bit more peaceful.

Dinner Last Night:
Easy Summer Gazpacho. This was pretty good and it sure was easy! Good for days when it’s too hot to cook.

2014 Cost of Camping:
76 night paid camping – thru Saturday 6/28
101 nights free camping
177 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $2270
Daily average cost of camping: $12.82

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  • Reply Wheelingit June 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Yeah! You got a sweet spot there. Love that town and beach. Such a gorgeous place.


  • Reply Matthew June 23, 2014 at 11:23 am

    So…when does Brian cook?

    • Reply Leigh June 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Ha! He doesn’t cook. We had a really tough time when I had mono!

  • Reply Matthew June 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    All the things he does/can do and cookin’ ain’t one of ’em. I’m gobsmacked, I am.

    • Reply Leigh June 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      He does dishes and gives back-rubs on demand, I’m not complaining!

    • Reply Brian June 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      I make all the cocktails… that’s cooking isn’t it?

  • Reply natinstl June 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    We booked a spot there in mid-August. We basically had to go with the dates that were open. It look beautiful, but with that many spots being full I am a little worried that it’s not going to be a really peaceful spot.

    • Reply Leigh June 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Natinstl, this definitely isn’t the most peaceful campground. As I type I can hear the details of a conversation a few sites over and a child crying. It really depends on who your neighbors are, there isn’t a lot of space between sites here.

  • Reply Lois June 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I love Nehalam Bay. You’re right – it’s close to the Portland Metro area and gets a lot of “traffic” as a result, and it’s also the start of the summer season with schools just letting out within the last week or two, and it’s been sunny and relatively dry, which is kinda unusual here. I was a couple hours south of you last week at Beverly Beach and while the campground was crowded, people were relatively peaceful and quiet. Your spot at Nehalem looks amazing – great pick!

  • Reply terrie June 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    “thank God for Gov. Oswald West who saved that coast for me”…..line from Ray’s tune, “Oregon, Oh, Oregon”….I think Gov. West set aside 400 sq miles of Oregon coast for the public….a man after my heart!!!!

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