Many Oregon Beaches Open – Newport Holding Back For Now

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Oregon Coastline from Devil's Punchbowl. Photo by Kirt Edblom via Flickr CC2.

Many beaches along the Oregon coast have now reopened to public use with social distancing guidelines in place, but because of a recent resurgence in Covid-19 cases in Newport, Newport is holding off on reopening some county parks for now.


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Some Areas Remain Closed Due To New Cases Of Covid-19

Over the weekend there were more than 100 new cases of Covid-19 at a fish processing facility in the Newport area.  Because of this, it was decided not to open two county campgrounds on June 9th as had previously been the plan.  Moonshine Park, Jack Morgan Park, and Elk City Park near Newport Oregon will remain closed until further notice.  Some Newport restaurants have also closed again for a few days.


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What Oregon Coast Campgrounds Are Currently Open?

Limited camping has opened up for now at the following parks along the Oregon Coast:

Near Newport:

  • South Beach State Park
  • Beverly Beach State Park

Northern Oregon Coast:

  • Cape Lookout State Park
  • Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
  • Fort Stevens State Park

Southern Oregon Coast:

  • Sunset Bay State Park
  • William M. Tugman State Park
  • Humbug Mountain State Park
  • Bullards Beach State Park
  • Harris Beach State Park

It should be noted these parks require a reservation for camping.  There are currently no walk-in or first-come-first-serve camping.


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Oregon State Parks Are Currently Operating With Very Limited Funding

Please be patient with Oregon State Parks staff as things begin to open again as they are operating with limited funds due to Covid-19.  Be prepared for limited facilities such as restrooms and know that at some parks these facilities will not be open at all.  Be prepared and take your own toilet paper, hand soap, sanitizer, and potable water.  Please come with all the food you need.

If you’d like to know more about which state parks are open, check the list here which has up to date notices.

Always check first to be sure that the destination you want to visit is open and check to see what restrictions are in place.