Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site
|Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site|
Beach at Oceanside, Oregon
|Location||Tillamook County, Oregon|
|Area||7.3 acres (3.0 ha)|
|Operated by||Oregon Parks and Recreation Department|
|Status||Day use, open year-round|
Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon. Administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the park is open to the public and is fee-free. Amenities at the site, in the unincorporated community of Oceanside, include picnicking, wildlife watching, fishing, windsurfing, and kite flying. Beachcombing is popular in summer, and agate hunting is best in winter, when ocean currents remove sand. Oceanside is about 11 miles (18 km) west of Tillamook off U.S. Route 101.
The 7.3-acre (3.0 ha) site lies between the Pacific Ocean to the west and homes on a steep slope to the east. Cape Meares is to the north and Netarts Bay and Cape Lookout are to the south. About 0.5 miles (0.8 km) offshore is Three Arch Rocks, part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It supports breeding colonies of tufted puffins and common murres as well as pigeon guillemots, storm-petrels, cormorants, and other birds. The refuge is also a breeding site for Steller sea lions.
- "Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
- "Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
- Bannan, Jan (2002). Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide (2nd ed.). Seattle: Mountaineers Books. pp. 96–97. ISBN 0-89886-794-0.