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 Complete OPRD Regulations for Vehicles on the Beach
Editor's Note: The following regulations have been adapted from the Oregon Revised Statutes Archives Division 24 as of October 15, 2007. In particular, we add standard GPS coordinates and the respective CoastWatch Mile numbers for your reference. Otherwise, most of the legalese remains. The current complete Vehicle Regulations are always available HERE.
To see the vehicle regulations for just your specific CW Mile, find your Mile on the Tour of the Miles and click its description.

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT - DIVISION 24 - VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT RESTRICTIONS ON OCEAN SHORE

Clatsop County


736-024-0005 - Restrictions
(1) There shall be no landing of any aircraft on the ocean shore in Clatsop County, except for an emergency.
(2) Except for an emergency or as provided in section (3) of this rule, there shall be no travel by motor vehicles on the ocean shore in Clatsop County in the areas and during the periods of time hereinafter designated. The areas where motor vehicle travel is allowed, the periods of time for such use, and the areas on the ocean shore where travel by motor vehicles are prohibited, are further described as follows:
(a) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited on the ocean shore between the hours of 12:01 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, from May 1 through September 15, from the south jetty of the Columbia River (46° 13.5216', Mile 340), southerly to the Peter Iredale Road (46° 10.6950', Mile 336);
(b) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time between the Peter Iredale Road (46° 10.6950', Mile 336), southerly to the beach ramp at Gearhart (46° 01.8570', Mile 326);
(c) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited between the beach ramp at Gearhart (46° 01.8570', Mile 326), southerly to the Clatsop County-Tillamook County line (45° 46.9902', Mile 306), except as follows: Operation or parking of motor vehicles used for and engaged in towing dory boat trailers or essential dory boat launchings from Sunset Drive (45° 53.2830', Mile 313) in Cannon Beach southerly to Warren Way (45° 52.3566', Mile 312) with access from Warren Way only.
(3) The Director of State Parks, or the authorized representative may issue special permits for motor vehicles to travel on the ocean shore within the areas or at times where such travel is otherwise prohibited by this resolution. No charge for such permits will be made. Any special permit or permit identification card shall be in the immediate possession of the operator of the vehicle at all times when driving on that portion of the ocean shore otherwise closed to travel by motor vehicles. The operator shall display the same upon the demand of any peace officer.
(4) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs and markers designating the above areas on the ocean shore of Clatsop County, with reference to the Oregon coordinate survey system, as areas where travel by motor vehicles are prohibited, areas where travel by motor vehicles are partially restricted, and areas where travel by motor vehicles are allowed, except as follows: No dory boat launching and landing area signs will be posted on the beach at Cannon Beach.

736-024-0010 - Speed Limit
(1) There is hereby established a 15 MPH maximum speed limit within those areas of the ocean shore where motor vehicle travel is permitted. Said speed limitation shall extend from Ecola Creek to Arch Cape in Clatsop County, Oregon.
(2) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs or markers at the roadway entrances to the above-described ocean shore areas affected by this resolution and at such other locations deemed necessary to properly inform the public of the speed restrictions. The said signs shall set forth the restriction as to the travel of motor vehicles as herein provided.

Tillamook County


736-024-0015 - Restrictions
(1) There shall be no landing of any aircraft on the ocean shore in Tillamook County, except for an emergency.
(2) Except for an emergency or as provided in section (3) of this rule, there shall be no travel by motor vehicles on the ocean shore in Tillamook County in the areas and during the periods of time hereinafter designated. The areas where motor vehicle travel is allowed, the periods of time for such use, and the areas on the ocean shore where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, are further described as follows:
(a) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Clatsop County-Tillamook County line (45° 46.9902', Mile 306), southerly to the south line of Oswald West State Park (45° 44.4000', Mile 301);
(b) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the south line of Oswald West State Park (45° 44.4000', Mile 301), southerly to the north boundary of Nehalem Bay State Park (45° 42.2196', Mile 299), except as follows:
(A) Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, October 1 through April 30;
(B) Motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings will be allowed any time during the year.
(c) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the north boundary of Nehalem Bay State Park (45° 42.2196', Mile 299), southerly to the south boundary of the Boy Scout property north of Sand Lake (45° 18.6444', Mile 268), except as follows: Motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings will be allowed any time during the year for a distance of 300 feet northwest from (45° 26.4036' 123° 57.2052', Mile 279), near Happy Camp;
(d) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from the south boundary of Boy Scout property north of Sand Lake (45° 18.6444', Mile 268) southerly to the Galloway Road beach access (45° 17.2704', Mile 266);
(e) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Galloway Road beach access (45° 17.2704', Mile 266) southerly to the mouth of Sand Lake (45° 16.6920', Mile 266);
(f) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from the mouth of Sand Lake (45° 16.6920', Mile 266) southerly to the base of the headland north of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.3248', Mile 262), except as follows: From the mouth of Sand Lake (45° 16.6920', Mile 266), southerly to the approximate north boundary of Cape Kiwanda State Park property (45° 14.7900', Mile 263), motor vehicle travel is prohibited May 1 through September 30 and from sunrise to sunset on legal holidays (as defined in ORS Chapter 187) and on Saturdays and Sundays between October 1 and April 30;
(g) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the base of the headland north of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.3248', Mile 262), southerly to a point north of the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda (45° 12.9684', Mile 261), except as follows:
(A) From the base of the headland south of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.0950', Mile 261), southerly approximately 400 feet to (45° 13.0632', Mile 261), motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings, boat recoveries, transferring equipment or supplies onto boats, unloading equipment or catches from boats, or emergency repairs of other vehicles or boats will be allowed at any time during the year;
(B) From (45° 13.0632', Mile 261), southerly approximately 700 feet to a line located north of and parallel to the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda, the point of intersection of said line and the line of vegetation being at (45° 12.9684', Mile 261), operation or parking of motor vehicles used for towing boat trailers or essential to boat launchings will be allowed.
(h) Motor vehicle travel and parking is allowed at any time from the line described in subsection (2)(g) of this rule, north of the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda, southerly approximately 1,300 feet to (45° 12.7638', Mile 261), except that in a corridor 100 feet in width, southerly of and contiguous to the line described in subsection (2)(e) of this rule, all parking is prohibited;
(i) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from (45° 12.7638', Mile 261) southerly to near Pacific Avenue at Pacific City (45° 12.1890', Mile 260);
(j) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from near Pacific Avenue at Pacific City (45° 12.1890', Mile 260), southerly to Porter Point (45° 09.5142', Mile 257);
(k) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Porter Point (45° 09.5142', Mile 257), southerly to the Tillamook County/Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247).
(3) The State Parks Director or the authorized representative may issue special permits for motor vehicles to travel on the ocean shore within the areas or at times where such travel is otherwise prohibited by this resolution. No charge for such permits will be made. Any special permit or permit identification card shall be in the immediate possession of the operator of the vehicle at all times when driving on that portion of the ocean shore otherwise closed to travel by motor vehicles. The operator shall display the same upon the demand of any peace officer.
(4) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs and markers designating the above areas on the ocean shore of Tillamook County, with reference to the Oregon coordinate survey system, as areas where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, areas where travel by motor vehicles is partially restricted, and areas where travel by motor vehicles is allowed, as herein provided.
736-024-0020 - Speed Limit
(1) There is hereby established a 15 MPH maximum speed limit within those areas of the ocean shore where motor vehicle travel is permitted pursuant to OAR 736-024-0015 within the city limits of Manzanita, in Tillamook County, Oregon.
(2) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs or markers at the roadway entrances to the above-described ocean shore areas affected by this resolution and at such other locations deemed necessary to properly inform the public of the speed restrictions. The said signs shall set forth the restriction as to the travel of motor vehicles as herein provided.

Lincoln County


736-024-0025 - Restrictions
(1) There shall be no landing of any aircraft on the ocean shore in Lincoln County, except for an emergency.
(2) Except for an emergency or as provided in section (3) of this rule, there shall be no travel by motor vehicles on the ocean shore in Lincoln County in the areas and during the periods of time hereinafter designated. The areas where motor vehicle travel is allowed, the periods of time for such use, and the areas on the ocean shore where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, are further described as follows:
(a) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Tillamook County-Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247), southerly to Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), except for the following locations within the corporate limits of Lincoln City:
(A) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 35th Court;
(B) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 15th Street.
(b) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), southerly to the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190).
(3) The Director of State Parks or the authorized representative may issue special permits for motor vehicles to travel on the ocean shore within the areas or at times where such travel is otherwise prohibited by this resolution. No charge for such permits will be made. Any special permit or permit identification card shall be in the immediate possession of the operator of the vehicle at all times when driving on that portion of the ocean shore otherwise closed to travel by motor vehicles. The operator shall display the same upon the demand of any peace officer.
(4) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs and markers designating the above areas on the ocean shore of Lincoln County, with reference to the Oregon coordinate survey system, as areas where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, areas where travel by motor vehicles is partially restricted, and areas where travel by motor vehicles is allowed, as herein provided.

Lane County


736-024-0030 - Restrictions
(1) There shall be no landing of any aircraft on the ocean shore in Lane County, except for an emergency.
(2) Except for an emergency or as provided in section (3) of this rule, there shall be no travel by motor vehicles on the ocean shore in Lane County in the areas and during the periods of time hereinafter designated. The areas where motor vehicle travel is allowed, the periods of time for such use, and the areas on the ocean shore where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, are further described as follows:
(a) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190), southerly to the Siuslaw River (44° 00.9720', Mile 170);
(b) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from May 1 through September 30 from the Siuslaw River (44° 00.9720', Mile 170), southerly to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area south parking lot (43° 57.5910', Mile 167) and from sunrise to sunset on legal holidays (as defined in ORS Chapter 187) and on Saturdays and Sundays between October 1 and April 30;
(c) Non-street legal vehicle travel is prohibited year around from the Siuslaw River (44° 00.9720', Mile 170), southerly to the south end of the South Jetty Road (43° 57.3846', Mile 166);
(d) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area south parking lot (43° 57.5910', Mile 167), southerly to approximately 1,500 feet north of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Siltcoos River, parking lot (43° 53.2410', Mile 161);
(e) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from approximately 1,500 feet north of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Siltcoos River, parking lot (43° 53.2410', Mile 161), southerly to the Lane County-Douglas County line(43° 51.8604', Mile 160).
(3) The Director of the State Parks and Recreation Department or the authorized representative may issue special permits for motor vehicles to travel on the ocean shore within the areas or at times where such travel is otherwise prohibited by this resolution. No charge for such permits will be made. Any special permit or permit identification card shall be in the immediate possession of the operator of the vehicle at all times when driving on that portion of the ocean shore otherwise closed to travel by motor vehicles. The operator shall display the same upon the demand of any peace officer.
(4) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs and markers designating the above areas on the ocean shore of Lane County, with reference to the Oregon coordinate survey system, as areas where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, areas where travel by motor vehicles is partially restricted, and areas where travel by motor vehicles is allowed, as herein provided.

Douglas County


736-024-0035 - Restrictions
(1) There shall be no landing of any aircraft on the ocean shore in Douglas County, except for an emergency.
(2) Except for an emergency or as provided in section (3) of this rule, there shall be no travel by motor vehicles on the ocean shore in Douglas County in the areas and during the periods of time hereinafter designated. The areas where motor vehicle travel is allowed, the periods of time for such use, and the areas on the ocean shore where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, are further described as follows:
(a) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Lane County-Douglas County line (43° 51.8604', Mile 160), southerly to approximately one mile south of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (43° 47.4330', Mile 155);
(b) Motor vehicle travel is allowed from approximately one mile south of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (43° 47.4330', Mile 155) to the Umpqua River, (43° 40.3404', Mile 146);
(c) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the south bank at the Umpqua River (43° 40.0818', Mile 146) southerly to the Douglas County-Coos County line (43° 36.7314', Mile 142).
(3) The Director of the State Parks and Recreation Department or the authorized representative may issue special permits for motor vehicles to travel on the ocean shore within the areas or at times where such travel is otherwise prohibited by this resolution. No charge for such permits will be made. Any special permit or permit identification card shall be in the immediate possession of the operator of the vehicle at all times when driving on that portion of the ocean shore otherwise closed to travel by motor vehicles. The operator shall display the same upon the demand of any peace officer.
(4) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs and markers designating the above areas on the ocean shore of Douglas County, with reference to the Oregon coordinate survey system as areas where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, areas where travel by motor vehicles is partially restricted, and areas where travel by motor vehicles is allowed, as herein provided.

Coos County


736-024-0040 - Restrictions
(1) There shall be no landing of any aircraft on the ocean shore in Coos County, except for an emergency.
(2) Except for an emergency or as provided in section (3) of this rule, there shall be no travel by motor vehicles on the ocean shore in Coos County in the areas and during the periods of time hereinafter designated. The areas where motor vehicle travel is allowed, the periods of time for such use, and the areas on the ocean shore where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, are further described as follows:
(a) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Douglas County-Coos County line (43° 36.7314', Mile 142), southerly to approximately one mile south of the Tenmile Creek estuary (43° 32.9232', Mile 137);
(b) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from approximately one mile south of the Tenmile Creek estuary (43° 32.9232', Mile 137), southerly to approximately 500 feet north of Horsfall Beach Access (43° 27.3384', Mile 131);
(c) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from May l through September 30 from approximately 500 feet north of Horsfall Beach Access (43° 27.3384', Mile 131) southerly to the Dunes NRA boundary (43° 26.2074', Mile 130);
(d) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from the Dunes NRA boundary (43° 26.2074', Mile 130), southerly to the south jetty at Coos Bay (43° 21.1158', Mile 123);
(e) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from south jetty at Coos Bay, (43° 21.1158', Mile 123) southerly to Fivemile Point (43° 13.2228', Mile 109), except as follows:
(A) Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the south jetty of Coos Bay (43° 21.0990', Mile 123), southerly to (43° 21.0036', 124° 20.4822', Mile 123);
(B) Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the north end of the Sunset Bay State Park (43° 20.0880', Mile 120) for the purpose of boat launching.
(f) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from Fivemile Point (43° 13.2228', Mile 109), southerly to the northerly beach access parking area at Bullards Beach State Park (43° 08.9484', Mile 104);
(g) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the northerly beach access parking area at Bullards Beach State Park (43° 08.9484', Mile 104), southerly to north of China Creek (43° 04.3938', Mile 98), except as follows: Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the south jetty of the Coquille River between (43° 07.3566', Mile 102) and (43° 07.3398', Mile 102);
(h) Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from north of China Creek (43° 04.3938', Mile 98) southerly to a point approximately one mile north of the mouth of Twomile Creek (43° 03.3288', Mile 97);
(i) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from a point approximately one mile north of the mouth of Twomile Creek (43° 03.3288', Mile 97) to the Coos County-Curry County line, (42° 57.2628', Mile 89).
(3) The Director of the State Parks and Recreation Department or the authorized representative may issue special permits for motor vehicles to travel on the ocean shore within the areas or at times where such travel is otherwise prohibited by this resolution. No charge for such permits will be made. Any special permit or permit identification card shall be in the immediate possession of the operator of the vehicle at all times when driving on that portion of the ocean shore otherwise closed to travel by motor vehicles. The operator shall display the same upon the demand of any peace officer.
(4) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs and markers designating the above areas on the ocean shore of Coos County, with reference to the Oregon coordinate survey system, as areas where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, areas where travel by motor vehicles is partially restricted, and areas where travel by motor vehicles is allowed, as herein provided.

Curry County


736-024-0045 - Restrictions
(1) There shall be no landing of any aircraft on the ocean shore in Curry County, except for an emergency.
(2) Except for an emergency or as provided in section (3) of this rule, there shall be no travel by motor vehicles on the ocean shore in Curry County in the areas and during the periods of time hereinafter designated. The areas where motor vehicle travel is allowed, the periods of time for such use, and the areas on the ocean shore where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, are further described as follows:
(a) Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Coos-Curry County line, (42° 57.2628', Mile 89), southerly to the north side of Blacklock Point (42° 52.8000', Mile 60);
(b) Motor vehicle is allowed from the south side of Blacklock Point (42° 52.2714', Mile 59), southerly to the mouth of the Sixes River (42° 51.3654', Mile 58);
(c) Motor vehicles are prohibited from the south shore of the Sixes River (42° 51.1548', Mile 57), southerly to the south side of Cape Blanco (42° 50.1132', Mile 56);
(d) Motor vehicles are allowed from the south side of Cape Blanco (42° 50.1132', Mile 56), south to Rocky Point (42° 43.3812', Mile 47);
(e) Motor vehicles are prohibited from Rocky Point (42° 43.3812', Mile 47) southerly to the north end of Arizona Beach (42° 37.1754', Mile 41);
(f) Motor vehicles are allowed on Arizona Beach from (42° 37.1754', Mile 41), southerly to the south end of Arizona Beach (42° 36.7056', Mile 41);
(g) Motor vehicles are prohibited from the south end of Arizona Beach (42° 36.7056', Mile 41), southerly to the Ophir Rest Area (Oregon State Highway Division) (42° 32.1948', Mile 36);
(h) Motor vehicles are allowed from the Ophir Rest Area (42° 32.1948', Mile 36) southerly to the Nesika Beach headland (42° 29.8284', Mile 34);
(i) Motor vehicles are prohibited from the Nesika Beach headland (42° 29.8284', Mile 34), southerly to (42° 27.5022', Mile 31), a point approximately one-third mile south of Otter Point;
(j) Motor vehicle travel is allowed from a point approximately one-third mile south of Otter Point, (42° 27.5022', Mile 31), southerly to the mouth of Myers Creek (42° 18.4422', Mile 23);
(k) Motor vehicles are prohibited from Meyers Creek (42° 18.4422', Mile 23), southerly to the Oregon-California border (41° 59.9208', Mile 1).
(3) The Director of State Parks or the authorized representative may issue special permits for motor vehicles to travel on the ocean shore within the areas or at times where such travel is otherwise prohibited by this rule. Permits may be issued to handicapped and elderly persons; for drift wood gathering and to ranchers, farmers and fishermen who have an occupational need to use vehicles on the beach. No charge for such permits will be made. Any special permit or permit identification card shall be in the immediate possession of the operator of the vehicle at all times when driving on that portion of the ocean shore otherwise closed to travel by motor vehicles. The operator shall display the same upon the demand of any peace officer.
(4) The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to erect conspicuous signs and markers designating the above areas on the ocean shore of Curry County, with reference to the Oregon coordinate survey system, as areas where travel by motor vehicles is prohibited, areas where travel by motor vehicles is partially restricted, and areas where travel by motor vehicles is allowed, as herein provided.