Nehalem River

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Garlic Girl
Gales Creek, OR45 contributions
We had never been kayaking at this location before, but we are glad we tried it. We went early in the day, there was not a lot of wind. Not too crowded. It seemed to me that some pretty good wind could develop later in the day. Not a difficult paddle at all, looking forward to doing this one again.
Written July 21, 2022
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Beachgranny2014
Nehalem, OR57 contributions
Family
Lower part of the river is influenced by the tide: for an easier trip, head upstream with the incoming and float downstream with the outgoing. Paddle past estuaries, streams, towns, pastures, homes, bridges, rails and wilderness. Two directions to travel: South Fork or North Fork. Wonderful trip for bird watching. There are eagles and their nests along the way, keeping company with waterfowl, and shrubland and tree dwellers. If you are lucky, you'll see a friendly otter or a curious seal, or elk skinny-dipping at the river's edge. There are public docks in Wheeler and Nehalem, with restaurants near each. One of these days, I'd like to try to go up the S. Fork all the way to the falls. Probably need a wet suit and hiking boots, though.
Written February 24, 2014
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upacrk
Kingston, WA46 contributions
Couples
Found a deal on VRBO, didn't know what to expect. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. The cabin was very comfortable with a full kitchen, bedroom and loft, front deck with swing facing the river just feet away, and all the entertainment options including Wifi. What a perfect central point for exploring the coast. Manzanita and Cannon Beach to the north and Tillamook and Pacific City to the south. Fishing, crabbing and dynamite beaches everywhere and a nice home to come back to. Try Pelican Pub Brewery in Pacific City and drive on the beach. The mom and pop grocery in Manzanita is a must.
Written August 31, 2012
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robertsmunroe
Portland, OR1 contribution
Family
The Good: It's in a beautiful area, right on the river. There aren't too many campsites and it's fairly clean. They sell firewood at $5 per small bundle, just in case you don't bring your own. There are two primitive pit toilets that are maintained by the camp hosts. Garbage dumpster and recycling on site.
The Bad: The fees went up from $10 last year, to $15 a night this year, plus $5 for a second vehicle. There aren't many campsites, but they're pretty crammed together and you can hear people yelling and everyone's dogs barking. It feels like you're still in the city. The toilets smell really bad, and depending on which way the breeze is blowing, you might be smelling it the whole stay. The camp hosts were less than helpful.
Now, this was The Bad from my personal experience: The camp hosts were less than helpful because... A neighbor's son was walking their dog by, and got the attention of our dog, and he literally yanked his stake out of the ground and went after her dog. It was unfortunate and we felt really bad and apologized up and down. We wanted to smooth it over so her family and our family could enjoy what was left of the trip. But unfortunately, she couldn't let it go and the camp host just perpetuated her frustration. She spent so much time at the woman's campsite just listening to her rehash the situation over and over, and only got one side of what happened. She then insisted that we go apologize (again), and said that she was going to have to go around the camp and warn all of the other campers about our dog. We were literally the Campsite Villains, just because our dog wasn't secured well. It was a total accident, as he had never been able to pull it out before, and we promised not to let it happen again. As a matter of fact, after that point, we hardly had him out of the tent trailer, and he was supervised 100% of the time to prevent any more problems. Yet, the camp host still continued to spend even more time with that family the next day, and she and the woman continued to harass us about our dog. I think that almost all of the campers there had dogs, as they were barking almost non-stop, and ours just happened to be the one that got loose and went after someone's dog. I'm not saying it was okay, but dogs are unpredictable sometimes, and it wasn't worth ruining our family's vacation, her family's vacation and wasting the camp host's time. It was a stressful and upsetting trip for all, and we will not return. Ever.
Written July 24, 2016
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Grantman66
Portland, OR2,248 contributions
Family
The entire Nehalem river system is very cool and ranges from coastal estuary to mountain stream and most of it can be seen from various roads (improved), trails or boats (kayak's available to rent in Wheeler. I strongly recommend a day there for touristas.
Written July 10, 2017
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Ziabaki
Roche Harbor, WA111 contributions
Nehalem river is interwoven into our lives and apart of our history since we live near her shores. She is a beautiful thing to behold and has an extraordinary estuary that is astounding for fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking and just looking at. Up River are many sweet swimming holes and an incredible campground at “The Falls” as we call it. She is a provider to all of us with her fresh bright water and abundant life. How can one rate such a piece of our culture? But I’ll give her all 5 stars. Come visit our lovely river and stay at the Nehalem Bay State Park.
Written February 25, 2016
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Jens A
STEVENSON73 contributions
I'm staying at The Nehalem shores on the river; you can watch the birds, the seals and the otters or the Elk. The view is great and picturesque from almost anywhere. If you follow the R.R. track up river you can reach Nehalem Falls camp ground and park, a beautiful place to camp, visit or swim
Written April 4, 2012
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Dawn D
Grants Pass, OR267 contributions
Family
We often drive up here when we visit family in Garibaldi. The trip is so relaxing and enjoyable even on a winter day. The little town is a gem with good places to eat, when they are open. Not a lot of places stay open all winter or have limited hours. The river is calm and ideal for a little fishing or camping.
Written December 19, 2016
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Buttajess
Portland, OR73 contributions
Family
Stayed at campground several times recently with family only and then friends....The beach is awesome and the river is beautiful to kayak on and canoe and/or sit on river shore and clam and drink a beer. great for pictures. I have stayed all around the bay and enjoy it rain or shine:) A must visit while on the coast. I have been been crabbing as well
Written October 9, 2013
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obankestrel
Bay City, OR158 contributions
Friends
Fishing, boating, rafting, kayaks, they all work here. Tillamook Estuary Partnership in Garibaldi has some wonderful, accurate river maps that will get youi started. If you want to fish it's best to call a local guide to get you going. You really need a map as access points are limited.
Written June 15, 2019
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