Whalen Island Park

Whalen Island Park is an eight-acre overnight campground/RV park located on the Three Capes Scenic Loop. It is just four miles north of Cape Kiwanda, adjacent to the Sand Lake Estuary and Oregon State Park. Whalen Island is one of Oregon’s newest state parks. It has more than a mile of sand beach as well as woodlands, grasslands, saltwater and fresh wetlands, and a tidal marsh. Wild life spotted in Whalen Island include Salmon, Steelhead, shorebirds, Deer, Otter, Bears and Cougars.

The park’s facilities consist of thirty campsites but hookups are not available. There is a dump station and clean rest rooms for the public to use. Pets are allowed in the premises as long as they are on a leash. Whalen Island Park is open from May until September. It has a fourteen-day maximum stay policy with a charge fee of $12 to $15 a night with extra charges for vehicle and tent use. Camp hosts also charge a minimal day use fee.

Bird watchers can catch a glimpse of various shore birds as well as Bald Eagles on a regular basis. Some of the activities in the area include crabbing, swimming, fishing, boating, biking and hiking. The Whalen Island Trail circles around the Island with path just above the high tide line taking visitors through the estuary and the beach on the island’s west side. Unlike the campgrounds, the trail is open year-round.

The Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island is a must-visit for nature lovers. It has a coastal estuarine ecosystem that’s bordered by the Sand Lake Estuary. This is where adult salmon move upstream to spawn and where young salmon leave the fresh waters to begin their marine journey. You’ll know right away that the area is an important haven for animals in the region. The area used to be private property until the land was sold to the State. For years the family who owned the property leased boats and sold food to the fishermen who spent the day fishing around the island.

If you still have the time, you should make a point of visiting the nearby parks and other attractions in the area, such as Cape Lookout, Cape Kiwanda, Munson Creek Falls, and the Cape Meares Lighthouse. The Three Capes Scenic Loop is a beautiful place to visit when you’re in Oregon.

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