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Smelt Sands State Park

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Love the name!

We used to seine smelt from the Cowlitz River with old window screens, and I have always liked the... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
Rainier, Oregon
Go at high tide!

Spectacular blow hole activity in an unexpected location. Head to the right where the trailhead... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Stockton, California
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

We used to seine smelt from the Cowlitz River with old window screens, and I have always liked the sound of "smelt", so when we came upon this day use beach, we stopped to let the dogs stretch their legs. Its not a good dog...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Spectacular blow hole activity in an unexpected location. Head to the right where the trailhead meets the shoreline and follow around the bend to the wide expanse of rock and then sit back and wait.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank UOPerin
Reviewed 24 June 2018

Smelt Sands is a nice beach and it is the head of the 804 Trail. The trail is about a mile long and it runs up the coast. There are lots of little beaches perfect for beachcombers along the way, and it winds its way...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank eliz375
Reviewed 17 May 2018

A wide beach with SoM rocky parts has something to watch for everyone - tide pools, spring water running across the beach, sea lions playing in the surf - just beautiful!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Gesa K
Reviewed 25 September 2017

No matter if the tide is coming in or going out this is a great place to watch waves on the rocks. When the tide is out it is also a fun place to climb around on the rocks but you need to be cautious....More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank dianep1982018
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This park is a great place to start an ocean walk to the North and if you wish, a nice walk to downtown Yachats to the South. There are some benches in the area for gazing at the ocean and lots of rocky beach but...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Carol S
Reviewed 4 September 2017

You can walk for miles on this beach admiring the driftwood and shells and seagulls feasting on all-you-can eat dungeness crab buffet.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank SuzyQ088
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This park is located close to the Adobe Resort in Yachats. It is located off of 101 and not visible from the road. There is a large parking lot and restrooms. Our first night in Yachats we could hear the waves crashing as the tide...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank NTSU1975
Reviewed 7 August 2017

I only discovered Smelt Sands State Park last year, yet another wonderful place on the Oregon Coast. Several small beaches make up Smelt but there are also fanciful rock formations, blow holes and pounding surf . A walking path skirts the shore with many benches...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank mythoughts83
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

We stopped at this small park just to explore while waiting for a take out pizza at Out of Gas Pizza... The parking is very limited, the beach OK... If you are on foot. If you have a car there are about 10 other WAY...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank CM_G279
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Susan H
3 September 2017|
Response from NTSU1975 | Reviewed this property |
I can not say what the exact regulations are, but I can say after two weeks at the Oregon coast, we saw numerous dogs at the beach running to the water, chasing sticks, playing with their owners and none were on a leash... More