CLAMMING, CRABBING, FISHING
Netarts Bay – clean & pure – is great for crabbing & clamming. Fishing can also be good in this bay ! Clam shovels or rakes can be purchased in Tillamook at one of our sporting goods stores . You will want to check rules and regulations and pick up your license for shell fish before you start. You can not harvest oysters at this location because they are commercially farmed/owned . You can buy fresh oysters in the shell from one of the local vendors . For a complete list or to find fishing guides or charter trips, for river or ocean fishing please contact our local and helpful Tillamook Chamber of Commerce (link provided below).
The most extensive kayaking guide service on the Oregon Coast can be found in Tillamook. Providing year-round flat-water tours of our lakes, bays, rivers and sloughs throughout the North Oregon Coast.
The seven estuary systems in the service area offers six bays, and approximately 900 miles of tidally influenced river systems, intimate sloughs and backwater channels. All this can satisfy practically any flat-water experience you seek.
Let us introduce you to an authentic guide service, founded on strong social and environmental ethics in its commitment to you and the health of Tillamook County water ways. Follow THIS LINK to their website.
GOING TO THE BEACH
Happy Camp in Netarts is one of several great places to access the beach inour area. There is a public parking lot and restrooms too. You can walk for miles along sandy beaches on most days.
Cape Lookout campground has a great day use parking area where you can hike 2.5 miles on the upper trails or for a more physical hike head to the end of Netarts Bay Spit where herons and pelicans frequent, and seals bask on the beach. You will know the treasure only found in the quite peace of nature as you enjoy the surrounding beauty.
Oceanside wayside (also with restrooms) where you can go through the tunnel (at your own risk, of course) to secluded beaches and enjoy beautiful tidepools and sealife. 3 Arch Rocks is located just off this beach and you will be able to enjoy their splender from this vantage point.
Farther North you can park by Radar Road and use the stairs to go through a natural cave at low tide – but it fills up very quickly and without warning with the incoming tide so be extremely careful! There are tidepools in the cave with starfish & sea anemone.
Finally, driving North to Cape Meares you can access the 5 mile spit and hike down to where the town of Bayocean used to sit prior to being washed into the sea. We’ve been told that one can still find remnants of the foundations of the old town. There are no bathrooms there, however.
REMEMBER TO BE CAUTIOUS
Remember to be cautious especially with children! NEVER turn your back on the ocean. Sneaker waves can surprise you and pull you out to sea. Also, check the tide tables before going for walks or climbing on rocks, you could become stranded as the tides come in without warning. It is definitely not obvious the tide is coming in, especially if you’re paying attention to other things. NEVER climb on logs because a sneaker wave can cause one to roll over you. Please stay clear of bluffs due to falling rocks.
Another fun activity is Paragliding. There are several clubs that launch from Maxwell Mountain in Oceanside. Its not uncommon to see them quietly floating overhead. Makes for some great pictures while you are in the area. Don’t forget to have your camera ready at all times to capture these solitary wind wave catchers. Here is a short clip from YouTube of a Para-glider launching and flying over Oceanside in 2011.
Try hiking around the bluffs and through the woods by the Cape Meares Lighthouse. hike a short distance and view the Octopus Tree and read the mystery of how the Octopus Tree may have formed and enjoy it’s beauty. Follow the well marked trails through ancient forests and view trees argued to be the largest of their speices still standing.
Our favorite restaurants within 1/2 hour drive are:
- Roseanna’s, Oceanside (Sunset Magazine said it’s one of the best on the coast)
- The Schooner, Netarts – lunch & dinner
- Alice’s Country House, 8 mi. W of Tillamook – breakfast, lunch or dinner
- La Mexicana, Tillamook (Great seafood dishes)
- La Tea Da, Tillamook – lunch, tea (delectable – you can usually order scones to take out if you call ahead)
- Blue Heron, Tillamook – lunch (homemade bread on their roast turkey sandwich)
- Tillamook Cheese Factory, Tillamook – lunch (best ice cream in the world with homemade waffle cones)
- Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City – lunch, dinner (pub style fare, delish)
- Grateful Bread, Pacific City – breakfast & lunch (the name says it all)
- Pacific Oyster, Bay City – lunch (fresh fresh fish & crab)
- Pirate’s Cove, Garibaldi (approx. 9 mi N of Tillamook) – lunch & dinner (fabulous view, incredible seafood meals)
Either at Pacific Oyster, Bay City, OR or on the dock in Garibaldi.
Fred Meyer & Safeway are well stocked but pretty limited as to specialty items, catering mostly to very basic preferences.
On Thursdays, Mikki Gruber delivers farm fresh eggs & salad greens & other organic veggies to your door. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, in Netarts, there are 2 small “mom & pop” grocery stores. Between the 2 of them you can usually rustle-up enough fresh foods for a great meal.
Also, there is a small grocery store in Pacific City which seems to carry a few more gourmet type items than the Tillamook grocers.
Four Seasons & Haggen in Hillsboro, however, are excellent for stocking up with things you can’t find in Tillamook (like Asiago cheese) on your way through. Haggen is very near the freeway (Hwy. 26) off the 185th exit.
Ocean Trails Riding Stables offers beach, trail and pony rides 541-994-4849/503-965-6145. There is a group riding program at the Nehalem Bay State Park, which is about 40 minutes North of Oceanside.
WHEN IT RAINS
Swim at the YMCA in Tillamook, go bowling on 3rd Street, snuggle or play a game with your family by the fire, take in a movie in Tillamook, follow the Quilt trail with maps and information available at the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce or, ….. check out a play at the TAPA Performing Arts Theater.