What you need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beaches in Oregon
Last updated: 12 May 2020
COVID-19 Updates - Beaches closures in Oregon
The 2020 Oregon beach monitoring season is postponed. Due to Governor Brown’s “Stay Home. Safe Lives” executive order, state parks, park-managed parking lots and beach access points in Oregon are temporarily closed. Local authorities may also decide to close other beach access points along the coastline.
COVID-19 Updates - Recreational water quality monitoring
The 2020 beach monitoring season will begin when the “Stay Home. Save Lives” order is lifted.
The Oregon Health Department’s Beach Monitoring Program has updated their website with this information
and are advising the public to “Please be aware that until the executive order is lifted and beach access points reopen, we will not monitor ocean water for harmful bacteria.”
Oregon is one of three U.S. states bordering the Pacific Ocean. Beaches in Oregon are some of the most beautiful places you'll find on the Pacific Coast. Oregon is situated below Washington and above California along the west coast of the United States. The ocean water along the Pacific coast here flows down from the Arctic, and many people find the region too cold for swimming. In Oregon in particular, storms, rip tides, and cool waters means that people don't flock to the coast to swim. The rugged beauty of Pacific beaches in Oregon are still well worth a visit (donning a wetsuit of course).
Short summers and moderate coastal temperatures make the state a perfect destination for whale watching, rock hunting and general exploring. These activities are popular with residents and tourists alike.
Inland, you’ll find freshwater lakes and rivers. There’s plenty of kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting and fishing. The swimmable lakes about an hour’s drive from Portland are especially popular. Waters remain cool, but the natural watering holes are magnificent. If you’re the adventurous type, you’ll enjoy hikes to pristine waters with natural stone and sand beaches.