Western Snowy Plover Management Areas

Three fuzzy snowy plover chicks on the sandThe western snowy plover is a small shorebird that is federally listed as threatened, meaning the species is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future without intervention. Western snowy plovers rely on Oregon beaches for survival, and during their critical nesting season of March 15-Sept. 15, the Siuslaw National Forest coordinates with Oregon State Parks and beachgoers to protect these vulnerable bird populations. By following nesting season restrictions and sharing the beach, you can help ensure plover chicks survive to adulthood.

Know Before You Go

Although many Oregon beaches are not inhabited by western snowy plovers, several are designated as plover nesting beaches. On these beaches, certain activities are limited from March 15 - Sept. 15 to prevent disrupting plover during their sensitive nesting season. Read more about western snowy plovers and view a plover nesting beach map, oor locate year-round dog-friendly beaches here: North Coast Beaches | South Coast Beaches.

Visitors should pay attention to signs at beach access points identifying which types of beach activities are permitted and what areas are open. Designated trails that go through plover areas remain open, and dogs are allowed on leash on the inland part of these trails, but must stay on the trail and never enter plover beaches. Visitors without dogs must remain on the trail, and once on the beach, only walk on the wet sand close to the water's edge. Dogs are never allowed on plover beaches.

Prohibited Activities on Plover Beaches: 


A graphic illustrating the dry and wet sand areas of a beach

 

Prohibited Activities on Plover Beaches

  • No vehicles, including OHVs
  • No bicycles or non-motorized vehicles
  • No kites or drones
  • No dogs, even well-behaved dogs on leashes
  • No camping
  • No walking on the dry sand (walking permitted on wet sand near water’s edge only)

All dry sand beach areas are closed to entry in the areas listed below, except on designated trails. You may see portions of dry sand beaches and dunes roped off to protect known critical nesting areas, but dry sand both inside and outside of the ropes is closed. Plovers can nest very close to the rope line and occasionally on the outside of it. Staying on the wet sand helps reduce disturbance to nesting birds. 

UPDATE: This year (2021), winter storms and high tides have pushed plovers to the Sand Lake beach area near the mouth of the estuary and by the Fisherman’s Day Use Area. Visitors may see roped off areas to protect nests and may encounter plover on the beach. Formal restrictions are not yet in place here, but beachgoers are encouraged to protect these birds by limiting their activity to wet sand, avoiding nesting areas, and keeping dogs on leash.

Where Are The Restrictions?

What Restrictions Apply?

Baker Beach and Sutton Area

Beach Restrictions

No Dogs (on or off leash)

No Vehicles (including bicycles)

No Kites or Drones

Baker Beach Campground

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Baker Beach Trailhead / Baker Beach Trail #1368

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.

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Holman Vista Day Use

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Sutton Campground

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Holman Vista Trail #1326

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge. Restrictions are located on Baker/Sutton Beaches.

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Siltcoos and Surrounding

Beach Restrictions

No Dogs (on or off leash)

No Vehicles (including bicycles)

No Kites or Drones

Carter Dunes Trailhead / Carter Dunes Trail #1384

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.

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Carter Lake Campground

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Carter Lake Day Use

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Driftwood II Campground

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Lagoon Campground

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Siltcoos Beach Day Use OHV Staging

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on trail and once on beach go north (right) for no restrictions or south (left) for foot-only access to wet sand only along water's edge. Do not walk up river into the estuary.

Dogs are allowed NORTH of Siltcoos Beach.

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Stagecoach Trailhead

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Taylor Dunes Trailhead / Taylor Dunes Trail #1335

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.

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Waxmyrtle Campground

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Waxmyrtle Trailhead / Waxmyrtle Trail #1337

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.

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Oregon Dunes Day Use Area

Beach Restrictions

No Dogs (on or off leash)

No Vehicles (including bicycles)

No Kites or Drones

Oregon Dunes Day Use Area

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Oregon Dunes Loop Trail #1334

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.

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Tahkenitch and Surrounding

Beach Restrictions

No Dogs (on or off leash)

No Vehicles (including bicycles)

No Kites or Drones

Tahkenitch Campground

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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Tahkenitch Creek Trailhead / Tahkenitch Creek Trail #1336

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and do not cut through estuary. Once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge, avoiding estuary.

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Tahkenitch Dunes-Threemile Lake North Trailhead

Threemile Lake Trail North #1338

Tahkenitch Dunes Trail #1353

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.
Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.

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Sparrow Park Road Area

Starting 0.6 miles north of Sparrow Park Rd. and 2.6 miles south of Sparrow Park Rd. beach access, no motorized access and dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.

Dogs prohibited in dry and wet sand starting 0.6 miles north and 2.6 miles south of Sparrow Park Rd. beach access.

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Umpqua Dunes Area

Beach Restrictions

No Dogs (on or off leash)

No Vehicles (including bicycles)

No Kites or Drones

Umpqua Beach #2 Day Use /OHV Staging Area

Starting 2.9 miles south of beach access, dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

Visitors may encounter ropes and signs on the beach. In this area ropes may be used to protect individual nests. Please recreate away from those areas.

Dogs prohibited in dry and wet sand 1/4 mile south of the Douglas/Coos County line (at 2.9 mile mark).

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Umpqua Beach #3 Day Use /OHV Staging Area

Starting 1.8 miles south of beach access, dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

Visitors may encounter ropes and signs on the beach. In this area ropes may be used to protect individual nests. Please recreate away from those areas.

Dogs prohibited in dry and wet sand 1/4 mile south of the Douglas/Coos County line (at 1.8 mile mark).

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Ten Mile Creek and Surrounding

Beach Restrictions

No Dogs (on or off leash)

No Vehicles (including bicycles)

No Kites or Drones

Eel Creek Campground

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

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John Dellenback Dunes Trailhead / John Dellenback Dunes Trail #1339

Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.

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Spinreel Campground Dry sand areas on beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Dogs allowed on beach south of Spinreel I-beam sign. X X

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Forest Order 06-12-10-21-01 Snowy Plover Dry Sand Closure Areas, 2021





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