Western Snowy Plover Management Areas

Three fuzzy snowy plover chicks on the sandThe Western Snowy Plover is a small shorebird that relies on some Oregon beaches for survival. During their critical nesting season (March 15-September 15) we coordinate with Oregon State parks and beachgoers to protect these threatened birds during a very sensitive time. By following nesting season restrictions and sharing the beach, you can help ensure plover chicks survive to adulthood.

Know Before You Go

Many Oregon beaches are not used by the birds and visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities there year round. On other beaches, designated as plover nesting beaches, A sign describing the snowy plover nesting season beach restrictionscertain activities are limited from March 15 through September 15.

Visitors should pay attention to signs identifying what types of beach activities are permitted and what areas are open. Different rules apply to dry and wet sand on plover beaches. Designated trails that go through plover areas remain open. Users must remain on the trail and once on the beach walk on wet sand only, close to the water's edge.
 

On plover beaches, keep plovers safe by following these guidelines

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

DRY SAND BEACH: CLOSED TO ENTRY

ALL DRY SAND 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 in and out of the ropes is closed. Walking (no dogs on or off leash) is allowed on wet sand only.

WET SAND BEACH: SAFE WALKING AREA*

*Within most plover nesting areas, dogs (on and off leash), kites, drones, motorized vehicles, and non-motorized vehicles (including bicycles) are prohibited. Walking is allowed on wet sand only, close to the water’s edge.

A link that takes you to a map of dog friendly places to play

 

Ropes along the beach mark known Snowy Plover nesting areas

Where Are The Restrictions?

What Restrictions Apply?

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 beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.

X X X

Oregon Dunes Loop Trail #1334

Dry sand 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. X X X

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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 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. X X X

Carter Lake Campground

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Carter Lake Day Use

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Chief Tsiltcoos Trail #1359

Dry sand 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. X X X

Driftwood II Campground

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Lagoon Campground

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Siltcoos Beach Day Use OHV Staging

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Dogs are allowed NORTH of Siltcoos Beach. X X

Stagecoach Trailhead

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Taylor Dunes Trailhead / Taylor Dunes Trail #1335

Dry sand 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. X X X

Waxmyrtle Campground

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Waxmyrtle Trailhead / Waxmyrtle Trail #1337

Dry sand 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. X X X

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Spinreel to Horsfall Area Beach Restrictions No Dogs (on or off leash) No Vehicles (including bicycles) No Kites or Drones

Horsfall Beach Campground

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Dogs are allowed in wet sand areas outside of the Ten Mile Creek Estuary area. X X

Horsfall Beach Day Use OHV Staging

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15.
 
Dogs are allowed in wet sand areas outside of the Ten Mile Creek Estuary area. X X

Spinreel Campground

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Dogs are allowed in wet sand areas outside of the Ten Mile Creek Estuary area. X X

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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 beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Tahkenitch Creek Trailhead / Tahkenitch Creek Trail #1336

Dry sand 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. X X X

Tahkenitch Dunes-Threemile Lake North Trailhead

Threemile Lake Trail North #1338

Tahkenitch Dunes Trail #1353

Dry sand 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.
X X X

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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

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Dogs prohibited in dry and wet sand 1/4 mile south of the Douglas/Coos County line. X X

Umpqua Beach #3 Day Use /OHV Staging Area

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. Dogs prohibited in dry and wet sand 1/4 mile south of the Douglas/Coos County line. X X

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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 beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

John Dellenback Dunes Trailhead / John Dellenback Dunes Trail #1339

Dry sand 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. X X X

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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 beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Baker Beach Trailhead / Baker Beach Trail #1368

Dry sand 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. X X X

Holman Vista Day Use

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Sutton Campground

Dry sand beach CLOSED March 15-September 15. X X X

Holman Vista Trail #1326

Dry sand 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. X X X

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