South Jetty Beach 7 - Whale Memorial Day Use

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This popular day use area provides opportunities for most visitors. These twelve parking areas start out with two sand access lots for off highway vehicles; South Jetty OHV Staging and Goose Pasture OHV Staging. There are also six lots providing excellent access to the beach. Two other parking areas are open viewpoints of wetlands for great wildlife observation. Visitors will also find the crab dock parking area that provides opportunities to enjoy a day of crabbing or fishing. Near the jetty our final two lots marks the location of the 1979 beaching of 41 sperm whales. Adventure, education, solitude or relaxation, all this and more can be found at the South Jetty.

Whale Memorial Trailhead is located at this Day Use Site.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/27/21: Great American Outdoors Act road improvement projects will be underway late summer into the fall, 2021, and will require temporary road closures on portions of South Jetty Road. Exact dates and locations are to be determined, but are expected to mostly impact the last third of the road. Please plan accordingly and call 541-271-6000 for more information.

Expect limited or no services. Be prepared to pack out all waste.
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Light
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Siuslaw National Forest
Information Center: Oregon Dunes NRA Visitor Center

General Information


From Florence, OR travel south on Highway 101 for one mile turning west onto the South Jetty Road. Travel west to access the recreational areas.

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