Elk Bend Recreation Site


Northwest Oregon District Office 1717 Fabry Road SE Salem, OR 97306

45.28287, -123.54032

From Coastal Hwy 101 at Beaver: Turn right onto Blaine Road. Drive 7 miles to reach the Nestucca Byway.

From Willamina: Take Willamina Creek Road, to Coast Creek Road, to Gilbert Creek Road, to Bald Mountain Access Road , to Bible Creek Road to the Nestucca Byway.

From Carlton: Take Meadow Lake Road west 12 miles, continue onto the Nestucca Byway.

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Fee Description:

No Fees.


Elk Bend Recreation Site

In the interest of public safety, the Nestucca River Road remains CLOSED temporarily between Fan Creek Road (near milepost 12) and Cedar Creek Road (near milepost 7).

The closure, which applies to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, will continue until December 17, 2021. All Nestucca BLM campgrounds are closed for the season. Check back for updated closure information.


The Nestucca River Recreation Area takes travelers along a slow, leisurely route that winds through Oregon's Coast Range on the Nestucca River National Back Country Byway. The Byway runs adjacent to the Nestucca River. Whether you are exploring by car, motorcycle or bicycle, you'll find a riverside picnic table or camping spot at any of four BLM campgrounds located along the route. There are 37 campsites in the Alder Glen, Dovre, Fan Creek and Elk Bend Recreation Sites that offer steel fire rings, picnic tables, potable water and restrooms.

Know Before You Go:

  • Camping is limited to Alder Glen, Dovre, Fan Creek, and Elk Bend Campgrounds. Campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis, no reservations allowed.
  • Campfires? Please see here for current campfire restrictions: Fire Closures and Restrictions. Typically, campfires are limited to the steel fire rings or BBQ grills provided within the campgrounds, Alder Glen, Elk Bend, Fan Creek, and Dovre campgrounds. No building rock campfire rings.
  • Firewood collection is NOT allowed at the developed campgrounds.
  • Trash: Pack-it in, pack-it out.
  • Caution: Log trucks may be encountered throughout the year. The Byway is open year-round but may become hazardous due to snow and ice.

Point of Interest:

The Nestucca OHV Area is located in the Nestucca Backcountry Byway, and includes Whipup Flat, Elk Flat, and Grassy Flat. Oregon ATV permits required.

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