The North Spit
Sand roads on the North Spit are closed until December 2025 to protect public safety while the Army Corps of Engineers uses the area to make repairs to the Coos Bay's North Jetty. The boat launch and hiking trails remain open; however, public access to the beach will be closed during this time period. Please see this map for more details.
Made up of open sand dunes, forested islands, and wetlands, the North Spit of Coos Bay is at the southern-most end of a series of sand dunes extending along the Oregon coastline from Florence to Coos Bay. There are 10 miles of hiking/horse trails, sand driving roads, an undeveloped staging area and miles of beach waiting for you to explore. The North Spit boat launch also offers a full-size boat ramp, ample trailer parking, restrooms, and running water.
Know Before You Go:
- Open year-round.
- Open fires are prohibited during fire season (July 1 - Sept. 30) including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, and warming fires. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
- Dispersed camping allowed for up to 14-days; no overnight camping at the North Spit boat launch.
- Site host at the North Spit boat launch.
- OHVs allowed on designated routes. Vehicles must display a safety flag and Oregon State OHV sticker.
Point of Interest:
The North Spit of Coos Bay is home to the threatened western snowy plover. From March 15 to September 15 each year, access restrictions are in place on the dry sand along the ocean shore to protect the nesting birds. Beware of sneaker waves and never turn your back to the ocean!
From U.S. Highway 101 just north of North Bend, Oregon, turn west on to Transpacific Parkway. Stay to the left and travel six miles to the North Spit Boat Ramp. Travelling another 0.25 miles will bring you to the undeveloped North Spit staging area.