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Old 02-19-2011, 10:14 PM
 
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I am planning a trip to Brookings this spring. My boyfriend, our two kids and I want to go tent camping at Harris Beach and we are wondering if it would be too cold to do so in early March? Also is it possible to tent camp right on the beach at Harris Beach? I've also heard March is the best time for whale watching, is this true and can you do so from Harris Beach? Any info on tent camping in Brookings would be awesome. Thanks in Advance!
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Harris Beach State Park has tent sites in the campground, which is on a bluff above the beach. There is no camping on the beach, but you can see the beach from most of the park and you can walk down to it. It's a very nice state park with showers and a laundry area. I've camped there in a trailer before and the only problem is that trailer sites are difficult to get reservations for - I don't think that's as true with tent sites.

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It will likely be cool and damp (even if it's not raining it's pretty damp). A quick check of weather history shows the day's high usually in the 50s somewhere, where the occasional dip into the 40s or rise into the 60s.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the info PNW-type-gal,
I'm glad to know we wont look like a bunch of idiots camping in March! We have to go sooner rather then later due to work schedules so I'm glad to hear camping on the coast in March is doable(?)!
thanks again,
hayley3b
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:09 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Just dress warm and work at keeping dry. Also look into renting a yurt at Harris Beach State Park.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:06 AM
 
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It's the Oregon coast, so it'll probably be rainy. I've actually stayed at Harris Beach before. It's really nice. I'd recommend a yurt, personally (so the rain doesn't keep you up at night). They're pretty fun to stay in 8-)
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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I'd recommend Yurts also. I've spent the night in them in December at Fort Stevens and enjoyed it much more then tent camping. I've also stayed at Harris Beach myself and enjoyed it quite a bit. Another good one is Beverly Beach just north of Newport.

I'm also pretty sure that there is no camping directly on any Oregon Beach, but you can camp in the Sand Dunes further south as long as it's not within the Wildlife Refuge areas.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I am planning a trip to Brookings this spring. My boyfriend, our two kids and I want to go tent camping at Harris Beach and we are wondering if it would be too cold to do so in early March? Also is it possible to tent camp right on the beach at Harris Beach? I've also heard March is the best time for whale watching, is this true and can you do so from Harris Beach? Any info on tent camping in Brookings would be awesome. Thanks in Advance!
If you can reserve, go for it. If you can cancel within 48 hours, you should not be out more than $6. Even in past summers, I've been able to get a site there without reserving, almost every time. Odds are that there will be lots of sites available if you don't reserve, with maybe exceptions of A-LOOP, primarily the ocean side of A-LOOP. That's if they reserve.

Corners sites C-3 and C-4 were really nice too, almost like a continuation of A Loop. C-3 and C-4 if I recall right, are nice size sites under some pretty hefty spruce trees, with decent length driveway big enough for two cars.

There is a nice play structure if you have kids under age 8. They have a laundry room too.

You can watch the weather. Right now its pretty cool, but it can be a lot better in March.

I've stayed there winter, spring, summer and autumn, using a tent or trailer. Have not used one of their Yurts, but have at Nehalem Bay. They are great, and have heaters and outlets too.

You almost have nothing to lose by planning the trip. Because you don't have to go if the weather turns sour.

Personally, I don't like the back side sides farthest from the ocean. I think that's the back side of B Loop. Because if its rainy or not long after it had been rainy, the sites and driveways can be sort of puddly.

What city and state are you coming from?

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