Protecting Oregon Beaches Web Exhibit

riding horses on the beach with hills in the distance
Horseback riders on the beach at Nehalem Bay State Park. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20100827-3127​)

silhouette of Oregon with the dates 1913 and 2013 written in yellow
About the Exhibit

Over a century ago, two events helped to shape our extraordinary public access to Oregon beaches: The legislature made all Oregon tidelands a public highway and future governor Tom McCall, a key figure in a later effort to protect public access, was born. Now, explore some of the many public uses of the state’s beaches over the decades and efforts to protect them from privatization.
Exhibit Introduction—learn more about the history of Oregon's beaches.