When you book a beach house at Rockaway Beach, you'll enjoy miles of uninterrupted beaches, pristine parks, many lakes, and energizing hikes through forests. There are so many outdoor activities that will satisfy every type of adventurous visitor.
Most Fun Things to Do at Rockaway Beach:
Train Rides - Riding the train to Rockaway Beach has been a tradition for families since the 1920s. The train was once the only way to get here, and it would bring families over the mountains to enjoy a summer on the coast. Now, you can experience this tradition thanks to the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Founded in 2003, the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad operates scenic train rides along 46 miles of railroad that runs from the Port of Tillamook Bay to the east side of the Oregon Coast Range. The trip begins south of Rockaway Beach in Garibaldi and stops at the Wayside several times each weekend. The nostalgic whistle of the steam engine can be heard miles down the road as the train brings carloads of smiling faces to enjoy the beach or catch a bite to eat. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of yesterday as the steam whistle blows and the wheels grind across the tracks. As the locomotive pulls into stops in Rockaway Beach and Wheeler, the ringing of the bell will turn heads in awe and wonder. Experience unique views of the Oregon Coast and Nehalem Bay on scenic train rides offered from the end of May through the beginning of September. Watch bald eagles and pelicans soar on the wind around you, dancing with the salty mist from the ocean waves crashing against exposed cliffs.
Backpacking & Hiking
- Grab your backpack,
a canteen of water and your sense of adventure! The town of Rockaway Beach may be small in size, but they more than make up for it with some of the most unique hikes on the coast, including a breathtaking wetlands preserve that is home to one of the largest Western Red Cedars in the state. This cedar is more than 150-ft tall and 49-ft wide. It is located at the end of an easy, mile-long hike that winds underneath the towering forest. A beautiful walking path lets you enjoy the tree from every angle. To access the trailhead head from Highway 101 head East on Washington Street toward Island Street. Other nearby hikes include the family-friendly Kilchis Point Reserve in Bay City, or the thigh-pumping Neahkahnie Mountain near Manzanita.
Whale Watching - Gray whales migrate south from their feeding grounds in Alaska from mid-December through January making their way to their breeding grounds in Baja California. From late March to June the whales migrate north back to Alaska. On each trip, approximately 18,000 gray whales will pass through Oregon coastal waters. During their Southern migration peak, about 30 whales will pass by per hour, and can be seen about five miles off shore. Coming back, the whales travel at a leisurely pace staying within a half mile of the shoreline. Mothers with their young appear in May; just in time for Mother's Day. You will have a better chance of spotting a whale in the morning light with the sun at your back. First scan the ocean for spouting and then zoom in more closely with binoculars. Whales are big and certainly a little slower than dolphins or small fish, but they are active! They'll be spouting, breaching, diving and surfacing - not drifting along. Thankfully, this makes it a little easier to pick them out among the waves.
Go Fishing for Rainbow Trout!
- Cast your line
into one of many lakes or rivers for a relaxing, rewarding afternoon. If you brought your boat with you, there are several boat ramps that make it convenient to spend an afternoon fishing or just soaking up the sun. Lake Lytle on the north end of town is the largest lake - spanning 69 acres and is stocked each year in March with Rainbow Trout. The lake is also home to Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, and Catfish. A public dock directly off of Hwy 101 is available to all fishers, and a boat launch and second dock can be found on the north end of the lake off of 12th& Avenue. All of the lakes are fishable if you're interested in salmon, trout or bass. Check out Spring Lake, Crescent Lake, Smith Lake, Lake Marie and Nedonna Lake, all scattered throughout the Rockaway Beach community. Make sure you've picked up your fishing license in advance.
Kayaking - There is no better way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the native wildlife than from a kayak. As you glide atop the water, an entire world of fish, clams, sand dollars and other marine life opens up below you. Blue Herons and coastal shorebirds ride the wind above your head and come in for a landing on the calm waters to take a refreshing break. Lake Lytle and Spring Lake are two favorites spots for visitors and locals in this small beach town, and you will often see kayakers and paddle boarders out enjoying the sunshine. Both lakes offer an easy yet exciting experience, even for beginners.
Consider naturally beautiful Rockaway Beach for any season of the year! Book your beach house vacation rental today through BeachHouse.com!