Last weekend I flew down to the Nehalem Bay State Airport (3S7) to meet some friends for camping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSoM_DpQgU4 It was tons of fun–more pictures here. Some bullet points to consider if you go down there:
- Likely turbulence on short final, with wind blowing from the west, especially if you’re landing to the north.
- There’s a ditch between the runway and airplane parking, so exit the runway at the turnoffs only.
- Camping is $11/day. First come, first served on the sites. I hear if the campsites are full, you can still camp under your wing.
- There’s firewood available until 7:30 p.m. (I think). It’s $5 a bundle.
- I’ve heard there’s usually a port-o-potty on the airfield, but there wasn’t when we were there. There’s a nice bathroom in the park, but it’s a bit of a walk, though it does have water and showers.
- There were a ton of mosquitoes when the wind died down–bring bug spray.
- There’s some gravel in the parking area, but I didn’t get any nicks in my prop.
- There’s a nice walk along a trail, starting south from the park’s amphitheater and going all the way to the south end of the runway. You can then walk up the runway back to the campsites.
- We ate at the San Dune Pub. They have a nice, dog-friendly patio.