Rockaway Beach

• Rockaway Beach is a small coastal community offering numerous outdoor activities
• Cedar Wetlands Preserve is home to one of the biggest cedar trees in Oregon

Rockaway Beach is a small seaside city of 1380 people on the Northern Oregon Coast. It was established in the 1920s by Portland residents as a summer getaway from the hustle and bustle of a large city.

The town is a quiet place to visit and enjoy various outdoor activities including 7 miles of beachcombing, hiking to a giant red cedar, attending one of the local festivals, and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the charming coastal town.

Rockaway Beach History

Rockaway Beach Company established the seaside resort of Rockaway in 1909. The community was named after Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York.

In 1911, the post office was created. In 1912, the railroad connecting the resort to Portland was built. The town changed its name from Rockaway to Rockaway Beach in 1987.

Nowadays, it is a popular tourist destination for Portlanders and people from all over the state and the country.

Pronto Pup, a type of corn dog, was first created in Rockaway in the 1930s. The main difference is that Pronto Pup is made out of pancake batter, eliminating standard corn dogs' sweetness.

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Things to Do and See

Rockaway Beach City Center and Park

Rockaway Beach Park lies on the west side of U.S Highway 101 and easily recognizable by the red Chamber of Commerce caboose next to the railroad tracks. A large parking area is located between the caboose and the beach. The Chamber of Commerce office is open during the peak travel season. The beach access is marked by the Veterans of Foreign Wars monument erected in 1995. There are a playground, benches, and picnic tables, as well as other amenities available in the city.

Lake Lytle

Lake Lytle is a shallow lake on the east side of U.S Highway 101. There are a gravel boat ramp and a fishing dock with wheelchair access. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring and early summer.

Jetty Marina

Visit Jetty Marina to catch fish, crabs, oysters, and clams. Alternatively, you can purchase a fresh catch and have it cooked right there!

27550 Highway 101 N, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

Kelly's Brighton Marina

Another Rockaway Beach marina. Come here to enjoy some freshly caught seafood with a cold one, or try to catch something yourself!

29200 N Hwy 101, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

Rockaway Cedar Preserve Trail (aka Cedar Wetlands Preserve or Rockaway Big Tree Trail)

Rockaway Big Tree TrailThe landmark of the trail and the preserve is a unique and protected Rockaway Cedar. The ancient cedar is 154 feet high and 50 feet in circumference, one of the biggest trees in Oregon! Its age is estimated to be between 500 and 900 years.


Oregon Du Drops

This unique art piece is made out of brass bells imported from India and recycled light bulbs. The bulbs are filled with rainwater from every month of the year and can be purchased for home decorations.

450 Oregon Coast Hwy, Rockaway Beach, OR

International Police Museum

The museum sits next to the police station inside the Washed Ashore Craft Mall. It showcases various law enforcement-related items from around the globe. You can see male and female uniforms, badges, handcuffs, weaponry, and more.

320 Highway 101 S, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

Manhattan Beach

Rockaway BeachThis is the main city beach. Combined with Manhattan Beach and  Nedona Beach, it stretches uninterruptedly for about 6 miles.

Come here and enjoy a relaxing stroll, fat tire bike ride, or beachcombing adventure with Twin Rocks in the background.


Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site

Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site is a beautiful forested area with picnic tables and easy easy access to Nedona Beach.


Rockaway Beach has a wide selection of places to take a bite at. You can pick from Sand Dollar Restaurant, Cow Belle Cafe, Beach Bite, Old Oregon Smoke House, and other spots.

Events and Festivals

Kite Festival is held in mid-September. This is a 20-year-old tradition of colorful kites launched by professional and amateur fliers from all over the world.

The Arts and Crafts Fair has been held for over 40 years in mid-Augist. Here you can see and purchase craft items and gifts as well as enjoy the delicious food.

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