Useful tips for your time at the ocean

Driving on the Beach requires some basic rules of the road... these are the law and must be obeyed at all times:

  • All vehicles must be licensed and street legal. 
  • All drivers must have a valid driver's license.
  • You must drive on the uppermost hard-packed sand and not in the sand dunes or near the surf.
  • The Speed Limit is 25 mph by may have to be slower if conditions are poor or it endangers others.
  • You cannot do"donuts" or circling on the beach. $250 fine for this offence. 
  • All persons on Mopeds or Motorcycles are required to wear a helmet.
  • Do not drive in posted closed areas.
  • Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not drive on clam beds. 

Fires on the beach...

  • Cannot be in or near the dunes. 
  • Cannot be in or using large pieces of driftwood. 
  • Do not leave fires unattended.
  • Dune grass is highly flammable. 
  • Watch for burn bans at http://www.wadnr.gov/burn-risk or contact the DNR at 800-323-2876

How to drive on the beach - This is by far the most important aspect to Ocean Shores. Driving where there's no roads. 

  • Don't exceed the posted speed limits, safety is paramount. 
  • Our campground is at the furthest north you can drive and you can drive south to Ocean Shores town center as the furthest south on the beach.
  • Do not drive in the water. You have a very high chance of drenching your motor and getting stuck in the riptide.
  • Do not be like these people and leave your car, truck, or RV unattended. The water can come in quick and leave you stranded without a vehicle. 
  • Do not drive in soft sand, you will bog down and even with 4x4 you can be stuck.
  • Drive where others are driving, observe good manners as if it were a highway.
  • Watch for children and animals at all times. 

Fireworks on the beach...

  • Fireworks are permitted only during the time permitted by State Law (June 28th noon to July 6 noon). 
  • Fireworks are only permitted from the high tide line to the water.
  • Fireworks are not permitted in the campground or in town.

Wildlife safety

  • Do not approach, touch, or feed seals. $500 fine for being within 100' of a seal.
  • Razor clams are only able to be dug up during Razor Clam season and require licenses.
  • All Fishing requires proper licensing.
  • Avoid feeding any and all wildlife.