Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Rules for Drones in Oregon Coast State Parks Examined on Jan. 24

Published 01/12/22 at 5:32 PM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Rules for Drones in Oregon Coast State Parks Examined on Jan. 24

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; major specials now that winter is here
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
major specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Winter's enticing specials now
In Lincoln City:
Major winter specials now
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
major specials this season
In Newport:
Look for many specials
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials and tempting prices now
In Yachats, Florence
Big deals available; lodgings not listed anywhere else
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

(Oregon Coast) – Public input will be sought at some point on rules for drones on Oregon coast state park properties, but first comes a special virtual meeting on January 24. Under examination will be a review and discussion of proposed changes in Oregon Administrative Rules regarding drone take-off and landing within a state park and along the Oregon coast in general, and whether or not this will be banned in some areas. (Above: Gold Beach by drone. Courtesy Manuela Durson - see Manuela Durson Fine Arts for more)

The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be live streamed on YouTube for the public at this link. The meeting agenda does not include time for public comment. However, public input will be taken later on, and details on that will be posted on the Proposed OPRD Rules web page after the committee reviews the meeting.

Currently, there are no specific rules about flying drones in state parks or on the Oregon coast in general, with a few exceptions in some sensitive areas such as around Cannon Beach's Haystack Rock and Newport's Yaquina Head.

Katie Gauthier, Relations and Policy Manager with Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), said the department has utilized some rules to manage taking off and landing of drones in some areas, although not actual flight over an area.

“In areas drone operations have been restricted for a time period when a conflict with natural or cultural resources would occur,” Gauthier told Oregon Coast Beach Connection. “For example, when nesting birds are hatching we may limit take-off and landing in certain areas, and flying things like drones, kites, and gliders are prohibited in the few designated ocean shore areas occupied by the western snowy plover.”

Right now, the bulk of any guidance is common sense: don't fly near people, near traffic, historic structures or block scenery. Be respectful of wildlife and humans, and if a park ranger asks you to stop or move elsewhere, cooperate.

OPRD said to look into your state park destination to check for any restrictions.

“The proposed rulemaking will establish the first rules that specifically apply to take off and landing of drones. State law required that the agency obtain legislative permission before engaging in rulemaking regarding drones,” Gauthier said. “SB 109 passed in the 2021 legislature provided that approval.”

She said federal FAA regulations may prevent OPRD from adopting rules for drones that are in flight.

“Our rules will only apply to the take-off and landing of drones on state park property or the ocean shore,” Guathier said.

At one point, the committee will want to hear from any stakeholders, such as drone pilots, local governments, businesses and others who might be affected.

Individuals who require special accommodations to view the meetings should contact Katie Gauthier at least three days in advance of the meeting at 503-510-9678 or

Oregon Coast Hotels in this area - South Coast Hotels - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours



More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

New Surge in Orca Sightings Over Weekend Good Sign for Oregon Coast Holiday
Chances may be good you'll get to spot some over holiday weekend. Whales, marine sciences
Surprisingly, One Man Connects Oregon Coast Lighthouses at Heceta Head, Terri...
One man, Oswald Allik, served on both the Seaside and Florence-area lights until the end. Cannon Beach, Florence history
Some of the Most Riveting Oregon Coast Views Are Hardest to Find
Outstanding viewpoints along the beaches that you may not know: Depoe Bay, Port Orford, Oceanside, Cannon Beach
2022 Memorial Weekend Travel Advice, Warnings for Oregon Coast
Dealing with traffic, hotels, speed traps, weather
South Oregon Coast's Bandon Holds Special Puffin Viewing Day
Puffin Party celebration at Bandon's Face Rock Wayside on May 28. Bandon events
Central Oregon Coast Artist Exhibits Surreal, Colorful Works at Florence Visi...
Mixed media called encaustics created by Jo Beaudreau. Florence events
Oregon Coast Wildlife Officials: Don't Kidnap Wildlife
It's not just baby seals you'll have to watch out for. Sciences
Oregon Coast Aquarium Celebrates 30 Years This Week
Since 1992, the Aquarium in Newport has been showing off countless oceanic wonders to over two generations. Newport events

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted