Celebrating Oregon's Public Beaches

Oregon's Beach Bill (House Bill 1601) was a piece of landmark legislation passed by the 1967 session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. The bill extended public ownership of land along the coast to 16 vertical feet above the low tide mark and recognized public easements of all beach areas up to the vegetation line. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, this curated collection of Oregon history contains publications directly related to the Beach Bill, as well as general information and photographs regarding beach development, conservation, and tourism.

To learn more about the development of the Beach Bill, refer to the first publication in this collection entitled 1969 Beach Bill (H.B. 1045). For more general information, visit the Oregon Encyclopedia or watch the 2007 Oregon Public Broadcasting film. This online collection debuted in June 2017.