A marina is at Brighton. Berths with electricity, gasoline, water, ice, and a launching ramp is at the marina. Dry winter storage and engine repairs are available.
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The Nehalem River, 5 miles N of Tillamook Bay entrance, is tidal for about 10 miles from the entrance.
Nehalem Beach, the N point at the entrance, is a narrow sandspit, bare of trees, and with dunes of moderate elevation over the N part. The S side of the entrance is a low broad sand beach, backed by wooded country rising to elevations of 400 feet.
The entrance is protected by jetties extending 600 yards from the shoreline, though there are a number of breaks in the jetties. A whistle buoy is nearly 1 mile W of the entrance and a private range marks the entrance channel. Mariners are advised to seek local knowledge before using the entrance channel because of seasonal changes. The controlling depth is about 4 feet on the bar, and 3 to 8 feet to Wheeler. The channel is changeable.
Brighton is a small settlement on the E shore, 1 mile inside the entrance to the river.