Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island is bounded by the Sand Creek estuary - critically valuable habitat for salmon. The area is a virtually untouched coastal estauarine ecosystem, with mixed woodlands, grasslands, fresh and saltwater wetlands, and a rare native dune sedgeland. The park is fairly new to Oregon's park system, and was named after Clay Myers, Oregon's Secretary of State and State Treasurer.
Tillamook County has also has a park and campground here. The 34-site campground is closed from October through April except for a few sites close to the boat ramp. Reservations can be made for the summer months.