McVay is a well-hidden park noted for surf fishing, clamming, whale watching, and plenty of space to walk on the beach. The large lawn area is great for blanket picnics and disc golf. The park is elevated above the ocean. As you walk along the edge, you'll often have eye-to-eye encounters with the seabirds catching the updrafts from the beach. McVay is also home to the only "off leash" dog park in the Brookings area. Local scouts built the fenced-in area with oversight and guidance from State Park personnel.