William M. Tugman State Park
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Introduction

Make plans to visit William M. Tugman State Park in Oregon - you'll be glad that you did! Located near U.S. Route 101, this state park is one of Oregon’s best keep secrets. William M. Tugman State Park is the perfect choice for those who need a little variation from the ocean, as the park is nestled against the state’s Pacific coast. RV visitors also have access to Eel Lake and is near the community of Lakeside, Oregon. There are 94 RV spots at the campground located on three loops - A, B, and C - that are either reserved or first-come, first-served depending on which campground loop. This state park is a perfect place for groups large and small to make memories - a fantastic getaway spot. Have a great day out on the waters of Eel Lake fishing, boating, or kayaking as the park provides an ADA-accessible dock and boat ramp. Explore the hiking trail that covers the southern area of Eel Lake. From picnicking by the river, relaxing while fishing, or toasting marshmallows by the campfire, this state park is an excellent place for families. A welcome change from the daily hustle, this area provides a variety of fun from sand and water - you won’t ever forget this RV trip to William M. Tugman State Park!

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Transportation in William M. Tugman State Park

Driving

Plan for your next trip to William M. Tugman State Park today as you explore Oregon’s coastal area. Located near U.S. Route 101, this state park is easy to find. Not far from some larger cities, William M. Tugman State Park is north of Coos Bay, south of Reedsport, and only a short drive east of the Oregon Dune National Recreation Area. A great overnight stay, while close to town, William M. Tugman State Park makes you feel like you are off the beaten path.

Parking

Once you enter William M. Tugman State Park, there are three loops for RV camping. A Loop sites are open to reservations all year long. B Loop is open from May to mid-September and offers first-come, first-served camping. C Loop is open for reservations from mid-May to October 1st, weather permitting. The campground is well-shaded and evenly spaced, so you won't need to pack leveling blocks as the camping sites provide asphalt pads. Need some extra room? Try to camp on the outside of the loop as sites tend to be larger. Be careful driving around the campground as this state park is popular amongst families during the in-season months and there are many cyclists of all ages enjoying the scenery.

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Campgrounds and parking in William M. Tugman State Park

Campsites in William M. Tugman State Park

Reservations camping

William M. Tugman Campground A Loop and C Loop

Everything you want in an Oregon campground. Relax under the shade as you camp at the William M. Tugman Campground. With 94 RV partial-hookup sites, you can’t go wrong camping at this gorgeous place. A Loop is open to camping year-round while C Loop is open for reservations from mid-May to October 1st. A dog-friendly park, plan to bring Fido along as there is a designated off-leash area for your four-legged friends.

At this state park, you’ll find sites provide RV campers with electricity, water, flushing toilets, and free hot showers. There is a dump station but no sewer hookups for campers. At the individual site, there is an asphalt pad, a picnic table, and fire ring. With the abundance of trees and shrubbery, the lots provide a sense of privacy during your stay. An excellent destination to access Oregon’s Eel Lake and taking advantage of hiking, fishing, and relaxing during your stay. Due to the park’s popularity, reservations are advised.

First-come first-served

William M. Tugman Campground B Loop

Heading out to the park for a last-minute getaway? Weather permitting, B Loop is open from May to mid-September and offers first-come, first-served camping spots. Get there early if you want a spot during the weekend and have a great time at William M. Tugman State Park.

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Seasonal activities in William M. Tugman State Park

In-Season

Getting Out On The Water

Find sunshine and happiness while out on the lake. Bring your canoe or kayak for a memorable family-friendly experience. William M. Tugman State Park offers visitors an ADA-accessible boat ramp that provides easy access to Eel Lake. There is also a swim beach for those who want to take a quick dip during their stay. Catch a few moments of relaxation in nature during your next RV camping trip!

Exploring The Trail

Unplug and as you explore one of Oregon’s natural coastal trail while RV camping at William M. Tugman State Park! Explore the area either by hiking or biking during your stay. Visit the Eel Lake Trail, a 6.6-mile trek that is perfect for hikers of all levels. Walk amongst nature for part of the trail or along the south shoreline of the water and enjoy picturesque views of Eel Lake. Pack sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a hat for your next adventure.

Fishing on Eel Lake

Pack your favorite bait and rod in your campervan for a great fishing experience at Eel Lake! This freshwater lake provides a tranquil spot to catch largemouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, and coho salmon. Next, to the state’s park day area, the state park offers an ADA-accessible fishing dock near the day area and a boat ramp, providing several excellent fishing spots during your stay. Make plans to participate in the free fishing weekend at Eel Lake hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Participants learn about fishing safety and receive a free fishing pole upon completion of the course.

Off-Season

Picnicking

A gorgeous spot next to Eel Lake, this William M. Tugman State Park makes the perfect picnic location at the William Tugman Trailhead. Have fun as you soak up the sunshine, view nature and eat your meal next to the peaceful water. Family-friendly, the area offers access to the lake and also a playground for the kids. Meeting up with a large group? Visitors can reserve the picnic area for reunions or family functions.

Geocaching

Join the world’s largest, unique treasure hunt and explore several places you’ve never been to at William M. Tugman State Park. This is the perfect way to get in a little exercise with a challenge as you capture several of the geocaches sites within the park. Get the whole family together as adventures still continue within this Oregon state park. Enjoy the thrill of victory as you find the different locations.

Stargazing

For the best light show that Mother Nature has to offer, plan on grabbing a blanket and head outside your camper on a clear, crisp night. With the William M. Tugman State Park’s location not too far U.S. Highway 101, the area provides campers views of skies free of light pollution that is perfect for seeing the Milky Way over Eel Lake. Relax as you take in the night sky and don’t forget your telescope!

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