Despite its close proximity to Highway 101, Tugman State Park is relatively unknown -- a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Situated on Eel Lake near the community of Lakeside, Tugman offers 94 campsites with electric/water hookups tucked away in a mature stand of shore pines. The day-use area has a restroom and gazebo-style shelter surrounded by broad green lawns. There's plenty of space for large and small groups to enjoy themselves. The waters of Eel Lake are outstanding for fishing, swimming, canoeing, sailing and boating. A trail around the south end of the lake allows hikers to get away from the developed area of the park and explore the lakes many inlets. Maybe you'll catch glimpses of osprey, crane, eagle, deer and other forest creatures as you walk through forests of spruce, cedar, fir, and alder. The famous Oregon Dunes Recreation area is less than a mile away. Tugman is centrally located for visitors wishing to explore the Oregon coast from Reedsport to Coos Bay. Eel Lake is brimming with fishing opportunities. The brush-lined shore, steep drop-off and underwater structure makes it the perfect lake for a bass boat and bass fishing. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass (some running up to five pounds), and other fish species include crappie, rainbow trout (which are stocked), steelhead, and coho salmon. All coho, even those under 15 inches must be released. There is a fully-accessible fishing dock at the day use area near the boat ramp. Trout and bass are often caught from the dock.
Bobby Q. on John Dellenback Trail
Couldn't take our dog on most of the trail because of the dunes. Part of trail goes through back of campgrounds.
Great trail. Though it won't crush your legs or cardio, it will sooth the soul. Hard pack trail, low rocks and rubble. Heavy canopy, great for a summer hike. Bugs and spiderwebs were few even in August and with the lake nearby. Very light undulating path. Great for those who hiking is not there thing but good enough to get some exercise. Very beautiful.
I loved this trail! You get a little Forrest, sand dune hiking and the Ocean. The terrain is not for someone unsteady on their feet. The dunes are clearly marked with posts and it takes you right to the ocean. This trail offers great photo opportunities and a pretty decent workout.
Amazing hike! The trail posts are well spaced out to keep track of the trail across the sand. Once you're out amongst the dunes, it's worth it. The last part of the hike to the beach is through a grove of trees, so you get a bit of everything. Keep in mind the majority of the trail is sand with varying degrees of firmness. It is not ideal for those accustomed to well groomed or paved paths.
I liked part of this trail, the difficulty after breaking an ankle is I can not walk on dunes and had to back track. also I think the trial is poorly marked. very confusing once you hit the campground. the first 1/4 mile is nice. I walk to the campground, around the campground loop, and back to my car with the dogs. that part is easy.
I hiked this trail while camping at the Winchester Bay dunes. The trail goes all along the water which makes for an excellent view the entire way. Even though the trail starts at a large park with a playground and possibly a swimming area, we met very few people and enjoyed some quiet solitude. The weather went back and forth between sunny and rainy but we stayed relatively dry due to the tree cover. We went a long way without reaching any obvious end but the trial became noticeably less traveled or maintained which might mean that we passed it. The trail is pretty easy with no real elevation, but kinda muddy with some slippery, sketchy log bridges. It would be great for older children (probably 8 and up) or baby carrying.
I've hiked here many times. It's easier in the winter as the rain makes the sand hard. Beautiful wide-open views to the ocean. Stick with the markers if you want a trail through the deflation plain and expect the trail to be over-the-top-of-your-shoes filled with water. This area often has interesting wind-sculptures. You will probably have the beach to yourself if you make it that far. I would not do this hike in rain or extreme wind. It's five miles out and back.
This is a great trail if you really want to consider the vastness of the Oregon dunes. Trailhead is easy to find and access, half mile or so of dunal forest, which is a nice warmup to the immense and seemingly endless dunes you reach after a short ascent up fairly soft sand. You can make this into a short mile loop with a view, or you can venture out onto the dunes for literally hours. The trail eventually leads to the beach, but we haven't ventured that far yet --- it is probably 5 to 6 miles but will seem longer since you have to walk over dunes for some length of time. Highly recommended for kids, but remind them of the distances -- that section of trees over there could be much further than you think! Great fun on a cool, sunny day.