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.

hiking
28 days ago

backpacking
30 days ago

We did this hike on Christmas day. It was lovely. Unfortunately the last part of the trail leading through the coastal forest to the beach was flooded and inaccessible. But for me it was the beautiful dune scenery that made this hike special.

Great hike so glad we decided to go all the way to the beach. 5 miles round trip and just follow the markers. We spotted some coyote prints in the sand neat! I would definitely do this again.

5 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

A nice lake, park, and trails. There are 2 trails. The one to the left is 2 miles. The one to the right is the 6 mile trail. This trail is well groomed and easy to navigate. Good one for most people.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

we did not.get to hike the dunes because of our dog, so we cannot really say... the rest of the hike is pretty basic.

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.

great hike has a mix of every kind of beauty

hiking
8 months ago

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.

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