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.

a fantastic trail that allows many paths through the dunes. The views are amazing!

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

9/24/17 • Parking at Tugman Park, walk through field with playground, past the fish ladder and you will find the trail head at a bridge. I started my hike at 1:30 and finished about 5:00 but stopped a lot for pictures and viewing. This trail starts out wide and easy and follows the southern side of Eel Lake. A few area's where small streams cross have old logs that could be challenging if wet. Weather was perfect for shorts and T-shirt. I took one small pack with 20 ounce water bottle and it worked out perfect. There were a lot of huckleberries and they were prime for the picking. Plan on seeing a lot of ducks in the various Coves as you trek, as well as Chipmunks. There is a large clear-cut above you on the Southeast side that you could possibly see black bear, elk, deer and many other Oregon native animals. There were a few small stretches of the trail where it narrowed and the dirt was still wet so it was a bit muddy but then it would open back up. I could not find an end of trail sign. The trail seem to end in an area that was swampy with skunk patch. I side hilled for a while on a makeshift cleared trail but it did not go anywhere so it would be nice to have a sign saying in the trail. If you do this trail and you see a log across the trail with two red straps I think that is the end of the trail. This trail was actually more challenging than I thought it was going to be but I had a lot of fun and take lots of pictures. Thanks for reading!

Doug DeShazer ✌️

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2 months ago

nice little trail. The last mile is pretty neglected and lots of bear skat after mile 2.5.....

Nice hike along lake. More easy than moderate. For the first 2 miles this is an easy walking well maintained path. Pass the 2 mile marker the trail deteriorated becoming narrow and overgrown for about 1/4 mile then turns better but not as good as before. A little beyond 3 miles (from start) trail gets small and muddy (in August) and we turned around.

Note; Some reviews said was hard to find. If in day use area this trail does not start near lake but up a bit - if in day use meadow look for clearing in brush/trees and enter there. Or you can go to the RV dump place and you will see a blocked off dirt road there that you can take toward lake. In either case you will come to a bridge with the trail sign marking the start.

on Eel Lake Trail

3 months ago

Excellent walk along the southern rim of Eel Lake. Mostly shaded with a well marked path. This is a good beginner's walk, too.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

After trail enters dunes, difficult walking due to loose sand. Need to be in good shape to make the entire distance. Part of trail through low vegative area where walking is easier. At one time and possibly current, one of the best examples of a "witch's eye" about 1/4 of the way out. That is a large cone like depression with slopes near 33 degrees all around. Don't worry - safe (sand has acheived max angle of repose) but will be alarming to those who have never seen this phenomenon before. Side in shadow appears vertical although it is not.

Absolutely loved this trail wasn't hardly any people when we went which was nice.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

I have yet to attempt hiking to the beach from this trailhead. However, this is one of my FAVORITE HIKES WITH KIDS IN THE AREA. The trailhead has shaded parking, picnic tables and toilets. The initial portion of the trail is a short loop (about a mile). There is a creek crossing, views of a pond, native vegetation and a few informative plaques about the dunes on the southern portion of the loop. Half way around the loop opens onto the dunes. It's relatively sheltered from the wind and a great place to let the kids kick off their shoes and run wild for a while. Hike up to the top of the large dune for some fantastic views before heading back around the loop to the trailhead. I'd recommend packing sunscreen, water and a snack and planning about 2 hours for this great little outing.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Love this place and I go a few times a month.

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6 months ago

Trail was scenic and nice. Good hike for kids & if you're looking for a leisurely walk with lots to see. After 2 miles the trail got very narrow with overgrown vegetation which is why I didn't rate it higher.

We did not walk to the ocean due to time of day. However we walked the dunes and it was a great experience. The dunes are large and footing on the sand can be challenging at times but worth the effort

awsome views lots dune hikeing take your time soak it all in. will be hikeing it again soon

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