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.

29 days ago

Great trail for both the inexperienced and kids! Was able to go with my 3 nephews all under 8 yers old and my dog! Very pretty trail around the lake! Kind of sad it is not a loop trail but overall it was really enjoyable!

4 months ago

Love this trail. We have never made it but a little past the 1 mile marker. Very quite and peaceful. It is some up and down hill along this path.
Beautiful view.

Love this gorgeous place. We hiked to the beach with the pup. Broad expanses, sand formations, shadows from the drifting fog. Followed the trail markers on the way out, on the way back took the high dunes. Peaceful adventuring in an amazing location. Will be back.

Lots of sand. Best in morning.

6 months ago

Seemed longer than 6.1 miles.. Not sure where it ended. Came to a point where it was too mucky to continue. Our fitbits and Samsung health both tracked it as being much longer than a total of 6.1 miles.

Loved the views. Marker on trail in disrepair. Notice should be posted when trail to ocean flooded.

This trail is a great coastal trail because it goes thru several different environments (forest, dunes, beach). It is well marked, but very wet towards the last wooded area before the beach. Many puddles were 4-6 inches deep and unavoidable.

10 months ago

I hiked the trail on a moody February day after a light snowfall over the dunes; that made for a very interesting, if unusual, experience.
There are four distinct sections on that trail. The first section (about .4 miles) starts from the parking lot and meanders through a forested area before reaching the dunes. It is part of an "Interpretive loop" that circles around the Eel Creek campground.

The second section (1.5 miles) is the crossing of the dunes. No "trail" to speak of here and a little loitering around is a good way to experience the diversity of the dunescape (climb the top of large ones, go around pools of water, circle "witches eyes, etc.). Wooden poles are placed at more stable spots (small hills anchored by grass) to give the general direction toward beach access. Take time to locate them as they may be far apart in some spots.

The third section (.5 miles) is the crossing of the band of trees and brushes that separate the sand dunes from the beach. It is not easy to find the "entrance" to the path; use GPS, keep an eye for the wooden poles with the blue band, walk a bit north or south from where the entrance "should be". On the february day of my hike, several parts of the path were under water (up to a foot) and I had no choice but to wade through these pools. The second half of the crossing was better as a planks pathway provided an elevated route through the marshy area.

The fourth and last section is the beach which I decided to follow south all the way to the Tenmile Creek estuary (2 miles / 4 round trip). As always on a beach walk, be aware of tides and rogue waves.

This is a truly great trail; you can tailor it to your stamina and time allowance to make it the best experience for you.

It was a very beautiful hike! A few muddy spots but not too bad. I saw 2 bald eagles right before the sun went down.

11 months ago

Great App! There were some trails on here that I didn't even know about! Thanks All Trails!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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 ✌️

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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

on Eel Lake Trail

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

Monday, May 08, 2017

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

Friday, May 05, 2017

Play area for kids. Great hike!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great view! Good workout in sand.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Couldn't take our dog on most of the trail because of the dunes. Part of trail goes through back of campgrounds.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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.

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