Explore the most popular trails in William M. Tugman State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

beautiful lake. the trail is in good shape except for a couple spots. i turned around about 1/2 mile from the end because i didnt want to cross the last slippery, rotten log bridge.

hiking
23 days ago

Nice easy hike with good views of the lake. Pretty narrow after the 2 mile mark and a couple of the log bridges looked a little sketchy, but they held all of my 275 lbs.

hiking
27 days ago

We hiked this on Wednesday 5/29/19 under sunny skies and mid-70 F temps. We started around 10am. There were 2 other people on the trail in front of us and we passed 4 more on the way back. Truly a secluded experience. The first mile of the trail is through trees and is somewhat shaded. At the first fork continue straight. The left trail is the return trail and leads you to dry sandy trail through dunes while the right fork leads through a compacted dirt path through the woods and rhododendrons. After coming out of the woods you’re confronted with a vast expanse of dunes in front of you or you can turn left, skirt the dunes, and complete the short loop back to the TH. We went straight into the dunes. The next 2 miles or so are across sand and the trail is whatever you make of it. You follow posts In the sand that are about 4 feet tall with a blue painted stripe around the top. Maybe 100 yards between posts? My buddy and I ascended the tallest dune on the left of the “trail” and hiked along the ridge until we hit the wooded section buffering the ocean and the dunes. My wife and friend walked the “trough” from post to post. The ridge was very windy but the sand firm and the views outstanding. The swales and ridges were really cool and it would’ve been a lot better at sunrise/sunset to see the shadows, but it was around 11am when we hit this section and the ridges were harder to see. Down in the “trough” where my wife was the sand was a little softer and the elevation changes more numerous. If you’ve hiked on dry sand at a beach, you’ll know what it’s like. For that reason I recommend hiking along the ridge. Once you hit the tree line, you make a 90 degree turn to the right for about a 1/4 mile. Looks like they detoured the trail from what I had seen previously recorded on this app. The last stretch of trail to the ocean was muddy in spots with some standing water but we were able to navigate around them with no problems. The beach was desolate and secluded with the only life in sight being the 2 hikers in front of us, sea birds, and vegetation. After a snack we returned the way we came but once back across the dunes you enter a different wooded section to complete the nature trail loop hike. I do not recommend completing the loop since you’re hiking in dry sand for most of the remaining section of the loop. Dry sand that was worse than anything on the 2 mile dune traverse. Just return the way you came when you first started the hike. I absolutely loved this hike, my wife didn’t. We live on the east coast and frequent N.C. beaches annually so walking in sand is not unique. Walking on top of 200 foot sand dunes is though. Had the weather been hotter or no wind, this could’ve been like walking through a desert but it was windy and cool enough to be enjoyable. Definitely a different type of hike than one normally would experience.

hiking
1 month ago

This was such a cool hike. The sand dunes were so unique. You have to follow the poles, painted blue at the top, since there’s no “trail” in the sand, but it was easy to navigate. The last mile through the vegetation to the beach was a little overgrown and wet, but passable. I was glad I was wearing long pants. It was worth going all the way to the beach for the variety. I highly recommend this hike!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Easy beautiful hike

hiking
1 month ago

The trail starts in a forest and leads you for about a mile through a wooded area edited opening up into the Oregon Dunes. From there, one can take a walk through the dunes towards the ocean and find some shade in small tree-lined oases. The hike through the sand dunes is an experience unlike any other hike, and climbing the high dunes provides a good cardiovascular exercise especially if you run up the hills. The trail is not in the Tugman State Park but is part of the National Forest Service-maintained Oregon National Dunes Recreational Area, which requires a day pass ($5 per car and day) different from the Oregon State Park Pass; the NW Forest Pass and the National Park Pass are accepted.

on Eel Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This is a very nice trail with moderate elevation. Perfect for little kids, too. A very pleasant hike in a dense forest close to the lake shore with wonderful views across Eel Lake. It is also a good trail for trail runs if you go during less busy times as the trail is narrow and you will often encounter family groups during busier times. It’s easy to estimate the potential number of hikers from the cars in the various parking lots of Tugman SP.

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Really pretty but just dead ends in a swamp and then you have to hike back. Weather was perfect and windy and everything is neon green.

hiking
3 months ago

this trail is awesome in the early spring. Muddy in some spots but that comes with the territory this time of year. No dogs allowed. We only found this out after arriving at the trail head. Luckily we left ours at home. Get here early to beat the crowds!!

hiking
3 months ago

They fixed all the bridges! No more squishy and uncertain logs!

Beautiful dunes walk, just keep.an eye out for the posts.marking the way. The last portion of trail had standing water of 6inches or more so did not complete. Bring waterproof shoes or anticipate we feet. There is a sign noting no dogs on the beach from roughly March-Sept ( I think)

hiking
5 months ago

Quick one mile hike if you just walk the loop. We walked a bit further to the top of the dunes and there was a great view of the ocean.

hiking
5 months ago

Heavy salamander traffic! Watch you step. Not just for the little crawly critters but also the makeshift bridges. Those things are just rotten logs laid down across the run off areas. They are far from safe, so watch your step!

walking
6 months 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!

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous views of the dunes, beach, and coastal foliage.

9 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.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Lots of sand. Best in morning.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

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.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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

Thursday, March 08, 2018

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.

hiking
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

hiking
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 ✌️

hiking
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.

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