A very pleasant state park ~30 miles south of Florence by a large inland lake on the central OR coast.
- Site Quality = 3.5/5
Very decent sites here with just a few dings. All sites are flat paved back-in with 50Amp/water (no sewer), picnic table, fire-pit and good access throughout. Site separation is decent, probably a tad more cramped than other state parks we’ve been to on the coast. However there’s lots of trees/green everywhere so privacy is good. Outer loop sites are nicely slanted and the best bet for big-rigs especially if you can get some of the sites on the back corners (slightly bigger). Inside loop sites are smaller and almost right-angle to the road making poor access for bigger rigs. No lake-views from the sites, but lots of green & trees. The main ding is west-side sites are close to 101 and so get some road noise.
- Facilities = 4/5
Good facilities here. Large flush toilets and showers kept nicely clean. Only ding is that showers don’t get quite as warm as I’d like. On-site dump station.
- Location = 4/5
Good location here. Campground is on a lovely lake with large grassy day-use area and fishing, canoeing, swimming and pretty 3-mile hiking trail along the lake-side. You are only a few miles from dune access (e.g. John Dellenback Trail) and the lovely Umpqua Lighthouse and Winchester Bay. Only slight ding is no direct beach/dune access from camp.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Great location for doggie. Lots of space to hang out in camp and around the lake and day-use area. Good hiking around the lake with more hiking on the dunes nearby. Dog-friendly beach only a few miles away at Ziolkouski Beach Park . Poo bags provided in camp.
Overall Rating = 4.1
BONUS ALERT: Lovely Eel Lake right by the campground!
Summary: Another lovely Oregon State Park. This is dune-county so this particular park is actually a few miles in-land and on the other side of 101 by a lake. Well-sized flat, paved sites with decent privacy and 50Amp/water. Outsite loop sites are nicely slanted and good for big rigs. The only real dings are that west-side sites are close to 101 and so get some road-noise plus inner-loop sites are almost at right angles to the road (poor access). Lovely large green day-use area and beautiful lake access (no-wake boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming etc.) with cute hiking trail around part of the lake. Location is great for exploring the Oregon Dunes and the surrounding area. There is no direct access from camp, but you’re only ~1 mile drive from the fabulous John Dellenback Trail and short drive to Umpqua Lighthouse and Winchester Bay (ATVing, beach, harbor). At this time of year the campground was was relatively empty during the week, but completely full on the week-end. Big bonus is excellent Verizon signal! Overall a relaxing and pleasant campground at a very reasonable price. We’d stay here again.
Extra Info: Very good 3G on Verizon (3-4 bars). Total 40 sites (50Amp/water). Sites cost $20/night in summer season, $17/night in off-season, all reservable on-line. On-site dump station.
Extra, Extra Info – Camping Closer to Dunes/Water?: There is actually a ton of other camping in the immediate area some of which gets you closer to the dunes/water if that’s your goal:
1/ For avid ATVers there are 2 campgrounds with direct ATV access to the dunes in Winchester Bay -> Discovery Point RV and county-owned Half Moon Bay (non hook-up). If you’re into dune-buggy riding it doesn’t get much closer than this.
2/ For water-lovers Winchester Bay offers no less than 3 RV options and if you want water-views this is the place to go. Upscale county-owned Winchester Bay RV Resort offers manicured, gorgeous full water views for $42/night, laid-back Windy Cove offers FHU for $23/night just across the street from the resort, and finally Salmon Harbor Marina offers dry-camp water-front parking for $14/night.