William M. Tugman State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities for travelers of the Oregon Coast and locals alike. Located near the community of Lakeside, roughly 17 miles north of Coos Bay and 10 miles south of Reedsport, Tugman State Park is home to Eel Lake and has extensive lawns, ideal for spending the afternoon lounging beneath large, mature shore pines.
The day-use area has a gazebo, playground, public restrooms, and a number of picnic benches a stone’s throw from the sandy shores of Eel Lake. The boat ramp, north of the lawns and playground, has a floating dock extending into the water and is a good spot for fishing with kids.
For overnight travelers exploring the Oregon Coast, the park offers nearly 100 campsites all wired for electrical “hook-ups” and plumbed for water. Due to its close proximity to the Oregon Dunes Recreation area, the park is a popular summer destination for ATVers, fisherman, and campers alike.
Park rates can vary with the seasons, but the Oregon.gov. website lists the rates as follows-
October 1 to April 30, considered the “Discovery Season,” the electrical and water hookups cost $17, the hiker/biker per person per night is $5. There are also Yurts available and they cost $39 per night. There is also a $5 extra vehicle charge which could include ATVs. From May 1 to September 30, electrical and water jump to $20, but fees for hikers, bikers, yurts and extra vehicles stays the same. Call 1-800-452-5687 for reservations.
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