Carl G. Washburne Memorial (Oregon) State Park, just a few miles north of Heceta Head Lighthouse, is a perfect base for intertidal exploration and family RV camping. The campground is located on the east side of U.S. 101, 14 mi. north of Florence and about 12 miles south of Yachats.
There are 50 full-hookup ($31), 7 electrical ($28), 7 walk-in tent ($21), hiker/biker camp ($5), 2 yurts ($44). Max. site 57-feet.
-Facilities include flush toilets and hot showers. RV dump station in day-use area.
-Year-round campsites are first-come, first served — yurts are reservable. Universal Access Site #30 is accessible to campers with disabilities.
-Whale watching, tide-pooling, beach-combing. 6-mile round-trip trail to Heceta Head Lighthouse.
– 5 miles of beach. The rocky pools at nearby Neptune’s Strawberry Hill could take all day to explore.
“Oregon’s 362-mile coastline is home to a rich mix of extraordinary animals, revealed only when the tide retreats. Colorful rocky shore species like anemones, crabs, sea stars, and barnacles have adapted to the volatile environment where land meets sea. Start your exploration at one of 27 state parks, some of which offer roving interpreters and seasonal tidepool programs,” according to the Oregon State Parks Guide.
“Check oregontidepools.org and OPRD calendar for a list of tidepool programs at these and other parks. Whether you decide to explore on your own or join a guided program, it’s important to treat these fragile ecosystems gently. – More information and tidepool etiquette are in the Tidepools are Alive brochure.”
Read more about the Heceta Head Lighthouse in RV Short Stops.
Click on photos to enlarge: Top: Beach near Carl B. Washburne State Park. (OSPD). Bottom: Heceta Head Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s House (Julianne G. Crane).