Holiday camping at Oregon’s Tugman State Park with RV friends Ann & Hank David



AnnHankDavid_JulianneGCrane We were looking for a special way to celebrate the Holidays and asked our Escapee RV friends, Ann and Hank David  if we could join them at Oregon’s Tugman State Park where they are campground hosting during December.

They let us know that there are plenty of available sites, so we headed over to the Coast for a couple of days of seasonal celebration, delicious holiday cooking and friendship with good people.

In spite of the park’s close proximity to Oregon’s Highway 101, Tugman State Park is “relatively unknown,” according to Oregon’s State Parks.

It sits near the Oregon Coast on Eel Lake close to the community of Lakeside and is conveniently located for RVers wishing to explore the Oregon Coast between Reedsport to Coos Bay.

It is said that “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 lake’s many inlets.  We hope to catch a glimpse of osprey, crane, eagle and other forest creatures as we walk through pine, spruce, cedar, fir and alder forest.

TugmanSP-signWe are really happy to hear that Tugman offers 94 campsites with water and electricity (for our little space heater … it is winter).
– 16 yurts (6 are pet-friendly – call 1-800-452-5687, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday  – Friday, except holidays to reserve pet friendly yurts.)
– Hot showers and flush toilets
– Hiker/bicyclist camp
– RV dump station
– Universal Access — Two campsites and 11 yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.

Rates —
Electrical $20 (Oct 1 to April 30); $24 (May 1 to Sept. 30)
Extra vehicle: $7; Hiker-biker/per person: $5;
Yurt $43 (includes an RV hookup); Pet Friendly Yurt: $53

Link to map: Click here.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: Top: Eel Lake in Tugman State Park (Courtesy of Oregon State Parks). Middle: Ann and Hank David with their feisty pet companions. (Julianne G. Crane). Bottom: Park sign. (Courtesy of Oregon State Parks).

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