First night in new truck camper — Oregon’s Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Jimmy Smith looking at Dunes from Umpqua Lighthouse viewing area.

For the first night in our ‘new’ 2005 Northern Lite truck camper we drove all of two miles south of Winchester Bay (where we picked up the camper) on the Oregon Coast Highway to the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.

We did not want to be too far from the previous owners (Dan and Becky) just in case we had some questions about the camper’s operating systems.

At this state park near the Pacific Ocean,  RVers can expect, at a minimum, electricity and water for $29/night. Some sites also include sewer. (Tent campers will spend $19/night; hikers and bicyclists: $5/night.) Although our Northern Lite has a wet shower, we always opt for a ‘larger’ shower facility when one is available and this park has nice, clean, hot showers.

Campsite #43 at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park (Julianne G. Crane)

In addition to sites with hookups, there are tent sites, deluxe yurts, and two small log cabins. Our site was overlooking the freshwater Lake Marie. When we took our morning walk along a pleasant trail around the perimeter of the lake. We spotted several family groups fishing. Within a short distance of the campground the 65-foot Umpqua River Lighthouse guards the entrance to Winchester Bay.

To read more about the Umpqua River Lighthouse and Oregon Dunes Recreational Area, click on RV Short Stops.

Photos: (top) Jimmy Smith looking over the sand dunes. (Bottom) Camp site with cabin (on left) at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. (Julianne G. Crane).

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