Despite its close proximity to Highway 101, Tugman State Park is relatively unknown — a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Situated on Eel Lake near the community of Lakeside, Tugman offers campsites with electric/water hookups tucked away in a mature stand of shore pines.
Tugman is centrally located for visitors wishing to explore the Oregon coast from Reedsport to Coos Bay. The famous Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is less than a mile away.
The 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. Maybe you'll catch glimpses of osprey, crane, eagle, deer and other forest creatures as you walk through forests of spruce, cedar, fir, and alder.
The lake is brimming with fishing opportunities. The brush-lined shore, steep drop-off and underwater structure makes it the perfect lake for a bass boat and bass fishing. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass (some running up to five pounds), and other fish species include crappie, rainbow trout (which are stocked), steelhead, and coho salmon. There is a fully-accessible fishing dock at the day-use area near the boat ramp. Trout and bass are often caught from the dock.
Fishing regulations apply to Eel Lake. Check the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife southwest zone web page for the most current information and check posted signs at the boat launch
The day-use area has a restroom and gazebo-style shelter surrounded by broad green lawns. There's plenty of space for large and small groups to enjoy themselves.
Hours are reduced due to Covid-19. The park is open for day use 9 a.m. to dusk. Other service reductions:
Tugman State Park entrace is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you plan to arrive late in the evening your site will be waiting.
If you have reserved a yurt or a cabin, please refer to your confirmation email that contains the combination to the yurt or cabin you have reserved.
There is a dump station available just before the entrance of Tugman's overnight camp. There is a $3.00 suggestion donation.
Wi-fi is not available at Tugman State Park.
No. However, Eel Lake/Tugman State Park Day Use is accessable by trail from the Tugman Overnight Campground.
Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground (firewood bundles can be purchased from the camp hosts), or close to it. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference. For more information, visit dontmovefirewood.org.
No. You must make reservations for campsites or yurts 24 hours to 9 months in advance and are highly recommended.
If you would like to camp tonight or tomorrow night it is first come, first served. The park cannot hold, reserve sites or guaranty availability.
ATV's are not allowed to be used in the park.
Tugman State Park has 8 pet friendly yurts. These are the only yurts that pets are allowed. To reserve a pet friendly yurt please call Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687.
Eel Lake Day Use Area is free.
The park was acquired between 1962 and 1976 through gifts from the Oregon State Game Commission and purchase from private owners. The park protects the public access to and use of Eel Lake, which over many years had become partly filled with logging debris. The lake was cleaned out by the Game Commission prior to its transfer for park purposes. The area has been developed for camping and day use, including boating and swimming and fishing. The name commemorates William M. Tugman (1894-1961), prominent newspaperman of Eugene and Reedsport. Tugman headed Governor Paul Patterson's State Park Advisory Committee, which made the important citizens' report and recommendations on State Parks in 1956. He became the first chairman of the State Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, which was formed in 1957.