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Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Near Florence, Oregon, United States

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Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is located less than a mile from the famous Salmon Harbor on Winchester Bay. The campground and developed day use areas are centered around beautiful Lake Marie. Access to this small freshwater lake is provided for angling and non-motorized boating. There is also a small sandy beach set aside for swimming or just relaxing.

The small overnight campground offers RV and tent campsites, along with two beautiful one-room log cabins. These warm and cozy cabins sleep four comfortably. They also have covered porches which overlook picturesque Lake Marie. Rustic and deluxe yurts are also available in the campground . Showers and restrooms are centrally located. This beautiful and quiet campground has yet to be discovered by crowds of camping enthusiasts.

The park is centered in the stretch of towering sand dunes protected by the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. These dunes, many of which reach heights of 500 feet or more, are ideal for the off-road enthusiast, or for the person who enjoys the magnificent wonders of nature. For more information about the dunes and the recreational opportunities offered, contact the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area visitor center in nearby Reedsport.

The Umpqua River Lighthouse towers above the entrance to Winchester Bay. The 65-foot tower contains a distinctive lens which emits a red and white flash. The lighthouse and adjacent museum are operated and maintained by the Douglas County Parks Department.  For information about museum and lighthouse tours, call (541) 271-4631.

Campground

  • 12 full hookup sites
  • Eight electrical sites with water
  • 23 tent sites with water nearby
  • Two rustic yurts (one pet-friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
  • Six deluxe yurts (three pet-friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
  • Two rustic log cabins (one pet-friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Hot showers and flush toilets

Universal Access
One deluxe yurt is accessible to campers with disabilities.

Effective Sep 18, 2020
Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 
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Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-271-4118
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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Can I walk to the beach from my campsite at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park?

No.  There is no beach access from the park.  The beach is a short 5 minute drive away from the campground.

What if I have a reservation but I can't arrive until very late in the evening?

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park entrance 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.

Can I fish in Lake Marie?

Yes!  Lake Marie is stocked with rainbow trout 3 times a year.  Non motorized boats are allowed on the lake.

Do I have to pay a fee to park my car and have a picnic at Lake Marie Day Use Area?

Lake Marie Day Use Area is free.

Can I sign up for a lighthouse tour at the park?

No.    Douglas County currently maintains and operates the Umpqua River Lighthouse.  Information about museum and lighthouse tours can be obtained by calling 541-271-4631.  If you mention it took 240,000 bricks to construct the lighthouse tower, you'll get a tour discount.

I want to camp tonight, can I make a reservation?

No.  You must make reservations 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 or reserve sites or guarantee availability.

How do I make a reservation?

You can make a reservation at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park by calling Reservations Northwest toll free at 1-800-452-5687 Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You may also make reservations online by clicking on the green reserve online button at the top of this page.

Our sites are reservable 24 hours to 9 months in advance.  If you don't reserve OR would like to camp tonight or tomorrow night you can simply show up and take your chances.

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Do I have to pay to use the shower if I am camping at the campground?

  The showers are available for no charge to campers in the campground.

Are there any campsites, yurts or cabins on Lake Marie?

No.  However, there are short walking trails from the campground around Lake Marie.  The odd numbered deluxe yurts and the 2 rustic cabins do offer a stunning view of the lake.

Where is the nearest RV dump station?

There is a dump station located at  William Tugman overnight campground, about 5 miles south of Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.  There is a $3.00 suggested donation.

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Can I ride my ATV from my campsite to the dunes?

No.  We do not allow ATV use in the park.  There are staging areas available in Winchester Bay.

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Are pets allowed in the park?

Yes! Pets are welcome at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.  All pets must be confined by the owner, or on a leash not more than six (6) feet long, and kept under physical control at all times.  You're responsible for removal of all waste.  Pets must stay quiet during campground quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

I would like to stay in a yurt or a cabin. Can I bring my dog or my cat?

One deluxe yurt is now pet friendly to dogs and cats. There is a $10 per night fee for any reservation or walk-in to a pet designated yurt.

 

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

Lands for this park were acquired between 1930 and 1951. Much of the original park was given to the state by Douglas County. Additional lands were purchased from the U. S. Government and private owners. In 1951, Menasha Wooden Ware Company donated just over one hundred acres. In 1968, a small surplus was returned to Douglas County. With the creation of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA) on the surrounding Siuslaw National Forest in 1972, an exchange of land was made with the U. S. Forest Service. The state of Oregon deeded 2,265 acres to the ODNRA in exchange for 1,006.48 acres of potential park land in Deschutes, Klamath and Lane counties. This exchange was completed in 1981. In its original conception, Umpqua Lighthouse Park was acquired to preserve the forested basin of Lake Marie plus a large ocean frontage with adjoining sand dunes. The park extended to the Oregon Coast Highway and bordered Clear Lake, the Reedsport water source, on its westerly side. Trees in the park included large Sitka spruce, western hemlock and shore pine as well as large specimens of rhododendron. The present Umpqua River Lighthouse was built in 1894 to signal the entrance to the Umpqua River. It replaced an earlier aid to navigation and remains a feature of the adjoining U. S. Coast Guard lighthouse base. Development of facilities in the state park began with trails and a picnic area at Lake Marie constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. In the late 1950s, an overnight camping area was added.

Brochures and Maps

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.