Washburne is located on the east side of Highway 101 with a buffer of native plants and trees between you and the highway. The campsites are spacious and are available on a first come first served basis except for the two yurts which are reservable. There are several trails of varying difficulty leading from the campsites to the beach, wildlife viewing areas, and second-growth forests.
A walking trail leads you under the highway to a five-mile sandy beach and a day-use area, where you'll find space to watch whales, hunt agates, beachcomb, and picnic. Another trail connects you to the Heceta Head trail, which you can use to reach the historic Heceta Head lighthouse.
In the campground at night, you can hear the pounding surf. There is a creek running through the campground, and elk have been known to wander through. Wild rhododendrons bloom in spring.
Site 30 is accessible to campers with disabilities.
The walk-in tent sites (sites #71-77) are open from May through September each year. When tent sites are closed 7 sites in "B" loop have been designated as tent sites. You are welcome to tent camp in these sites at the designated tent price. If you chose a non-designated site you must pay the site price. Current site prices are posted at fee station.
Currently, the only two sites that are reservable at Washburne State Park are the two yurts. All other sites are available on a first come first served basis.
The original tract was acquired by gift from the Narcissa Washburne Estate in 1962. The park was named in honor of Carl G. Washburne, husband of Narcissa, Eugene businessman and Oregon Highway commissioner 1932 to 1935. Negotiations for the park were started by Samuel Boardman in 1936.