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Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial
State Park

Near Florence, Oregon, United States

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Park Overview

This versatile coastal park is tucked in the dunes three miles south of the city of Florence and two miles from the ocean. Known simply as "Honeyman," the park includes the second largest Oregon state park campground and two sparkling freshwater lakes.

Spring brings out the pink rhododendrons. Come summertime, this is a great place for family reunions. The fall huckleberries and blackberries are ripe for the picking. This is truly a park for all seasons.

Know Before You Go

  • Visitors may experience loud noise from May 1 - Sept. 30 due to the proximity of the off-highway vehicle (OHV) management area which is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Year-round Camping

Book up to 6 months in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com

  • 47 full-hookup sites 
  • 121 electrical sites with water
  • 187 tent sites with water nearby
  • 10 yurts (5 pet-friendly) reservations required
  • Six seasonal group tent camping areas
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • Firewood for sale
  • RV dump station
  • Universal Access: Four campsites and two yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.

Cleawox Lake

This small, freshwater lake is flanked by dunes on the south side and forest on the north. The clear water invites fishing, small boating (no wake), and paddling. 

A life jacket loaner station is on site with life jackets of various sizes. Be aware of hidden obstructions beneath the surface. Wearing a life jacket, and making sure it fits properly, saves lives.

Sand Dune Day-use Area

Sand, sand and more sand sweep down to the south shore of Cleawox Lake. You might want to race down the dune and jump in the water for a swim (no lifeguard).

From a large, accessible fishing pier, cast your line for native cutthroat trout, largemouth bass and rainbow trout.

Cleawox Lake Day-use Area

This popular day-use area on the north side of the lake includes several picnic tables with lake views and multiple places along shore to cast your line. A flat, sandy beach beckons sunbathing, sandcastles and splashing in the shallow swim area (no lifeguard).

A reservable shelter is next to ball field, and an historic cooking shelter and picnic shelter are first-come, first-served.

Flush restrooms are available in the historic Bathhouse, one of several structures and trails at the park built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Woahink Lake

Large, open Woahink Lake is perfect for boating, picnicking and swimming along the sandy beach (no lifeguard). A picnic shelter is available for group reservation, and a meeting hall with lake views can accommodates up to 50 people.

Dunes North, Dunes South

The park is located within a 47-mile stretch of dunes from Florence to Coos Bay. Two miles of dunes separate Honeyman from the shoreline, but no marked trails lead to the beach from the park. From October to April, ATVs can drive directly onto the dunes from H Loop.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area visitor center, located 18 miles south in Reedsport, has more information. ATVs can also access the dunes from South Jetty Road in Florence.

Hiking and History

Civilian Conservation Corps crews originally developed some of the park’s trails, including the half-mile trail that connects the Cleawox picnic areas and campground. This trail follows portions of the Cleawox and Lily Lake shorelines and features rhododendrons in the spring. Other trails link the campground and the Cleawox day-use area with the park’s group camp and Woahink Lake. A highway overpass provides safe crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Effective Nov 16, 2022 – May 26, 2023
The campground at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park has the following seasonal closures through May 26, 2023:
  • C Loop, G Loop and F Loop.
  • Sites 57-78 in B Loop (sites 43-56 and 80-86 are available for first-come first-served camping).
Effective Oct 21, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023
California sea lions infected with Leptospirosis are appearing on Oregon beaches. The contagious bacterial infection, and many others, are transmittable to humans and dogs. Please stay away from stranded marine mammals. It is a violation of federal and state laws to harass, disturb, touch or feed marine mammals. Report violations to Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888. For more information, go to mmi.oregonstate.edu/news/california-sea-lions-sick-leptospirosis.
Effective Aug 19, 2022
Emerald Ash Borer, a highly invasive insect, has been sighted in Oregon for the first time. Help contain this extremely damaging insect by following these firewood tips:
  • Buy locally harvested firewood at or near your destination.
  • Buy certified heat-treated firewood ahead of time, if available.
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Day-use parking permit required
(purchase 1-day permit on site)
Day-use parking permit
(1-day purchased on-site)
Buy annual permit
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: Campground Booth 541-997-3641; Office 541-997-3851
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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May I ride my ATV out onto the dunes while camped at Honeyman State Park?

Campers in H Loop are allowed to ride directly onto the dunes from Oct. 1-April 30 only. Campers in other loops, and all campers during Prime Season, are asked not to unload their ATV's within the campground unless a "toy" hauler is being used for camping.

The sand dunes gate will not be opened during "quiet hours" or during Prime Season. 

May I unload and ride my ATV within the campground?

No, ATVs may not be started within the campground.  The only exception to this is Oct. 1 - April 30 when campers in H loop may ride directly out onto the dunes.

What is available at the Honeyman Lodge?

The historic Honeyman Lodge by the Cleawox Lake swim area is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Pedal boats, paddle boards, and kayaks are available to rent by the hour.  Inside the lodge, look for interpretive displays that present the park's history and the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps in developing the park's historic features.

What are the Lodge and day-use facilities hours?

Lodge open 10 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. between Memorial weekend and Labor Day weekend.

East Woahink Day-Use, Sand Dunes Day-Use, West Woahink Day-Use, as well as Woahink Picnic Shelter, West Woahink Meeting Hall, Cleawox Ballfield Picnic Shelter

  • April-May:             8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • June-August:        8:30 a.m. -  8 p.m.
  • September:           8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • October:                8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • November-March: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Can I walk to the beach while camped at Honeyman?

We do NOT recommend that people walk the 2 miles across the dunes to the ocean.  There are no marked trails and the dunes are open to ATV operation.

The closest beach access for vehicles is 2 miles north on Hwy 101 at the Siuslaw South Jetty.  It is a federal area requiring a separate day use parking fee.  The Siuslaw North Jetty has free parking available.

Where can I swim?

Honeyman features two lakes with sandy beaches and roped-off swim areas: Cleawox Lake on the west side of HWY 101 and Woahink lake on the east side of HWY 101. The lakes and rivers found within Oregon State Parks are open to unsupervised swimming. You are responsible for your own safety; please bring and wear a personal flotation device and swim with a buddy.

Do I have to pay to park?

A $5 day-use parking fee is required for day-use visitors and can be purchased at the kiosks located in the day-use parking lots. Annual and 24-month parking passes for all 25 parks that charge a parking fee can be purchased at the park office by appointment (call 541-997-3851), or online at store.oregonstateparks.org

If you are camping at a state park, you don't need a day-use parking permit. Just display your current state park camping receipt on your dashboard.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

Purchased from private owners between 1930 and 1936, the area was named to honor Jessie M. Honeyman of Portland (1852-1948), a leading advocate of roadside beautification, Oregon parks and scenic preservation. She was a tireless supporter and guide to Samuel Boardman, the first Oregon State Parks Superintendent. Civilian Conservation Corps forces under National Park Service direction, designed and constructed improvements superbly adapted to their surroundings between 1935 to 1940. Among the features included in a special district listed in the National Register of Historic Places are the stone and log Cleawox Lake bathhouse (1938); the park caretaker's house and garage (1936-37), now the park office; and several rustic kitchen shelters (1937). Other day-use facilities and landscaped roadways with stone curbings were constructed by CCC, and the sloped cuts on the Coast Highway were planted with shrubs. Overnight camping facilities were added on the south side of Cleawox Lake beginning in 1952. In the late 1950s, Honeyman Park was listed in Life Magazine as one of the outstanding state parks in the United States.

Brochures and Maps

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