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.
This small, freshwater lake is flanked by dunes on the south side and forest on the north. The clear water invites fishing and nonmotorized boating and paddling.
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). Sandboards are also available for rent seasonally.
From a large, accessible fishing pier, cast your line for native cutthroat trout, largemouth bass and rainbow trout.
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). Kayaks, pedal boats and paddle boards are available to rent, and calm Cleawox Lake is the perfect place for beginners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The historical Honeyman Lodge by the Cleawox swim area is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Pedal Boats, Canoes, and Kayaks are available to rent by the half hour or hour. Interpretive Displays and books are available for viewing while sitting and enjoying a cup of coffee. Souvenirs of your stay are available for purchase.
It is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. between Memorial weekend and Labor Day weekend.
The shore pines at Honeyman had grown in too close together over the past 70 years and were reaching the end of their life span. These weak and spindly trees posed a hazard to visitors as was as park structures. This past winter contractors removed these trees from the Cleawox area leaving better views of the lake, more room for healthy trees, as well as less overhead hazards for visitors. Although this area may look different at first many have commented that they are happy with the changes.
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.
Honeyman offers two lakes Cleawox lake on the west side of HWY 101 and Woahink lake on the east side of HWY 101. Both lakes have a sandy beaches and roped off swimming areas. The lakes and rivers found within Oregon State Parks are open to unsupervised swimming. You are responsible for your own safety. Before you enter the water, you should judge your swimming skills against possible strong currents, cold water, underwater objects and steep drop-offs. Please bring and wear a personal flotation device and swim with a buddy.
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.