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Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
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Umpqua Lighthouse State Park © Nathan L Kaufman
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Lighthouse Lamp © Dima Barashkov
One can take a tour that gives you an inside look.
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Lake Marie © Dima Barashkov
Lake Marie in the Umpqua Lighthouse State park. Taken from a trail that goes around the whole lake.
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park © Becky Lowe
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Lighthouse © Dima Barashkov
Night-shot of the Umpqua Lighthouse.
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Reedsport, Oregon   97467
(lat:43.6625 lon:-124.1936) map location

Phone: 800-551-6949
Reservations: 541-271-4118
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. Two rustic yurts and six deluxe yurts are also available in the campground (the deluxe yurts feature restrooms, a kitchenette, TV/VCR and beds). 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 or call (541) 271-3611.

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. Tours are offered May 1 through September 30.
History of the Area
Located in Douglas County, Oregon, this park is home to the Umpqua River Lighthouse which stands at its heart. The lighthouse was first built in 1857 but due to poor construction and erosion from harsh weather conditions it collapsed a few years later.

In response to the loss of the original structure, another one was constructed on higher ground about half a mile away from where the initial building stood. This second iteration of Umpqua's beacon came into operation by December 1894 with an impressive lens imported all way from France that projected light visible up till twenty-one miles offshore.

The area surrounding this iconic landmark became increasingly popular over time leading authorities towards developing recreational facilities around it for public use. In fact, during World War II before becoming officially recognized as state property; these grounds were used by military personnel stationed nearby who enjoyed fishing here off-duty hours.

By late-1940s post-war period saw surplus federal land being transferred back under control local governments or repurposed civilian uses such as parks recreation areas etc., thus paving path eventual establishment what we now know today's beloved destination among locals tourists alike offering camping sites picnic spots along beautiful coastal views rich wildlife diversity including deer sea lions seals various bird species native region.

 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
1. Yurts: The park has 8 yurt sites available, each equipped with electricity, heat and lights.

2. RV Camping: There are full-hookup campsites that can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 45 feet long.

3. Tent Sites: For those who prefer traditional camping, there are tent-only campgrounds as well which come with picnic tables and fire pits/grills.

4. Deluxe Cabins & Cottages: These offer more comfort than the typical campground setup; they have private bathrooms/showers along with kitchen facilities including microwave ovens and refrigerators.

5. Hiker/Biker Camps: This is an economical option designed specifically for individuals or small groups traveling on foot or by bicycle.

6. Group Tent Areas: If you're planning a trip involving several families or friends together then this could be your best bet!

Remember all these accommodations require reservations especially during peak season (May-September). Amenities like showers/restrooms/laundry/dump station etc., vary depending upon type of accommodation chosen so it's always better to check beforehand while making bookings!
1. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park offers swimming in Lake Marie, a freshwater lake.
2. The lake is safe for all ages with its calm waters and sandy beach area.
3. Lifeguards are not on duty so swimmers should exercise caution when entering the water.
4. Swimming aids such as floaties or life jackets can be used to ensure safety while swimming.
5. There's also an opportunity for snorkeling due to clear visibility underwater at certain times of the year.
6. The park does not provide any swim gear; visitors must bring their own equipment.

Enjoy fishing at the freshwater Lake Marie, known for its stocked rainbow trout. Anglers can also catch largemouth bass here.

The nearby Umpqua River offers opportunities to fish for Chinook salmon and steelhead during certain seasons.

Crabbing and clamming are popular activities along Winchester Bay's coastline where you might find Dungeness crab or purple varnish clams.

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park offers picnic tables with stunning views, BBQ grills and easy access to the beach.
1. Umpqua Lighthouse Loop: A 0.8-mile loop trail that offers scenic views of the lighthouse and surrounding area, including Lake Marie.

2. Lake Marie Trail: This is a peaceful 1 mile round trip hike around beautiful lake with opportunities for fishing or swimming in summer months.

3. Oregon Dunes Overlook Trail: An easy to moderate level hiking path stretching over two miles through sand dunes offering panoramic vistas of Pacific Ocean and coastal forests.

4. John Dellenback Dune Trails: These trails are more challenging due to sandy terrain but offer an adventurous experience across vast open dunes leading towards ocean beachfronts; approximately three miles long one way.

5. Tahkenitch Creek Nature Trail: It's a short half:mile interpretive nature walk showcasing local flora & fauna along creek side environment within park boundaries.

6. Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area: Although not exactly inside the state park, it's just few minutes away by car where you can enjoy walking on flat grassy paths while observing herds of Roosevelt elk grazing nearby.

7. Eel Creek Campground Hiking Path: Starting from campground this moderately difficult trail winds its way up into forested hills providing stunning overlook points onto neighboring landscapes; about four-miles return journey.

8. Tenmile Lakes Basin Recreation Trails: Located at southern end near Winchester Bay these multi:use tracks cater hikers as well mountain bikers exploring diverse ecosystems ranging from wetlands to old growth coniferous woods spanning several kilometers each direction.
The park offers birdwatchers a variety of species to observe, including ospreys and bald eagles. The nearby Lake Marie is also home to various waterfowl. Birding can be enjoyed year-round in the area.

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1. If you're coming from Portland or Eugene, take Interstate 5 South until you reach Exit 162 for OR:38 West towards Drain/Elkton.

2. Merge onto OR:38 and continue driving west for approximately 50 miles until you arrive at Reedsport.

3. In Reedsport, turn right onto US Highway 101 North (also known as Coast Hwy) and drive for about five miles.

4. Look out for signs indicating Umpqua Lighthouse State Park on your left:hand side; it will be just before reaching Winchester Bay proper.

5. Turn left into the entrance of Umpqua Lighthouse State Park and follow the road that leads directly to the campground area or any other specific destination within the park.

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