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William M. Tugman State Park
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Reedsport, Oregon   97467
(lat:43.6085 lon:-124.1771) map location

Phone: 800-551-6949
Reservations: 800-452-5687
Despite its close proximity to Highway 101, Tugman State Park is relatively unknown -- a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Situated on Eel Lake near the community of Lakeside, Tugman offers 115 campsites with electric/water hookups tucked away in a mature stand of shore pines. The day-use area has a restroom and gazebo-style shelter surrounded by broad green lawns.

There's plenty of space for large and small groups to enjoy themselves. The waters of Eel Lake are outstanding for fishing, swimming, canoeing, sailing and boating. A trail around the south end of the lake allows hikers to get away from the developed area of the park and explore the lakes many inlets. Maybe you'll catch glimpses of osprey, crane, eagle, deer and other forest creatures as you walk through forests of spruce, cedar, fir, and alder.

The famous Oregon Dunes Recreation area is less than a mile away. Tugman is centrally located for visitors wishing to explore the Oregon coast from Reedsport to Coos Bay.

Eel Lake is brimming with fishing opportunities. The brush-lined shore, steep drop-off and underwater structure makes it the perfect lake for a bass boat and bass fishing. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass (some running up to five pounds), and other fish species include crappie, rainbow trout (which are stocked), steelhead, and coho salmon. All coho, even those under 15 inches must be released. There is a fully-accessible fishing dock at the day use area near the boat ramp. Trout and bass are often caught from the dock.
History of the Area
Located in the U.S. state of Oregon, this natural haven was established in 1968 and named after William M. Tugman (1893-1961), a respected journalist who served as editor for The Register-Guard newspaper based out of Eugene, Oregon.

Tugman had been instrumental during his lifetime advocating for public parks within the region; hence it seemed fitting to name one such park posthumously honoring him. This particular area is nestled near Lakeside on Eel Lake's southern shore - an ideal location that offers visitors opportunities to fish or engage with various water sports activities.

The land where the park now stands used to be part of Camp Asbury, a Methodist campsite before its acquisition by State Parks Department through purchase and donation from private owners between 1957 and 1970.

Over time, facilities were developed including campsites equipped with electricity hookups along with yurts available year-round providing comfortable accommodation options amidst nature's beauty.

Today it spans over approximately three hundred acres offering recreational amenities like hiking trails around Eel lake which are popular among bird watchers due their diverse avian population inhabiting these parts while also being home to several species native plants adding further charm into its scenic landscape making it beloved destination amongst locals tourists alike since inception till date continuing legacy Mr.Tugman envisioned promoting outdoor recreation preserving environment simultaneously ensuring future generations can enjoy same privileges we do today
CampingElectric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
1. Tent Camping: There are over 90 tent sites available within the park, each equipped with picnic tables and fire pits.

2. RV Camping: The park also has more than 16 full-hookup sites that can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 40 feet long.

3. Yurt Rentals: For those who prefer glamping (glamorous camping), there are two yurts available for rent which come furnished with beds, heat, electricity and other amenities like outdoor furniture on deck area outside the yurt.

4. Group Campsites: If you're traveling as part of a large group or hosting an event such as family reunion or wedding party etc., William M.Tugman state park provides group campsite facilities too where multiple tents/RVs can be accommodated together at one place along with common areas for gathering/eating/playing games etc.

5. Hiker/Biker campsites: These special campsites cater specifically to hikers/bicyclists travelling through parks without vehicle support.They usually have basic amenities like drinking water,toilets,picnic table & bike rack.

6. Pets friendly: Pets are allowed but must always remain leashed while inside campground premises.

1. Eel Lake Trail: This 3-mile loop trail offers stunning views of the serene Eel lake, with opportunities for bird watching and fishing.

2. Tugman Park Loop: A short but scenic half mile walk around a portion of the park's campground area that is perfect for families or those looking to take an easy stroll in nature.

3. Clear Lake Ridge Hike: An approximately two miles long hike offering panoramic vistas over Clear Lake and surrounding forested hillsides from its ridge-top vantage point.

4. Fisherman's Nature Trail: It's about one-third mile long where hikers can enjoy viewing various species of birds, mammals, amphibians as well as diverse plant life along this lakeside path.

5. South Slough Estuary Trails: These trails are located near William M.Tugman State Park which offer several hiking options through wetlands rich in wildlife including otters, herons etc., varying between 0-7 miles depending on chosen route.

6. Umpqua Dunes Day Use Area Pathway: Located nearby, it provides access to Oregon dune fields; ideal spot for sandboarding enthusiasts who want some physical challenge during their visit at Tugman state park.

7. Tahkenitch Creek Loop: Another neighboring trail system featuring coastal forests & marshes ; great place if you're interested in spotting Roosevelt elk or other local fauna.

8. Threemile Hill Climb: For more experienced trekkers seeking elevation gain within vicinity, this steep uphill trek rewards climbers with sweeping view across Pacific Ocean upon reaching summit after roughly three:miles ascent.

9. Winchester Bay Overlook Walk: Short yet rewarding pathway leading towards elevated viewpoint overlooking picturesque bay area adjacent to main camping grounds inside William M.Tugman State Park itself.

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1. Start by heading south on Highway 101 if you are coming from Coos Bay or north on Highway 101 if you are traveling from Gold Beach.
2. Look out for signs indicating William M. Tugman State Park as you approach Lakeside.
3. Take the exit onto East Tenmile Lake Road (County Route 10) towards North Bend/Lakeside.
4. Continue driving along East Tenmile Lake Road until you see signs directing you to turn left into the state park entrance.

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