WILLIAM M. TUGMAN STATE PARK
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.
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
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.