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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. William M. Tugman State Park offers a freshwater lake for swimming.
2. The park's Eel Lake is popular among swimmers due to its clean, calm waters.
3. There are no lifeguards on duty so swim at your own risk.
4. Swimming areas aren't roped off; visitors can enjoy the entire expanse of the lake.
5. Water temperatures in summer months make it ideal for swimming and water activities.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is an accessible boat ramp that provides easy access to Eel Lake, which is popular for fishing and sailing due to its calm waters. Motorized boats are allowed on the lake but must adhere to a 10 mph speed limit ensuring it remains peaceful even during busy periods. Canoeing and kayaking opportunities also abound with rentals available within the park itself.
Enjoy fishing at the freshwater Eel Lake, known for its abundant trout and largemouth bass. Other species include crappie and bluegill. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout from spring to fall. Fishing gear can be rented on-site if needed.

1. Tugman State Park offers numerous picnic tables scattered throughout the park.
2. The Eel Lake day-use area is perfect for picnicking with a view.
3. Picnic areas are equipped with barbecue stands and restrooms nearby.
4. Group picnic sites can be reserved in advance, accommodating larger gatherings or events.
5. Visitors can enjoy lakeside picnics while watching local wildlife like ducks and herons.

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.
While exploring the park, cyclists should be aware that biking options are limited to campground roads and trails.

The terrain is relatively flat, making it suitable for all skill levels but may not challenge advanced riders.

Cyclists must share these paths with pedestrians; caution and respect towards other users are essential.

There aren't any designated mountain bike trails within this location so off-road enthusiasts might find their options restricted here.

Night cycling isn't recommended due to lack of lighting on most routes in the area.

Remember always wear a helmet when riding as safety precautions cannot be overemphasized.

Ensure your bicycle has reflectors if you plan on early morning or late evening rides around campgrounds.
The park offers a variety of birding options, with diverse species inhabiting the lake and forest areas. Birdwatchers can spot waterfowl, raptors, songbirds among others in their natural habitats. The Eel Lake trail provides excellent viewing opportunities for enthusiasts.

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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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