Siuslaw National Forest
Stretching from the lush forests of the coastal mountains to the unique Oregon Dunes and on into the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, visitors have a stunning choice of opportunities. One can find activities to suit every taste: from spectacular mountain views to beach combing, from whale watching to exploring the forest or dunes, the Siuslaw National Forest offers something for everyone. Highlights include great views, old growth forests, guided hikes, waterfalls, miles of sand dunes to explore, and much more!
The Siuslaw National Forest has close to 40 developed campgrounds. Most campgrounds on the forest can be reserved in advance. Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or call toll free 1-877-444-6777 (international 518-885-3639). The Oregon coast has a busy tourist season from May through October and campgrounds often fill quickly – so plan ahead and have a backup plan if your desired campground is full.
Many sites are free, but at some popular sites a day-use fee is required. Day-use fees are $5 per vehicle per day. Learn more about recreation passes here.
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Siuslaw National Forest Camping Reservations
Reserve your campsite at these Siuslaw National Forest camping areas:
1. ALDER DUNE >> Camping Area
The campground, in the Central Coast Ranger District, boasts 39 campsites with privacy created by walls of beautiful native shrubbery.
2. BLACKBERRY >> Camping Area
Blackberry Campground is perched on a heavily wooded bluff overlooking the Alsea River. The well-maintained campground offers plenty of fishing opportunities, including crawfishing. Swimming in the Alsea River is a popular summer activity.
3. BLUEBILL CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Bluebill Campground is located in the Horsfall Area, known for its excellent off-road vehicle trails. It is also conveniently located less than a mile from Pacific Coast beaches and 2 miles north of North Bend, Oregon. With such an ideal location for recreation, it’s no wonder families love this site.
4. CANAL CREEK >> Camping Area
Canal Creek is a group campground where campers can truly get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in nature. The facility is comprised of two group campsites, each providing a tranquil, scenic setting.
5. CAPE PERPETUA >> Camping Area
Cape Perpetua Campground is nestled along the banks of Cape Creek, within reach of the beautiful Oregon Coast. The campground is esteemed for its incredible location between the forest and the beach, and for its easy access to impressive hiking trails and prime ocean views.
6. CARTER LAKE >> Camping Area
Carter Lake Campground is a family favorite in the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. This campground is located on Carter Lake, perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. The Pacific coast is just a short drive away.
7. CASTLE ROCK GROUP CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Located on Three Rivers, this group campground is ideal for family gatherings and group arrangements. Conveniently located off Hwy. 22 and surrounded by forest, it provides a picturesque setting to enjoy a fun filled, group camping experience.
8. DRIFTWOOD >> Camping Area
Driftwood is a designated off-road vehicle riding campground that offers direct sand access to the thrilling Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Heralded as the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, the recreation area attracts riders looking for the action of dune riding and the comfort of camping in a developed campsite with perks like hot showers.
9. EEL CREEK CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Eel Creek Campground sits among coastal shrubbery on the edge of the sandy dunes of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Eel Creek attracts campers who plan to do more than off-road vehicle riding during their visit to the dunes.
Hikers and birders are attracted to the peaceful atmosphere of the campground. The most popular trail here is the John Dellenback Dunes Trail, which guides hikers through the scenic dunes to the Pacific beach.
The section of dunes in the Umpqua Dune Area features spectacular heights, and the area is one of the easiest locations for pedestrian beach access.
10. HAUSER SAND CAMPING >> Camping Area
Hauser offers a selection of dispersed campsites in the heart of the largest off-road vehicle area in Siuslaw National Forest. Campsites sit in the middle of the 47-mile stretch of dunelands that make up the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The location is also ideal for its proximity to the Pacific beach and a variety of small lakes.
Many of the campsites at this facility are not able to be reserved in the off season and may be available on a first-come/first-served basis.
11. HEBO LAKE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Hebo Lake campground is ideal for those wanting a secluded, quiet camping getaway in the forest. Located on Mt. Hebo, this small, family campground has 12 campsites, a historic picnic shelter, a three-acre lake, and access to hiking trails. This campground also has first come first serve sites that may be available outside the booking window, depending on weather. Contact Hebo Ranger District for more information.
12. HORSFALL >> Camping Area
Horsfall Campground, tucked in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, provides access to miles and miles of dunes, beckoning off-road vehicle riding enthusiasts. The unique landscape creates a contrast between the dry dunes and a number of watering holes. The campground sits within a mile of Horsfall Lake, Bluebill Lake and a selection of tranquil ponds.
13. HORSFALL BEACH >> Camping Area
Horsfall Beach Campground is located along the central Oregon coast, about 2 miles north of Coos Bay. The campground is ideal for off-road vehicle riders or for visitors looking to take it easy on the beach or go for a swim. Other activities in the area include hiking and horseback riding.
14. HORSFALL SAND CAMPING >> Camping Area
Horsfall Sand Camping is home to the largest riding area in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Adventure seekers can experience the thrill of riding through vast open dunes or meandering through designated sand routes surrounded by shore pine, wax myrtle, huckleberry, and salal. The tops of dunes provide prime views of the Pacific Coast to the west and the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range to the east.
15. LAGOON CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Lagoon Campground is about 7 miles south of Florence. Most sites are surrounded by beautiful coastal shrubbery. Fishing and hiking are popular, and a beach on Oregon’s Pacific Coast is in walking distance.
16. RIVER EDGE >> Camping Area
River Edge is a group campground nestled on the banks of the Alsea River, surrounded by large Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, alder trees and blackberries. Groups of families and friends enjoy the area for its great fishing opportunities, as well as its scenic beauty.
17. ROCK CREEK – SIUSLAW >> Camping Area
Rock Creek Campground is nestled in a grove of large spruce and Douglas fir trees, near a beach on the Oregon Coast. Visitors enjoy relaxing on the beach, admiring colorful sunsets and hiking many trails in the area.
18. Rocky Bend Group Campground >> Camping Area
Nestled on the banks of the Nestucca River, Rocky Bend Group Campground is ideal for family gatherings and group events. The site is located on Upper Nestucca River Road 16 miles east of Beaver, Oregon. This group camp offers a picturesque setting, with plenty of recreation opportunity.
19. SANDBEACH >> Camping Area
Sandbeach Campground is ideal for off-road vehicle lovers with year-round access to nearly 1,100 acres of coastal sand dunes. The campground is part of the Sand Lake Recreation Area and home to the dune playground. The area is located along Oregon’s North Coast, 15 miles southwest of Tillamook between Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda.
20. SILTCOOS SAND CAMPING >> Camping Area
Siltcoos is located about seven miles south of Florence, within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This unique facility is an off-road enthusiast’s dream. Designated routes crisscross various dunes and forests within the recreation area. Visitors also enjoy relaxing on the beach and playing in the surf.
21. SOUTH JETTY SAND CAMPING >> Camping Area
South Jetty, located less than a mile south of Florence, is an ideal camping area for off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Visitors can camp, ride dunes through all hours of daylight and take in memorable views of the Pacific Ocean from atop the tall dunes of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The area is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
22. SPINREEL >> Camping Area
Spinreel Campground is an off-road vehicle rider’s dream, located in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area along Tenmile Creek in Coos County. Campers can rely on conveniences like drinking water and paved roads, with prime access to the expansive off-road trails along the sandy dunes.
23. SPINREEL SAND CAMPING >> Camping Area
Spinreel sand camping is home to the largest riding area in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Sand camp sites at the camping area are located directly on the sand. Visitors here seek the thrill of scaling the vast open dunes, beachcombing and exploring designated sand routes surrounded by shore pine, Wax myrtle, Huckleberry and Salal. This dispersed camping area is on the sand in the heart of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level. The dunes cover 31, 500 acres of land, surrounded by forests and the waves of the Pacific coast.
24. SUTTON CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Sutton Campground is located just off the Pacific Coast in Oregon, 1.5 miles from Sutton Beach and 2 miles from Sutton Lake. Hiking is the most popular activity, but visitors also enjoy swimming in Sutton Creek, and fishing and boating on Sutton Lake.
25. TAHKENITCH CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Tahkenitch Campground is a beautiful campground located in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, 8 miles north of Reedsport. The campground offers some very secluded sites with local coastal shrubbery and some sites that are more open. Three hiking trails can be accessed next to the campground, leading to Threemile Lake and the Tahkenitch Dunes. Across the road is Tahkenitch Lake. The name Tahkenitch means “lake of many fingers.” Fishing here can be relaxing and rewarding.
26. TAHKENITCH LANDING >> Camping Area
On the shores of Tahkenitch Lake sits Tahkenitch Landing Campground, 9 miles north of Reedsport, Oregon. The lake welcomes boating, swimming and fishing for bass and trout. Hiking trails are nearby, providing rewarding walkst hrough the dunes, and to the Pacific Ocean.
27. TILLICUM >> Camping Area
Tillicum Beach Campground is popular for many reasons, but the number one and most obvious is its location right on the beach. Campers are lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean waves, then wake to sweeping views of the Pacific. The campground offers an ideal location for whale watching. Most campsites have beachfront views, and sunsets are not to be missed. Fishing, swimming and playing in the sand are the campground’s most popular activities.
28. TYEE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Tyee Campground, located 5 miles south of Florence, is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The small campground sits on the northern banks of the Siltcoos River beside the Siltcoos Lake outlet. Many campers bring kayaks and take pleasure in boating up and down the outlet.
This is a great campground for kids to play and anglers to try their luck from the riverbank.
29. UMPQUA SAND CAMPING >> Camping Area
Umpqua is noteworthy as home to the tallest sand dunes in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Off-road vehicle riding is a huge sport here and visitors are rewarded with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from the tops of the dunes.
30. WAXMYRTLE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area
Waxmyrtle Campground is an ideal spot for its proximity to the beach, several hiking trails, and the non-motorized section of open dunes with the comforts of sleeping in a standard site with paved parking, drinking water and flush toilets. Located just 7 miles south of Florence, Waxmyrtle marks the start of the Waxmyrtle Trail, which borders the picturesque Siltcoos River Estuary. Wildlife viewing is a popular pastime for campers. Portions of the nearby estuary are protected nesting areas for the snowy plover, a small shorebird with a tan tail and snowy white underside.
31. WILD MARE HORSE CAMP >> Camping Area
Horse campers come here to explore the Wild Mare Horse Trail and take in captivating views of Oregon’s Pacific Coast, just a half mile from the campground.
Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: