We had planned to spend one night here. But after doing laundry next door we decided to keep going. The community is filled with homeless people and there was “unsavory” businesses surrounding this park. I didn’t feel safe!
Devil's Lake State Park Rec Area Campground (it's a mouthful) is right on the edge of town. That is convenient if you're trying to access things in town. It really sucks if you're trying to actual "camp". This is a party spot for local ruffians, and an RV parking lot for people who want to get away without losing any sort of amenities whatsoever.
The Hiker/Biker area is just a little patch of grass on a hill just inside the entrance to the left. The hill makes it hard to find any flat ground for a tent, and you are adjacent to a road to the north and a single family home to the east. The coast highway is a block to your west. Basically, it is a lawn.
There is lake access but the lake is more of a pond. Ocean access is across the highway about 15 minute walk. You can also just walk into town for a beer if you want. Being so close to town makes it an easy place for people to go and get rowdy too.
The camp hosts here have given up on enforcing any sort of rules in the park. There were people openly doing drugs. The site across from the host had a keg and set up speakers blasting some terrible classic rock. On a trip the the bathroom I saw the camp host looking out the window at the loudest site in camp, and then just pull his shade in the RV down. And not even joking, at one point a group (college age?) woke me up with shouting as they cheered on their friend who was getting laid in the tent. Another group was doing night skateboarding through the park in loops.
However, if you're just passing through you'll have everything you need to get through the night here including a hot shower, bike tools, and charging station.
I gave this place two stars because the amenities are there. If based on my experience alone it would be zero, but I am sure there are days when it is fine.
- free hot showers
- storage boxes with USB charging stations for phones and lights
- Picnic Tables
- bike racks
- bike repair station
- flush toilets
- Wetlands nature trail
- lending library
Oregon Hiker/Biker Camps are $7-8 (this one is $8)
Pro-Tip: If you're heading south stop at Big Mountain Coffee Roastery. It is decent, a little kitschy, and has AC/Wifi. Plus it is a very small, local business to support.
The sites are covered in water and the lake is unusable with algae. The path to the Ocean is over 101 and about a 15-20 minute walk. It is close to town though. There is some kind of gun range that has started close by and is really loud. The community center is fun
just off the hwy but quite, stayed in the handicap yurt. Was my B-day so we were just walked to the bar.
Okay, if you're looking for privacy, this is not the place for you. But if you want reasonably priced accommodations near beaches, restaurants & whatever Lincoln City has to offer, then this is where you want.
Stayed here one night after staying up in Nehalem Falls for several nights and before heading back to Portland. Sure, this place is popular and pretty much booked during tourist season. Complaining about that is like asking why travel during the holidays is always so busy.. or why is it so hard to fight the tide..
But if you visit here for what it is - decent campgrounds as close to the action as you can get without paying beach hotel prices, you can do worse.
I’ve stayed here for one night a couple of times when on a road trip down to California. The bathrooms are really nice. The campsites are sizable and allow for some privacy. The staff and campsite host are friendly and helpful.
the campsites are close together. I came in around 530pm on a Friday and left around 530am on a Saturday.
Bring your Mini and your two-man ultralight backpacking kit, because that’s what you’ll have room for at these cramped tent sites. Forget about a relaxing afternoon in your hammock - there won’t be trees at your site suitable for hanging, and if there are trees, they’ll be over a muddy blackberry patch separating you from your neighbors. And your neighbors will definitely be up swearing at each other across their campfire until 11, radio blaring from their truck stereo. Should you be lucky enough to fall asleep, there’s a good chance a fire engine on Highway 101, which is a hundred yards away, will shoot past at midnight to make sure you have a bad time.
This stay was nice and easy. Spots are close but for the most part have a sufficient buffer for privacy. We didn't have any neighbors with was great. Bathrooms were clean. We walked up and down the beach the majority of our stay. Even though the beach is cold in November it was beautiful!
The park is well run and equipped. It was very quiet in the evenings and a very short walk down to the lake where you can sit and relax. It is also a short distance from shopping and other supplies and some touristy stops.