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.
The John Dellenback Dunes Trail takes hikers on a 2.7-mile (one way) trek from a conifer forest across the open dunes to the beach on the Pacific Ocean. To private vistas of fresh water lakes like Threemile Lake. The trail finishes at a beach on the Pacific. This hike makes for an incredible workout, due to tall dunes and soft sand. Quality wildlife watching is also a feature of the campground.
The campground is divided into a North and South Loop. Amenities include flush toilets, drinking water and a self pay station. A campground host is on hand and an amphitheater sits between the two loops. This campground has 51 sites, 38 are reservable and the rest are available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Most sites are secluded and private due to dense shrubbery like rhododendrons and Salal. Sites 7, 8, 42 and 43 are perched on the sand of the dunes. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, in the southern end of Siuslaw National Forest, is known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level.
Visit Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, along Lake Marie. The Umpqua River Lighthouse stands on the site where the first lighthouse on the Oregon Coast was built in 1857. The current lighthouse dates back to 1890.
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Quiet little campground with hiking into the dunes. No dune buggies around which was nice.,
I'm finding more and more that USFS campgrounds are the best. No, they don't have major facilities. But what they do have is nature. I've been aware of the Eel Creek Campground since I started hiking the John Dellenback trail a few years ago. The trailhead is in Lakeside, OR, off Hwy 101 on the Oregon coast. The trail takes you across the dunes, through a gorgeous coastal forest ending on the most remote stretch of coast you could imagine. Eel Creek Campground is right next door. The sites seem small at first, but they open up as you walk back into them. Lots of natural vegetation makes all the sites very private. This has become my go to local campground when I have a few days off.
We went there for Memorial Day. There was no camp host. There was no grill over our fire pit. The sound of ATVs lasted well into the night and started SUPER early. The bathrooms were mediocre, at least they had flush toilets.The men's room lights never turned on, so all the men had to go into a dark bathroom after the sun set. You are very close to the dunes, which is an experience, but the campground was awful. There was garbage all around our site from the last campers. It made me question what exactly I was paying for.
Very quiet campground. Camp host was great and very friendly! This was our second visit to this campground and just by chance we got the same site that we did last time.