Situated half way up the Oregon coast and three miles south of Florence on scenic Highway 101 is the second largest overnight camp in the state. There are two miles of sand dunes between the park and the ocean. Two natural freshwater lakes are within the park. Cleawox -- which is great for swimming -- and Woahink, which has a public boat ramp, is used for all water sports. Rent a canoe and explore the lake.
Approximately 45 full-hookup sites, more than 120 electrical sites with water, more than 185 tent sites with water nearby, 10 yurts (one pet-friendly), and six seasonal group tent camping areas.
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This is our favorite place to camp. Places for campers and tents. Playground and shower in the park. Two lakes. Separate area for people with quads. Not far from the beach or town. Saw deer last time we stayed. Oh, and pet friendly!
Honeyman is a BIG campground. Sites are very close together and there are RVs and ATVs and road whales and dogs and kids everywhere. It's more like a change of scene than a place to get away from it all. It's not on the beach, but the beach is a short drive away. There are lots of sand dunes and a couple lakes. It's not quiet. If you don't mind the sound of dune buggies and barking dogs and generators and kids while you camp, you'll be fine. The nature activities offered for kids by the park rangers are the best part, in my opinion. You and your kids can learn a lot about the flora and fauna and the local area. It's kind of like scout camp, but with a bunch of people you don't know. The yurts are nice, and they fill up fast. I like that there are ADA accessible facilities and clean bathrooms.
It is about 2 miles from Florence right on Hwy 101. The yurts are nice. Dunes access is easy. The playground looks like it would be fun for kids. There was a car show in Florence that weekend. Your in a sandy area with lots of trees. As it got dark the wind picked up but it wasn't to bad. If your ADA you need to get a ADA space otherwise the bathrooms can be quite a walk. The trash cans are at the entrance. Very big camp park.
Jessie Honeyman State Park which is about a little over half way down the state coastline. Arriving after dark, we were pleasantly surprised to have water and electric hookups which were few and far between. We squeezed into our spot once again and sat by the campfire for a bit before hitting our pillows for the night. I believe that we were only on our site for 12 hours before it was time to go again. The cool thing about Jessie Honeyman State Park was that you had the Pacific Ocean and all of the glorious rock cliffs, drift wood, tide pools, etc. then these huge sand dune areas emerge right next to it for ATVs, motorcycles and even sand boards (like a snowboard). We let the kids swim in the lake nearby which seemed to be a very popular spot for youth camps and day use. Just what they needed before a long ride in the RV We definitely missed out by not staying longer here. There were trails and many more activities in sand dunes and the lakes that we didn't take advantage of. Gotta go back one day!
Spent the first weekend in June here with a bunch of parents and kids. We had a site near the end of F loop right near a playground that was great for younger kids and had a sandy patch for ball games for the older ones. It was right up against the dunes with a trail to get out onto them, very steep in some parts of course. An easy walk to the lake for fishing, swimming, boat rental and sandboard rental if needed. Nice trails throughout if you want to go for a run and a natural loop through the campground for skateboarding and biking for kids of all ages. All in all a great family campground especially if you're coming from Eugene, which is about an hour and twenty minutes away. The ocean is a pretty long hike through the dunes, but the South Jetty area is a short drive away if you want to spend some time at the beach. Honeyman is typically packed in the summer, so not the place for peace and quiet, but my only real significant criticism is the fact that there are no lifeguards in the swimming area and it's just too busy and crowded to not have that, especially with a raft that is quite a ways from shore and can be tempting for inadequate swimmers. I personally observed three young kids almost get into trouble heading out there, turning around when they realized it was too far, and almost not making it back. The State Park system is courting disaster, but just make sure you closely supervise young kids and poor swimmers and you'll have a great time.
Jessie M. Honeyman is an Oregon State Park just a few miles south of Florence, Or.
We traveled in on a Wednesday at the beginning of June with friends, kids, and a canoe. We stayed through Saturday night and moved on up the coast to another site just outside of Newport. The park has a lot going for it -- especially if you have kids -- but it also has some deal-breaker drawbacks. As with a lot of other busy state parks, your experience will depend a lot on when you go, what site you book, and who happens to show up as your neighbors.
Pros: • Very close proximity to Lake Cleawox and the boat house / facilities there. You don't leave the park to go from the camp sites to the lake. At the boat house, you can rent paddle boats ($7 / 30 mins, $10 / hr), canoes, or kayaks. You can also rent sandboards and zoom down the dunes on the far side of the rental facility. The setup is awesome and looks like an idyllic version of everyone's summer camp - real or imagined. • Woahnik Lake, a much larger lake than Cleawox, is right across the street and offers a lot of options for more swimming, boating, and paddling. We saw two large groups of scuba divers while canoeing around the lake. • Sand dune access. You can literally ride an ATV or quad from your camping site to the dunes, because the camp is adjacent to the Oregon sand dunes. • Hot showers. • Super friendly rangers and staff. • Large play structure in the sand for kids. Same thing you'd find in a city, but it's a nice option. • Yurts. We stayed in #316. Staying in the yurts is a great all-weather option.
Cons: • Campsites - tents, yurts, RVs - are crammed in. Some areas don't have good tree coverage (the closer you get to the dunes), and are wide open. You can see and hear your neighbors, so good luck. • ATVs and quads. Because the site backs up to the dunes, it's ground zero for ATVs and quads. You hear them running at peak times on the weekend. The site attracts a lot of giant diesel trucks that idle through the camp site hauling their trailers, so it feels like you've set up camp right next to a trucker super highway.
Given how popular the spot is, the wildlife are very used to people, and you'll be marauded by cunning squirrels and chipmunks. Don't leave food out for a hot minute.
Don't stay in any site off the main branch to all the camping loops. Accessible yurt #404 is probably the best site in the entire campground.