Umpqua Lighthouse Campground is on top of a hill, which would make sense since there is a lighthouse there. If you are hiking and biking you may not want to make the effort choosing to stay at the bottom of the hill at the crappy RV/Tent camp in the wind or just keep going in either direction to a campground on more level ground, but that would be a mistake. Make it up to the top, and you'll be rewarded with an out of the way, minimally populated camp tucked into the trees just past the lighthouse, and with trails, wildlife and brand new bathrooms and showers.
The Hiker/Biker Camp is just past the entry to the camp, down the trail towards Lake Marie. It has three different areas leveled off with shared storage boxes, fire pits and picnic tables. Each little clear is open to itself but nicely private to the other clearings so if you're traveling with a small group you can take over a whole area if you choose. Unlike most of the other Oregon State Park campgrounds there were not REI branded charging stations or bike tools, but the camp hosts let us plug into their outlets as needed.
They were just finishing the building of brand new bathroom/shower facilities while I was there, but even the portable set up they had was one of the nicest ones I've seen in a campground. Deer were wandering about, and there was plenty of bird watching.
The main campground area was divided into a loop and straight line stretch. Sites varied from open with privacy trees to entirely shaded. Despite it being a weekend during the summer the camp wasn't full, and it was easy for travelers to pull in and grab a spot.
Walk down the hill to the Lake Marie Trail for a quiet trip around the small lake. A few benches were found along the lake making great opportunities for relaxed reflection or a glass of wine. Shooting off from the LMT were trails out to the Umpqua Bay and the ocean side beaches.
- New Bathrooms & Showers
- Fire pits & Picnic Tables
- Storage Boxes
- Firewood for sale.
Oregon State Park Hiker/Biker sites cost $7-8
*Pro-Tip: There is a really windy, less cool campground at the bottom of the hill near the entry to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. Go up the hill. It will be worth it. Even if you've been hiking or riding all day. It is better.
This park is small and spaces are tight but my family and I had a blast! Caught about a dozen fish in the lake! Nice one mile trail around Lake Marie, perfect for my dog.
We pulled in Saturday with no reservations but had no problem finding a walk in spot. They only had about 6 sites open since they were doing construction on the second loop.
Pretty quiet. You do hear atv noise in the distance but we weren't disturbed by it. Mosquitos were out but what can you do. Beautiful forest and lots of greenery. Camp hosts were very friendly.
We paid $29 for w/e. I think fhu was $33.
Pretty good cell service with Verizon.
MUST DO: go visit the Umpqua River Lighthouse. It's next to the campground and offers beautiful ocean views as well as a gift shop, museum, and tour. The tour is $8 and worth it! You even get to go into the lens room!
We visited this campground for the second time this past weekend and even in late October it is a fantastic location to go on the coast!
It has tent sites, RV pads cabins and is one of the few locations where delux yurts can be rented.
W stayed in a cabin last time, but that loop is closed for construction until 2019.
This time it was the delux yurt, which sleeps up to 9 people, has it's own bathroom with toilet, sink and shower, microwave, fridge, kitchen sink,TV, DVD player and heater that will cook you out if you want it to. Outside comes with a porch, picnic bench and 4 burner gas grill. Fantastic for group rental! We had 5 adults and it was a ton of space!
The yurts are just up the hill from the lake where you can go fishing and hike the approximately 1 mile long trail.
There is also a day use area with benches and a small sandy beach.
Lover this place!
Hike and bike area is down a short trail near the RV spots, but still quiet. Lots of trails taking you down to a river for canoeing and kayaking. Also within walking distance of the lighthouse. Tent spot has fire pit and table. Firewood, showers and restrooms available.
We have stayed in a yurt and a cabin here with our kids and dog. It was perfect.
Its got kicked out of a state park earlier in this day so we around her in the middle of the night. We got here literally around 3 am. Anyways we woke up and walked down to the water which was wonderful. But that wind just kept on kicking.
We were a bit suprised when we got there to find the tent site was very small, I mean small. There was no place for you to let the dog do their business and the only real place to walk was a STEEP walk to the lake. Very noisy, and the park people were kind of rude. Showers were gross.
For a small campground the deluxe yurts were huge. Much larger than the rustic yurts available in other Oregon State parks, the deluxe yurt had acres of space. The kitchen had an almost full sized fridge, a microwave, and a sink. The shower in the bathroom was not as nice as in the deluxe cabins elsewhere, but there was plenty of towel bars to dry all of your gear on. The small heater had a hard time heating all of the space. The large skylight had lovely star viewing when the clouds cleared. Since it was the middle of the week in February there was no noise from the surrounding ATV area, indeed, no ATVs around at all. The trail around tiny Lake Marie was well drained and not soggy, with several connections to the campground. Our yurt had views of the other yurts, try 19 for a view of the lake yet still dog friendly. The front porch did not offer any shelter from the rain.
We did our annual dad camp with kids and no moms allowed here and really enjoyed it. The drive was a bit longer than we wanted from Portland but pretty the whole way. The campground has a nice small loop with a hill that the kids loved to ride their bikes around and zoom by our site. The bathrooms were clean and because of its location, it had few cars driving through, leaving the road open for kids to do what kids do.