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.
The Waxmyrtle Trail offers outstanding views of the lower river estuary and the Pacific Ocean as it winds its way along the river to the beach. Other nearby trails include the Lagoon Trail and Chief Tsiltcoos Trail.
Nearby off-road vehicle trails and open dune riding areas provide hours of fun for off-road enthusiasts.
Camping is available from May 1 to September 30 and amenities include drinking water, a campground host, flush toilets picnic tables, fire rings, recycling and trash collection. Parking aprons are paved.
The campground is located near the Siltcoos River among Shore pine, huckleberry, and other coastal shrubs and conifers. Many sites are surrounded by a thick wall of coastal shrubbery, providing ample privacy from neighboring sites.
The campground is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level.
Siltcoos Lake offers bass, cutthroat and rainbow trout fishing.
ADA Access: N
Stayed in mid-July. Nice access to beach and nearby trails and Florence. Bathrooms were clean with sink and toilet.
As far as developed campgrounds go, this one is pretty nice. The sites are fairly private, with lots of salal and other coastal plants. I don't think any of the sites offer power, which cuts down on the mega RVs. There are flush toilets, a pleasant convenience. There's a 1.5 mile trail to the beach, which we had completely to ourselves on a Monday in August.
The only drawback is that you're within earshot of the OHV camp and all the engine sounds that come with that. It's certainly not overpowering, but it's not just the sound of nature here.
Large sites with good privacy. Price was fantastic. Dry camping only. Good location for ATV access to the dunes. Will definitely stay here again.
Site #9 Smallish site but has good access to the river. Good hammock trees Good tarp setup
Site #8 Looks much larger and overlooks river
Large large campgrounds on some no extra car fee and no tent limits plus the camp hosts were super wonderful there showers in the next Campground over for a dollar for 5 minutes and they're open from 6 in the morning to 10 and then from 6 in the evening to 10 you can hear the ocean Crashing Down and it's super close to a beautiful spot
We made the trek from Crater lake to this camp site without a reservation on a holiday weekend… I am not saying it was a smart move - but it was a move. We arrived after dark and simply drove into the campsite and looked around until we found a spot. (There are little reservation tags on the spots that are taken like any other campsite in Oregon) We found an open space and rejoiced because we had been driving ALL DAY! This campsite is primarily a place where people stay who are riding the dunes, so if you are looking for a cool place to stay and take your dune buggy out -- you've found it! There were all sorts of cool adventure vehicles everywhere on site, and everything was pretty well put together so you were close to your neighbors, but not too close. In our campsite we were able to park our Jeep right outside the site, pitch 2 tents, have a fire pit and a picnic table with room to spare. There was plenty of dead wood (fallen down branches around for us to make a warm fire no problem without any additional wood. This campsite had bathrooms in walking distance (a very short walk), garbages on site, and was close to the water so you could hear it. Another benefit of this campsite is that it was a short drive to the Oregon coast the next morning which was where we were really aiming for. I will include a couple of oregon coast pictures in my review as well as it is just a short jaunt away!
You get to name your campsite so we named ours "Betty Lou Frankfurter Memorial Site" it was very fitting…