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UMPQUA SAND CAMPING, OR

part ofSIUSLAW NF - FS, US Forest Service
Photo: UMPQUA SAND CAMPING
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Umpqua is noteworthy as home to the tallest sand dunes in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Off-road vehicle riding is a huge sport here and visitors are rewarded with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from the tops of the dunes.

Natural Features:

Campsites are dispersed along a sandy beach on the Pacific Coast. Winchester Cove is a short drive north and Clear Lake is a short drive east. The camping area is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level.

Recreation:

The featured attraction is off-road vehicle riding. Rather than trails, the area offers clear and open spaces for adventure-seeking riders. Nearby Clear Lake is a good destination for anglers.

The recreation area puts on the summertime Dunefest to bring together families of all ages for motocross racing, treasure hunting in the sand, freestyle riding shows and more.

Facilities:

Note that all sites can only be accessed by 4X4 vehicles. No water is available so campers should bring an ample amount. Campsites are primitive and it's recommended that all campers bring portable toilets and fire pans.

Standard sites fit five vehicles and up to 20 people. The two group campsites fit 10 vehicles and 40 campers. Campsites are available year-round and reservations may fill up quickly in peak summer season.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, along Lake Marie. The Umpqua River Lighthouse stands on the site of the first lighthouse built on the Oregon Coast in 1857. The current lighthouse dates back to 1890.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Beach Access
  • Beachcombing
  • Berry Picking
  • Fishing
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Access is by 4X4 on soft sand only
  • No drinking water or facilities available; please bring all necessary equipment including water, portable toilets and fire pans
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility
  • Possession of alcohol is prohibited
  • State of Oregon OHV permit required for off-road vehicle riding
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites outside the reservation season
  • All motorized vehicles on sand must adhere to Oregon OHV regulations. Click here for OHV requirements
  • Sound limit at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is 93db.
  • For more information on Siuslaw National Forest, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.63139, -124.21194
43°37'53"N, 124°12'43"W

From Reedsport, Oregon, travel 2 miles south to Winchester Bay. Turn west on Salmon Harbor Drive. Proceed 4 miles to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Access east either at boundary, 2nd Beach Parking Sand Access, or 3rd Beach Parking Sand Access.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

UMPQUA SAND CAMPING
855 HIGHWAY 101
REEDSPORT  OR  97467

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)271-6000
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