On the shores of Tahkenitch Lake sits Tahkenitch Landing Campground, 9 miles north of Reedsport, Oregon. The lake welcomes boating, swimming and fishing for bass and trout. Hiking trails are nearby, providing rewarding walkst hrough the dunes, and to the Pacific Ocean.
A boat ramp is provided and each campsite comes with a picnic table and a fire ring with grill. Vault toilets are onsite and families enjoy picnicking in the day-use picnic area. Sites 2 - 8 have no turnarounds and are limited to tent camping or small campers. No water is available, so campers should bring a sufficient amount for drinking and washing.
The State of Oregon has issued a travel advisory recommending that people arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation applies to non-essential travel, including tourism and recreation. For more information please visit oregon.gov and traveloregon.com.
Guidelines for a safe visit to the Siuslaw National Forest
The Siuslaw’s campgrounds, day use areas, and trails continue to be open for public enjoyment. While you are visiting the Forest, please follow the state’s size limits for outdoor gatherings (please visit https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/), along with the following guidelines. These guidelines will help ensure a safe and healthy visit for you and your family, our employees and volunteers, and other visitors:
By state orders, everyone age 5 and older must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth in indoor public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
Restrooms that are open are generally cleaned and disinfected at least once daily at the more popular campgrounds and day use sites, and once to three times a week at other sites.
Be prepared for limited or no services, including no trash collection at recreation sites. Be prepared to provide your own soap, sanitizer, or disinfectant.
If no trash receptacle is provided, please protect your public lands by packing out your waste and trash.
The state has issued a travel advisory recommending that visitors from out of state (including Oregon residents returning from another state or country) should self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival.
Due to the recent influx of recreationists on the Siuslaw National Forest, Forest Service-operated campgrounds went to 100% online reservations as of August 3rd. This change allows us to continue providing camping opportunities to the public while still mitigating COVID concerns.
Visitors can make reservations online through this website (preferred), or via phone by calling the recreation.gov phone line at 877-444-6777. If you call this number, please be prepared for longer-than-usual wait times. Please note that the Siuslaw National Forest does not have any control over the recreation.gov phone line, so we ask you to please prepare by making reservations well in advance.
Tahkenitch Lake spans 1,674 acres. Sites that fit tents or small campers sit on the rim of the lake, while larger sites that accommodate RVs are up the hill overlooking the lake. The grassy campground is hugged by coastal trees and shrubbery, including mixed pine and cedar.
Wildlife watching 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.
Nearby off-road vehicle trails provide hours of fun for off-road enthusiasts.
Bird watching and fishing are among the activities along the lake. Fishing may reap cutthroat and steelhead trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch.
For a change of scenery, campers can cross the road to the start of the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail, which weaves through a conifer forest and across an open section of dunes to a beach along the Pacific.
Normally, a campsite will be released to first-come, first-serve status if it is not occupied within the first 24 hours of the arrival time on the reservation. This campground does not have any first-come, first-serve sites available at this time; with this in mind, the 24-hour arrival policy is temporarily suspended until further notice.
855 HWY 101 REEDSPORT OR 97467
For campground inquiries, please call: 541-271-6000
From Reedsport, travel north 7.5 miles on Highway 101. Campground is on east (right) side of Highway 101.