The Siltcoos sand camping area is located about seven miles south of Florence. This unique area is an off-road enthusiast's dream: Several designated off-road vehicle routes crisscross the dunes and forests, and there is also a large open riding area to the north of Siltcoos Beach Road. In addition to off-road vehicle riding, visitors can enjoy beachcombing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.
Siltcoos is located within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
There are 16 sand campsites in the Siltcoos area. The campsites are year-round and can only be accessed by 4X4 vehicles. Standard sites accommodate up to 20 people and five vehicles. The group site accommodates up to 40 people and 10 vehicles. This is a popular facility and reservations are required for all sites at all times of the year. Within each campsite, all vehicles and tents must be positioned within 150 feet of the campsite marker post.
This camping area is primitive and provides no water, restrooms, or campfire rings. Visitors must bring their own water, portable toilets, and fire pans.
Notice to all Dune Riders!
The Oregon dunes have the highest off-highway vehicle incident rates in the state. Before riding, please be aware of dune riding hazards and what you and others can do to stay safe. Here are some dune riding safety tips along with some general riding tips that can help redu ce incidents.
Oregon ATV Program information can be found at www.OregonOHV.org.
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 adhere to 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:
Please keep in mind that restrooms 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 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.
For more information on COVID-19 in Oregon, please visit: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19
Forest Service-operated campsites on the Siuslaw National Forest are currently available by online reservation only. This policy 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.
No drinking water, restrooms, or fire rings; please bring all necessary equipment including water, portable toilets, and fire pans
All motorized vehicles on sand must adhere to Oregon OHV regulations; click here for information
The sound limit at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is 93 decibels
Sites must occupied within first 24 hours of arrival time. Otherwise unoccupied sites will be considered a "no-show" and will be released.
Campsites are located directly on the sand. The dunefield is known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering hundreds of feet above sea level. Throughout the Siltcoos area, open sand dunes are interspersed with coastal forest. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area features the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
Snowy plovers, a threatened species of small coastal bird, have a designated nesting habitat on Siltcoos Beach. Seasional closures apply.
Additional nearby hiking opportunities include Siltcoos Lake Trail, Taylor Dunes Trail, and Tahkenitch Creek Trail. For a change of scenery, off-road vehicle enthusiasts can check out the riding areas at South Jetty. For boating and fishing, visit Siltcoos Lake, Carter Lake, or Sutton Lake.
Off-road vehicle riding is the primary attraction in the Siltcoos area, with miles of designated trail and a large open riding zone. Elsewhere, Stagecoach Hiking Trailhead provides access to several non-motorized trails, including the accessible Lagoon Trail and the longer Waxmyrtle Trail. The Waxmyrtle Trail meanders through coastal shore pine forests and follows the Siltcoos River to the beach.
Visitors also enjoy playing in the surf and birding at the beach. A variety of shorebirds are often spotted on the shore. Seasonal whale-watching is also a popular activity.
Campsites that are not occupied after 24 hours of arrival time will be considered as a "no show" and sites will be released for others to reserve. If campers will be arriving after 24 hours of their arrival time, they are encouraged to call the ranger station at 541-271-6000 to let staff know.
Oregon Dunes Visitor Center 855 HIGHWAY 101 Reedsport OR 97467
For campground inquiries, please call: 541-271-6000
From Florence, Oregon, travel about 7 miles south on Highway 101 to the Siltcoos Beach Access Road. Turn right (west) onto the Siltcoos Beach Access Road and proceed 1.3 miles to the Driftwood II Campground entrance. Turn right onto the access road and continue straight to reach the sand (do not turn into the campground).
Off-road vehicle trails can also be accessed from the Siltcoos Beach staging area, which is another 0.3 miles further west on the Siltcoos Beach Access Road.