South Jetty, located less than two miles south of Florence, is an ideal camping area for off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Visitors can camp, ride the dunes, and take in memorable views of the Pacific Ocean. Several designated off-road vehicle routes and an open riding area are present to the south of South Jetty Road.
South Jetty is located within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA). The ODNRA contains the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
Sites can only be accessed by 4X4 vehicles. No water is available so campers should bring an ample amount. Campsites are primitive and all campers must bring their own portable toilets and fire pans.
Standard campsites fit 5 vehicles and up to 20 people. The group campsite fits 10 vehicles and up to 40 people. Within each campsite, all vehicles and tents must be positioned within 150 feet of the campsite marker post. Campsites are available year-round (by reservation only) and reservations may fill up quickly during peak summer season.
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:
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.
For more information on COVID-19 in Oregon, please visit: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19
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.
Camp only within designated sites and within 150 feet of the site marker
No drinking water or facilities available; please bring all necessary equipment including water, portable toilets, and fire pans
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Snowy plovers, a threatened species of small coastal bird, has a designated nesting habitat on Siltcoos Beach. Beach access in the nesting area is restricted during Snowy Plover nesting season (March 15-September 15). The USFS coordinates with Oregon State Parks and beach goers to protect these threatened birds during a very sensitive time.
Campsites are located directly on the sand and are dispersed amongst the dunes. The nearby dunefield is known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level.
South Jetty is just south of Florence, which is a full service community featuring restaurants, shops, and other activities. Additional hiking, beachcombing, and off-road vehicle riding opportunities are available in the Siltcoos Recreation Area, which is 6 miles south of South Jetty Road. For boating and fishing, visit Siltcoos Lake, Carter Lake, or Sutton Lake.
Off-road vehicle riding is the largest attraction here, with designated routes and miles of open riding areas on the sand. From the nearby South Jetty Day-Use Area, hikers can enjoy miles of open beach, with opportunities to view sea birds and explore dune formations. The non-motorized section of beach is separate from the off-road vehicle area. During certain times of year, whales may be spotted in the ocean.
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.
Oregon Dunes Visitor Center 855 HIGHWAY 101 Reedsport OR 97467
For campground inquiries, please call: 541-271-6000
From Florence, Oregon, travel south on Highway 101 for 1 mile to South Jetty Road. Turn right and proceed 1 ½ miles to the Goosepasture Staging area on the left.