Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Campgrounds has moved to Reservation Only
Reedsport, OR – Starting August 3, campgrounds and designated sand camping areas in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area of the Siuslaw National Forest will require all campsites to be reserved online through Recreation.gov, or by phone at 877-444-6777.
At these campgrounds, campsites previously available on a first come, first served basis and paid for in cash will now require an electronic reservation and payment. Listed below, and on our website, are the 19 campgrounds and designated sand camping areas that will be affected. Guests are encouraged to check online for available campsites and make their reservation prior to leaving home; however, they may also use their smart phones to book an open site, if available, once they arrive at the campground. Previously, campground reservations had to be made days in advance or by luck of the first come, first serve system.
Horsfall, Horsfall Beach
Tahkenitch, Tahkenitch Landing Tyee
“We hope these changes will allow more visitors the opportunity to plan in advance,” said Garrit Craig, Deputy District Ranger for the Central Coast Ranger District and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. “Summer is the busy camping season for areas along the Oregon Coast and many campers hoping for a first come, first serve site often leave disappointed. This new method will give travelers a better idea of what campgrounds are full and which ones have availability.” This will also help campground hosts and visitors maintain appropriate social distancing.
Those who visit a campground with an open campsite, but do not have a reservation, will have to find access to internet in order to reserve their campsite. Some campgrounds have strong cell service where others may require guests to drive a short distance to find reception. “Long-term, to make it easier on campers, we are hoping to install signal boosters at campgrounds that do not have good data coverage,” said Craig.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extending from Coos Bay, OR to Florence, OR. These changes do not affect dispersed camping, which is also available in designated areas of the forest. Please visit Recreation.gov to reserve a developed campsite. For more information, contact the Reedsport office at 541-271-6000, or visit our website.