Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Park History

Lands for this park were acquired between 1930 and 1951. Much of the original park was given to the state by Douglas County. Additional lands were purchased from the U. S. Government and private owners. In 1951, Menasha Wooden Ware Company donated just over one hundred acres. In 1968, a small surplus was returned to Douglas County. With the creation of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA) on the surrounding Siuslaw National Forest in 1972, an exchange of land was made with the U. S. Forest Service. The state of Oregon deeded 2,265 acres to the ODNRA in exchange for 1,006.48 acres of potential park land in Deschutes, Klamath and Lane counties. This exchange was completed in 1981. In its original conception, Umpqua Lighthouse Park was acquired to preserve the forested basin of Lake Marie plus a large ocean frontage with adjoining sand dunes. The park extended to the Oregon Coast Highway and bordered Clear Lake, the Reedsport water source, on its westerly side. Trees in the park included large Sitka spruce, western hemlock and shore pine as well as large specimens of rhododendron. The present Umpqua River Lighthouse was built in 1894 to signal the entrance to the Umpqua River. It replaced an earlier aid to navigation and remains a feature of the adjoining U. S. Coast Guard lighthouse base. Development of facilities in the state park began with trails and a picnic area at Lake Marie constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. In the late 1950s, an overnight camping area was added.

Acreage: 362.36

Annual overnight attendance: 23,665

Annual day-use attendance: 400,962


Umpqua Lighthouse State Park FAQ

General

Can I walk to the beach from my campsite at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park?

No.  There is no beach access from the park.  The beach is a short 5 minute drive away from the campground.

What if I have a reservation but I can't arrive until very late in the evening?

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park entrance is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  If you plan to arrive late in the evening your site will be waiting.

If you have reserved a yurt or a cabin, please refer to your confirmation email that contains the combination to the yurt or cabin you have reserved.

Can I fish in Lake Marie?

Yes!  Lake Marie is stocked with rainbow trout 3 times a year.  Non motorized boats are allowed on the lake.

Can I sign up for a lighthouse tour at the park?

No.    Douglas County currently maintains and operates the Umpqua River Lighthouse.  Information about museum and lighthouse tours can be obtained by calling 541-271-4631.  If you mention it took 240,000 bricks to construct the lighthouse tower, you'll get a tour discount.

I want to camp tonight, can I make a reservation?

No.  You must make reservations 48 hours to 9 months in advance and are highly recommended.  If you would like to camp tonight or tomorrow night, it is first come first served.  The park cannot hold or reserve sites or guarantee availability.

How do I make a reservation?

You can make a reservation at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park by calling Reservations Northwest toll free at 1-800-452-5687 Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You may also make reservations online by clicking on the green reserve online button at the top of this page.

Our sites are reservable 48 hours to 9 months in advance.  If you don't reserve OR would like to camp tonight or tomorrow night you can simply show up and take your chances.

About Camping

Do I have to pay to use the shower if I am camping at the campground?

  The showers are available for no charge to campers in the campground.

Are there any campsites, yurts or cabins on Lake Marie?

No.  However, there are short walking trails from the campground around Lake Marie.  The odd numbered deluxe yurts and the 2 rustic cabins do offer a stunning view of the lake.

Where is the nearest RV dump station?

There is a dump station located at  William Tugman overnight campground, about 5 miles south of Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.  There is a $3.00 suggested donation.

What's Allowed

Can I ride my ATV from my campsite to the dunes?

No.  We do not allow ATV use in the park.  There are staging areas available in Winchester Bay.

Animals

Are pets allowed in the park?

Yes! Pets are welcome at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.  All pets must be confined by the owner, or on a leash not more than six (6) feet long, and kept under physical control at all times.  You're responsible for removal of all waste.  Pets must stay quiet during campground quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

I would like to stay in a yurt or a cabin. Can I bring my dog or my cat?

One deluxe yurt is now pet friendly to dogs and cats. There is a $10 per night fee for any reservation or walk-in to a pet designated yurt.

 


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