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William M. Tugman State Park

Park History

The park was acquired between 1962 and 1976 through gifts from the Oregon State Game Commission and purchase from private owners. The park protects the public access to and use of Eel Lake, which over many years had become partly filled with logging debris. The lake was cleaned out by the Game Commission prior to its transfer for park purposes. The area has been developed for camping and day use, including boating and swimming and fishing. The name commemorates William M. Tugman (1894-1961), prominent newspaperman of Eugene and Reedsport. Tugman headed Governor Paul Patterson's State Park Advisory Committee, which made the important citizens' report and recommendations on State Parks in 1956. He became the first chairman of the State Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, which was formed in 1957.

Acreage: 560.48

Annual overnight attendance: 46,511

Annual day-use attendance: 318,580

William M. Tugman State Park FAQ


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

Tugman State Park entrace 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.

Where is the nearest RV dump station?

There is a dump station available just before the entrance of Tugman's overnight camp.  There is a $3.00 suggestion donation.

Does Tugman State Park have wi-fi?

Wi-fi is not available at Tugman State Park.

About Camping

Are there any campsites or yurts on or with a view of Eel Lake?

No.  However, Eel Lake/Tugman State Park Day Use is accessable by trail from the Tugman Overnight Campground.

Can I bring my own firewood?

Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground (firewood bundles can be purchased from the camp hosts), or close to it.  Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests.  You can make a difference.  For more information, visit


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

No.  You must make reservations for campsites or yurts 24 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, reserve sites or guaranty availability.

What's Allowed

Are ATV's allowed in the park?

ATV's are not allowed to be used in the park.


Are pets allowed in the yurts?

Tugman State Park has 8 pet friendly yurts.  These are the only yurts that pets are allowed.  To reserve a pet friendly yurt please call Reservations Northwest  at 1-800-452-5687.

Day use/Special Events

Statewide FAQ

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