Looking for a relaxing, peaceful late summer camping experience in a state park… (2010)
But don’t have reservations?
You can still book campsites for weekends and weekdays at a few state parks as summer winds down. As of today, Labor Day weekend space is available at these parks, offering getaways with just the right mix of play and solitude:
- Farewell Bend State Recreation Area, on the banks of the Snake River’s Brownlee Reservoir between Baker City and Ontario;
- Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area, between Medford and Crater Lake National Park, and
- William Tugman State Park, six miles south of Reedsport on the Oregon coast.
Farewell Bend is a shady oasis in a scenic desert setting, and has the most vacancies in any park for Sept. 3-5. If you’re a history buff, nearby markers and exhibits recall the experiences of covered wagon travelers who enjoyed the site as a pleasant respite on the Oregon Trail. Take your fishing gear. Although the reservoir level has lowered, the fish that survived the onslaught of anglers earlier in the summer are still waiting for a challenge.
If you hurry, you can still book a campsite at William Tugman or Joseph Stewart.
A few of the 200-plus campsites Joseph Stewart has in the woods above Lost Creek Reservoir remain reservable. The park, with its boat ramp and marina services, is a popular destination for boaters and anglers. If you like to hike and bike, the park also offers more than five miles of hiking trails and another six miles of bicycle paths.
William Tugman doesn’t have an ocean beachfront, but it has everything else. On the shore of sparkling blue Eel Lake, the park is tucked in the forest just east of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Highway 101. The freshwater lake offers good fishing for largemouth bass. An ADA- accessible fishing dock is there for anglers without boats. Look for wildlife while you hike or canoe around the lake’s south side inlets.
For reservations call, 1-800-452-5687.