If you love the beach, and the outdoors in general, then Oregon is a wonderful recreational playground for you.
Blessed with a collection of outstanding state parks they provide you with plenty of chance and choice of locations to reconnect with nature.
A lot of these state parks are located within an hour’s drive of city of Coos Bay. Which means they are perfect destinations for a day trip adventure, or as a place to relax and camp for a few days.
Providing you with a terrific mix of different landscape for you to enjoy, you will be able to check out endless miles of beaches, as well as many acres of shimmering lakes, dense forests and flowing rivers.
If you are looking for a change of scene and perhaps a slower pace of life, there are a number of fabulous state parks in and around Coos Bay you can visit.
Below is an overview of five of them, which all are spectacular places to go for activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, swimming or a range of other water sports.
Map of State Parks Near Coos Bay OR
Here is a map of the Oregon state parks covered in this post:
List of State Parks Near Coos Bay
Showcased below is a list of five state parks near Coos Bay we recommend you visit when you want to get back to nature.
1. Bullards Beach State Park
Location: Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR 97411
Around 15 miles south of Coos Bay, Bullards Beach State Park provides an excellent destination for a day trip or overnight stay.
Situated at the mouth of the Coquille River, this large, family-oriented park is just two miles north of the city of Bandon, which provides you with a great range of shops, bars and restaurants.
The park itself is a haven for equestrian activities as well as hiking, biking and extended beach walking, with the sand stretching for almost 5 miles. There is also very good fishing and crabbing in the nearby river too.
The lovely campground here is set out amongst stately shore pines, which protect it from strong ocean breezes.
It features 103 full-hookup sites, 82 electrical sites with water and 13 pet-friendly yurts. There is also a horse camp here too with 8 rustic sites.
2. William M. Tugman State Park
Location: Unnamed Road, Lakeside, OR 97449
At just over 17 miles north, the William M. Tugman State Park is another state park that is close to Coos Bay.
Despite being not too far from Highway 101, it is a largely unknown area – which gives it a somewhat private getaway feel.
Located around Eel Lake, which you will find near the small and quaint community of Lakeside, it is a wonderful fishing spot for bass, coho salmon and rainbow trout.
There are also plenty of options for sailing, boating, swimming and canoeing too, while a number of trails will take you through many forested areas replete with cedar, spruce, alder and fir.
Nestled within a mature stand of shore pines, the campground here is open all year round.
It accommodates 93 electrical sites that come with water and 16 yurts, 8 of which are pet- friendly. There are also flush toilets and showers available too.
3. Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
Location: 84505 Oregon Coast Hwy S, Florence, OR 97439
Some 45 miles north of Coos Bay you’ll find the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park.
Tucked away in sand dunes, this lovely park is just two miles to the ocean and all the beachside activities that offers.
Affectionately known as ‘Honeyman’ it boasts the second largest state park campground in Oregon, as well as two magnificent freshwater lakes, which are wonderful for fishing and boating.
During the spring the area is full of pink rhododendrons, which renders it even more beautiful.
Camping is available all year round with 47 full hookup sites. They also have 121 electrical sites with water, and 187 tent sites with water nearby too.
In addition there are 10 yurts and 6 seasonal group tent camping areas.
4. Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park
Location: Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, Florence, OR 97439
Situated within the Siuslaw National Forest, just north of the town of Florence, the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is around 62 miles north of Coos Bay.
Featuring a very picturesque wide beach, which showcases awesome beach views, the sand provides plenty of opportunities to whale watch, beach combing for agates, fly kites, fish, walk your dog and sunbathe.
There are also a number of fabulous trailheads, at both the north and south ends of the campground, which will lead you in to lush coastal forest that provide plenty of spectacular hiking.
The main campground here features 41 full sites that come with electricity and water hookups, as well 14 electrical sites with water and two yurts.
There are also flush toilets and hot showers, as well as a RV dump station. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.
5. Beachside State Recreation Site
Location: Beachside State Park, Waldport, OR 97394
At just under 80 miles north of Coos Bay, the Beachside State Recreation Site is a must for all beach campers!
Situated directly upon endless miles of immaculate sandy beach, this is the perfect spot for rest and relaxation by the ocean.
Everything from kite flying and surfing to beach combing and whale watching is possible here, so there is plenty to keep you entertained.
The magnificent view of the sunset from this park is something you will look forward to every day.
In addition you will also find three lighthouses, various tide pools and plenty of hiking and driving tours, as well as crabbing, fishing and clamming opportunities within 30 miles of the park in either direction.
The campground here is open between March and October, with every site being just a few seconds walk to the beach.
It features 32 electrical sites that come with water, as well as 42 other tent sites which have water nearby. It also has flush toilets and hot showers too.