Sleep Sandy: Budget Campgrounds Near Florence OR
Budget campgrounds near Florence OR? You bet.
Oregon’s Coast near Florence has something for everyone when it comes to limited-budget accommodations. There are motels of every variety—just mosey down the Hwy 101 main drag or north or south of town and you’ll find something—and there are campgrounds, campgrounds, campgrounds, campgrounds in every nook and cranny.
The municipal Port of Siuslaw Campground, if you like to wander around and check out the hustle and bustle of the harbor. Focused on RV’s.
A county campground, Harbor Vista Campground, right in town near the North Jetty.
A state campground, Honeyman State Park. This very large campground is popular with families, not a place that is especially quiet and relaxing. Want to camp in a yurt? Here’s your chance.
Any other possibility you fancy before we focus on the USFS, a DCMB favorite? Get info on every single public campground in this area (and the whole of the US) by launching the Road Trip Planner App along with the Ultimate Public Campground Project. Reviews here: Ultimate Public Campground App OKC to Amarillo: Review and Review: Ultimate Public Campground Project, Amarillo to El Paso.
Onwards…to the USFS Campgrounds Near Florence OR
Then there are the US Forest Service campgrounds. As you may know, Muddy Boots is particularly partial to USFS campgrounds because they are limited-budget-friendly, especially if you have an NPS Senior Pass. (See Location, Location: Public Campground Savvy For Adventuring Seniors for an overview of plusses and minuses of different types of public campgrounds.)
Surely, there must be a few USFS campgrounds in this area? Ummm….40, to be precise. No, that’s not a typo: forty in the Siuslaw National Forest, centered in Florence.
There are USFS campgrounds for tenting on the beach, for sleeping in the woods and next to a lake, for ORVs and for horses, for rallies and for large groups,for summer and for year-round, for noisy folks and quieter people. And….for regular visitors whenever.
Where to begin? Siltcoos
A few miles south of Florence (close to Dunes City) there’s a cluster of USFS campgrounds and other facilities in the Siltcoos area. Focus on Lagoon Campground, which in 2015-2016 was open year-round. The nearby Waxmyrtle Campground is also lovely, but has a shorter season.
Lagoon Campground has many private spots as well as meadow camping. It’s level and suited to smaller motorhomes, trailers, vans, as well as tents. Many sites are roomy, and the general feel of the campground is bright, especially welcoming when the fog rolls in. Bathrooms in fall 2015 were absolutely, categorically, spotless (cleaned 2-3 times per day!). The campground is surrounded by a disabled-friendly nature walk (link to video).
You can see photos of individual sites via Campsite.
Like other campgrounds near Florence OR
Lagoon Campground makes a good base for tip-top adventuring, including Dunes And Chowder, All In A Day: Oregon Coast.
Extra feature? The host in fall 2015 was a local fellow doing a 6-month stint. All this means local stories, know-how, and local highlights. He couldn’t have been more solicitous, and the stories… Local color, hither and yon.
USFS Sutton Campground
On the other side—north—of Florence, USFS Sutton Campground has a vastly different feel from Lagoon Campground: Sutton is more woodsy and tends towards gloomy in the rain and at dusk. You can see photos of individual sites via Campsite.
Aaaand, unlike Lagoon Campground, Sutton has RV hookups.
Not so great: Muddy Boots had to scramble up a bank through the bushes to get to the bathroom.
More adventures on the Oregon Coast: Sleep On A Bar (Or A Beach) Somewhere Near Brookings OR; Go Rogue: Sleep Somewhere Near Gold Beach OR.
Photo credits for campgrounds near Florence OR. Featured image and top, Sand dunes near Florence OR: Public Domain by OSU. Cleawox Lake and Honeyman State Park: CC BY-SA 3.0 by Adbar via Wikimedia. Yurt at Honeyman: CC BY-SA 2.0 by Kyle Pearce via Flickr. Panel…USFS Alder Lake Campground: CC BY-SA 2.0 by ODFW via Flickr; Campground with dune buggies and RV’s, jo0203: CC BY 2.0 by Mark Goebel via Flickr. Lagoon Campground sign: Public domain via USFS. Siltcoos trail (NOT nature walk around Lagoon Campground): Courtesy Dune City Hall. USFS Ranger Pickup on a dune: Public Domain by USFS via Flickr.
Related low-key adventures, especially in Siltcoos area, at: Cascade Ramblings.