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There are at least 32 public campgrounds and many more private facilities along the south coast, from Reedsport to Eureka. Some are located near the beach with views of the Pacific Ocean while others are located further inland or up one of the many Wild and Scenic Rivers.


The southern Oregon and Northern California coast is less crowded, so visit and enjoy the serenity, the spectacular views, the wide open beaches and natural beauty. The campgrounds to the north are located in or near the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. Many of these campgrounds are oriented towards ATV / dune buggy activities and can be quite noisy, so choose carefully.


In northern California, many of the public campgrounds are in the redwoods and they fill up quickly, so reservations are required during peak months and should be made well in advance.


Reedsport & Winchester


This is the Oregon Dunes area and many of the sites are oriented towards ATV's and dune buggies. If you don't want to be part of that crowd, do not stay there as there are several alternatives. This area also may have the best facilities for those camping with horses who also want to ride on trails. There are several sites that forbid ATV's but welcome tents and RV's


Coos Bay and Charleston


The topography changes dramatically at Coos Bay. North are the dunes, while south are cliffs with beaches in between. ATV's in the dunes, while none are present south of town.




Bandon has the least variety of camping except there is one spectacular campground just north of town.


Port Orford and Gold Beach


Gold Beach has a shortage of state campgrounds along the coast, but Port Orford makes up for that with Cape Sebastian just north of town and Mt. Humbug south. Gold Beach has a number of private campgrounds along the Rogue River and a few in town. There are a large number of primitive or limited service Forest Service camping options east of Port Orford and Gold Beach. Plus there are camping options up the Rogue River near Agness and the Illinois River.




Brookings has Harris Beach immediately north of town as well as camping up the Chetco River. There are also options up the Chetco River that run from hookups to Forest Service Primitive.


Crescent City


Crescent City has the campgrounds in the redwoods. They are located east and south and are fabulous, but they fill quickly. There are overflows near town that are built in second growth redwoods.