Eel Lake Trail Hike

William M. Tugman State Park

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • The beginning of the Eel Lake Trail.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • Eel Lake Trail.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • A riot of ferns.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • Rough-skinned newt.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • One of many resting benches along the trail.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • Fall color along Eel Lake.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • Maple leaf along the trail.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • Eel Lake.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • Eel Lake Trail.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • Eel Lake.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • One of many kinds of mushrooms along the trail.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • Eel Lake mushrooms.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • The trail is wonderful for a run.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
  • View of the day use area from the trail.- Eel Lake Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Mostly flat. Very scenic. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
60.00 ft (18.29 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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William M. Tugman State Park is a popular spot for camping and enjoying Eel Lake. The trail that follows the shore of Eel Lake is a wonderful and mostly flat route for hikers and bikers.

Beginning at the south edge of the large grass area near the boat ramp, the Eel Lake Trail starts by crossing the outlet creek over a wooden bridge. The trail winds 3 miles along the shore of the lake, crosses several creeks and offers changing views of the lake and the surrounding wooded hills. Very popular with joggers or walkers and open to dogs on a leash, this trail does not have spectacular vistas, but it is a lovely example of old-growth coastal forest, and it offers many rewards for the observant hiker. Mushrooms and ferns abound in the moist environment. The trail does not go completely around the lake, so it is an out-and-back trail only.

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