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Overview of Cape Lookout State Park

Cape Lookout State Park is a public recreation area located on the north Oregon Coast, about 12 miles southwest of Tillamook. The park is renowned for its scenic beauty, consisting of a sandy beach backed by forested cliffs, as well as a campground nestled in the coastal forest.

Camping Facilities

The state park offers a range of camping options including:

  • Tent camping: There are designated areas for tent camping set in picturesque locations.
  • RV camping: The park provides sites with electrical hookups for RVs, although size limitations may exist, so check details before arrival.
  • Yurts and Cabins: For those who prefer something more substantial, the park rents yurts and cabins, which can be a convenient and comfortable lodging option.
  • Group camping: For larger gatherings, the park offers group camping sites.

Campsite Reservations

  • Advance Reservations: It's highly advisable to make reservations well in advance, especially during peak summer months, to ensure you get a spot.
  • Reservation System: Reservations can typically be made online through the Oregon State Parks reservation system or over the phone.

Campsite Rules and Regulations

  • Check-In and Check-Out Times: Be aware of the specific check-in and check-out times for the campground.
  • Quiet Hours: Respect quiet hours, usually from late evening to early morning.
  • Fire Regulations: Follow all rules regarding campfires, including restrictions during wildfire season.
  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after.
  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and secure all food items to avoid attracting animals to your campsite.

Activities and Amenities

  • Hiking: Cape Lookout offers several hiking trails, including a trail to the tip of the cape.
  • Beachcombing: The long beach is ideal for walking, fishing, beachcombing, and viewing wildlife.
  • Whale Watching: During migration seasons, the park is a prime spot for whale watching.
  • Facilities: The park is typically equipped with restrooms, showers, a dump station, and other basic amenities for campers.

Safety and Preparedness

  • Weather: Be prepared for coastal weather, which can be unpredictable and change quickly.
  • Tide Tables: If exploring the beach, be aware of tide times to avoid being caught in high tides.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Always have a first aid kit, know the location of the nearest hospital, and have a plan for emergencies.

Environmental Considerations

  • Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.
  • Flora and Fauna Protection: Stay on marked trails to protect plant life and do not disturb wildlife.

Local Attractions

  • Nearby Towns: Explore local towns like Tillamook, known for its dairy industry and cheese factory.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy scenic drives along the coast, with opportunities for stunning ocean views.
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse: Visit the nearby Cape Meares Lighthouse for a dose of local history and panoramic views.


  • Access for All: Check for ADA-accessible facilities if needed. Some yurts and sites may be designed to accommodate visitors with disabilities.

Contact and Information

For the most current information, directly contact the park or check the official Oregon State Parks website, as details and conditions can change over time. Be sure to have all the necessary information and reservations confirmed before heading out on your camping trip.

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