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Camping at Tillicum Campground

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Location and Accessibility

Tillicum Campground is nestled along the central Oregon coast, within the Siuslaw National Forest. It is situated near the town of Yachats and lies close to the Pacific Ocean. The campground offers relatively easy access for visitors with its location off of Highway 101, which is well-maintained and accessible year-round.

Camping Facilities

Tillicum Campground provides a number of facilities to enhance the camping experience. Here are some key amenities:

  • Campsites: There are several individual sites available for tent and RV camping. Some sites may accommodate trailers or RVs of certain lengths, so it's important to check site specifications when booking.
  • Picnic Tables: Each site typically comes with a picnic table.
  • Fire Rings: Fire rings for campfires are provided at each campsite, allowing campers to enjoy a classic camping experience.
  • Restrooms: The campground usually has vault toilets available for use. It is important to note that there might not be running water, and flushing toilets may not be available.
  • Drinking Water: Campers need to verify if potable water is available onsite. In some cases, visitors may need to bring their own drinking water.

Please note that amenities can change over time, so checking ahead with the Forest Service for the most current information is essential.

Activities and Recreation

Tillicum Campground is well-positioned for a variety of recreational activities:

  • Beach Access: Proximity to the ocean allows for beachcombing, tide pooling, and sometimes whale watching.
  • Hiking: The surrounding Siuslaw National Forest offers numerous hiking trails with diverse scenery.
  • Fishing: Streams and rivers nearby can offer opportunities for fishing, but always check local regulations and seasonal restrictions.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a variety of wildlife, both marine and terrestrial.
  • Scenic Drives: The coastline offers breathtaking scenic drives, particularly along Highway 101.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for campgrounds in national forests can typically be made through the Recreation.gov website. There is often a fee for camping which varies depending on the facilities provided and the site's popularity. It is advisable to book in advance, especially for peak camping seasons and weekends.

Regulations and Safety

Campers at Tillicum are subject to federal regulations observed in all national forests. Key rules to remember include:

  • Fire Safety: Always obey fire bans and restrictions. Keep fires manageable and ensure they are completely extinguished before leaving them unattended.
  • Garbage: "Pack it in, pack it out" is the general rule for all trash.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely to not attract wildlife to campsites.
  • Pets: If pets are allowed, they must usually be kept on a leash.

Campers should be prepared for variable weather conditions and potentially strong coastal winds. Always ensure you have sturdy camping gear and appropriate clothing for coastal weather.

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information, it's best to contact the Siuslaw National Forest directly:

  • Website: fs.usda.gov/siuslaw
  • Phone: Specific contact numbers for ranger districts can be found on the website.
  • Addresses: Ranger district addresses are also provided on the website for in-person inquiries.

Camping in the Siuslaw National Forest at Tillicum Campground can be an enjoyable and memorable experience provided that campers come prepared and adhere to the guidelines provided by the Forest Service.

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