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Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Florence
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, also known simply as Honeyman State Park, is located in Lane County, three miles (4.8 km) south of the city of Florence, on Highway 101. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area adjoins the park to the west. Many amenities are available, including over 200 campsites, all-terrain vehicle access, swimming, fishing and sandboarding.Originally named Camp Woahink, the park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and was later renamed in honor Jessie M. Honeyman (1852–1948) of Portland. As president of the Oregon Roadside Council, Honeyman worked with Samuel Boardman, Oregon's first Superintendent of State Parks in the 1920s and 1930s, to preserve Oregon coastal lands.Several of the structures built by the CCC, including the camp store, three picnic shelters, and the administrative building, comprise the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park Historic District. The campground was added in the 1950s. The Lake Woahink Seaplane Base is on Woahink Lake, southeast of the park, and Camp Cleawox, a Girl Scout camp, is across Cleawox Lake and northwest of the park.Plan your visit to Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Florence travel itinerary planner.
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We were lucky enough to find a campsite a month before Labor Day (likely due to a cancellation because usually sites are booked well in advance). Our site happened to be a few sites down from the entr... read more »
This is a very nice campground with all a variety of things to do. They have great camp hosts and the sites and restrooms are kept clean. We love Lake Cleawox there and enjoy renting the kayaks and ca... read more »
We enjoyed our lunch at Cleawox Lake in the park. As we had our picnic, we watched other visitors climb the sand dunes across the lake. A nice stop on our way north.
Haven't camp there for over 20 years. I remembered that there was no hot water at the showers. Funny, nothing has changed. No hot water. Prices have gone up but the the services have stayed the same? Also, the shower rooms are dirty. At least the bathrooms had soap.
This park has been a staple on the Oregon Coast for 100 years. My grandma used to be a life guard at Honeymoon when she was a teenager. She said, "I loved my summers at the Lake, but quite frequently a cold fog would blow in suddenly and put a terrible freeze on you. My nipples would get really hard and stick thru my suit. Maybe thats why I have lemon socks now." There is plenty to do here, including water craft rental for $10/hr..... Paddle boards, pedal boats, and canoes. The lake has bluegill fish if you like fishing. The dunes boarder the southern edge of the lake and is a great place to ride down the dunes on sandboards or just jump down the dunes into the water. You can find many places to get some sun and relax if that's what you're looking for. The only downside is that they used to sell ice cream and snacks in the store and now they don't sell anything. The campground is awesome too, but you have to reserve many months ahead of time if you want to get a spot, especially in the summer.
Tight campsites for RVs, but generally doable. The camp hosts and rangers at Honeyman State Park were very focused on 'policing' here, noticeably moreso than other Oregon coastal state parks. It didn't affect our stay but felt rather oppressive at times - especially when our campsite was covered with litter when we arrived. Seems like priorities deserve a little rebalancing. This is a beautiful park next to the Siuslaw dunes, well worth a visit. Cleawox Lake with water sports and a sandboarding area add to the allure.
Nice facilities and tons to do in and around the park. Great for people with sand vehicles, but still fun if you don't. If you want a paddle boat, get to the marina early as they fill up fast. The wind is also not as strong in the morning. All in all a great place to camp with friends or family.
The Gentleman Farmer
This is a huge campground. I can only imagine how busy this place must get during the prime summer season. There must have been 10 different camp hosts throughout the park. This park has decent 4G LTE coverage, free showers, clean bathrooms, level tent camp sites great for self-contained dry campers like us. At $21 per night, it's a good deal. Plenty of things for the kids to do, including a play ground, beach for swimming on the lake, paddle boats, and plenty of sand dunes.
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