Eel Lake Hike and Strider Picnic

Saturday June 8, 2019


Join us for one of our favorite hikes.


This experience can be appropriate for paddlers as well as hikers.


There will be a 4 mile hike out and back along the Eel Lake Trail.  This is a beautiful and fairly level trail which runs around the south edge of the lake for 3 miles.


The longer hike (6 miles total ) will proceed at a brisker pace out to the end of the trail and back for those of you who want more of a workout.  Hikers can explore the lakes many inlets and maybe catch a glimpse of osprey,  eagle and deer  as you walk through forests of spruce, cedar, fir, and alder.


Eel Lake is also a very nice flat water paddle & has a swimming area.


Pack a lunch to eat in the picnic area after the hike.


If you are a paddler, you might consider coming early (7:30am) to paddle on the lake before the wind picks up.   If you time it right you could get in a nice paddle and then go on the hike at 10 am.

Location and Time


Meet at day use area at 10:00


Driving Directions: From the Visitor Center in downtown Coos Bay drive 18 miles N. on Hwy 101 to Tugman State Park on your right. Turn in and follow the signs to the day use area at Eel Lake.


 Suggest Carpool Sites and Departure Times:


  • Reedsport Visitor Center—9: 30,
  • Coos Bay Visitor Center—9:20,
  • Ray’s in Bandon—8:55,
  • Coquille Visitor Center—8:55.
  • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:00.

South Coast Striders