2023 Annular Solar Eclipse Camping Options

2023 Annular Solar Eclipse Eye

In this article, we will be looking at several different camping organizations to make sure that one can know how early and the rules for camping at each location for the 2023 annular solar eclipse. There are several areas that this annular lookout will be going through, including Fire Lookouts, State Parks, but not the cities as this is camping options. This is not a complete list of all of the camping sites that are not in state parks, but if there are areas of interest that you would like us to add, please let us know in the comments or via Twitter and we will get on it!

Please note: these camping spots are only in the center of the path of the annular solar eclipse. With the entire Pacific Northwest able to view the annular solar eclipse, any camping spot that is close to a viewing spot of the eclipse would work. But we are taking some time to provide some information on parks in the center of the path.

National Forests and Wildlife Areas

Umpqua National Forest
The table below summarizes the options, which has information on the US Forest Service website. Check the USFS for the most current information about the campgrounds and their status.

Site TypeNumber Of LocationsNumber Of Spots
Cabin Rentals1111
Campground Camping39832
Dispersed Camping22+
Group Camping69* People Per Site Varies
RV Camping120+
Table 1: Author Created

Willamette National Forest
The table below summarizes the options, which has information on the US Forest Service website. Check the USFS for the most current information about the campgrounds and their status.

Site TypeNumber Of LocationsNumber Of Spots
Cabin Rentals88
Campground Camping60
Dispersed Camping00
Group Camping1162
RV Camping15404
Table 2: Author Created

Steens Mountain Natural Reserve
The Bureau of Land Management provides a great resource!

Oregon State Parks

Oregon State Parks open up their reservations for camping 6 months in advance through Reserve America. The following state parks have options for camping and can fill up quickly:

  • Beachside State Recreation Site
    • 32 electrical sites with water (one vehicle per site)
    • 42 tent sites with water nearby (one vehicle per site)
    • Two yurts (one pet-friendly) Note: 2-NIGHT STAY MINIMUM
  • Beverly Beach State Park
    • 53 full-hook up sites (27 with cable TV)
    • 76 electrical sites with water (32 pull-through)
    • 128 tent sites with water nearby
  • Bullards Beach State Park
    • 103 full-hookup sites
    • 82 electrical sites with water
    • 13 yurts (6 pet-friendly) 
  • Cape Blanco State Park
    • 52 electrical sites with water
    • 4 reservable standard cabins (2 pet friendly)
  • Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area
    • 150 electrical sites with water
    • 50 tent sites with water
    • 2 group tent camping areas
  • Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
    • 47 full-hookup sites 
    • 121 electrical sites with water
    • 187 tent sites with water nearby
    • 10 yurts (5 pet-friendly)
    • 6 seasonal group tent camping areas
  • South Beach State Park
    • 227 electrical sites with water
    • 60 tent sites
    • 27 yurts
  • Sunset Bay State Park
    • 30 full-hookup sites
    • 35 electrical sites with water
    • 65 tent sites with water nearby
    • 8 yurts (4 pet-friendly)
  • Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
    • 12 full hookup sites
    • 8 electrical sites with water
    • 23 tent sites with water nearby
    • 2 rustic yurts (1 pet-friendly)
    • 6 deluxe yurts (3 pet-friendly)
    • 2 rustic log cabins (1 pet-friendly)
  • Valley of the Rogue State Park
    • 92 full-hookup sites (23 pull-through)
    • 58 electrical sites with water
    • 8 tent sites with water nearby
    • 8 yurts (4 pet-friendly
    • 3 group tent areas
  • William M. Tugman State Park
    • 93 electrical sites with water (2 have accessible design)
    • 16 yurts (11 have accessible design; 8 pet-friendly)

National Parks

Crater Lake

The following table shows camping options, but it looks like that Crater Lake ends their camping season in late September. Although Crater Lake would be a great place to view the Annular eclipse, camping here might not be available. We have previously discussed the camping for Crater Lake as part of our unique astronomy series. Check out the Crater Lake NPS website to see current status as October 14th is right around when the East Rim Drive closes in some years. This means that only 1/2 of the road around the lake could be available to view from.

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