William Tugman State Park--Eel Lake Kayak Tours

The kayak tours are designed for beginning kayakers and kayakers of all skill levels. The entire tour takes about 4 hours which include review of skills and technique, safety orientation and kayaking on calm water in Eel Lake, located at William Tugman State Park. We provide recreational kayaks, paddles and life jackets.

Eel Lake is a large, deep lake formed by a series of geological events and is located south of Reedsport, adjacent to the William Tugman State Park. The kayak tour will take you along the shoreline of the lake where you'll see a the diversity of flora and fauna in the area.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own water or snacks. Gloves can help with paddling but are not necessary.

  • We (OPRD) supply kayaks, paddles, and PFD’S (personal floatation device). Participants may not bring their own boats, paddles or PFD’s.
  • Single and double kayaks are rated for up to 300 lbs (tandem combined)
  • Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather. Participants will be notified 24 hours before the tour.
  • An Agreement and Waiver Form must be completed and signed before participating on the tour.
  • A waterproof box will be available to secure wallets, cell phones and keys while on the tour.
  • Restrooms are available at the launch site for your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When does online event registration end for an event?

The online event registration window ends at 12 p.m. the day before a scheduled event.

May I cancel my online event registration?

You may cancel your event registration online BEFORE 12 p.m. (noon) the day before the event and be issued a full refund. No refunds are issued for registrations canceled AFTER 12 p.m. (noon) the day before the event and for no-shows.

Will I be notified when the park cancels an event?

Yes. If the park cancels an event because of inclement weather or other reasons, we’ll send an e-mail notifying you of the cancelation. Your full refund will appear on your credit/debit card within 7-10 days. Every effort will be made to contact you as soon as we can, but we may have to cancel the day of the event during inclement weather. We’ll also call the telephone number you provided.