One of Loon Lake’s campgrounds will be closed this summer due to extensive winter storm damage, but overnight stays will still be available at a nearby campground and a private resort. Loon Lake is located about 30 miles east of Reedsport off Highway 38.
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Loon Lake Recreation Site sustained serious damage to the main campground, day-use facilities, and boat ramp during a snowstorm last February. According to the BLM, heavy snow-laden trees fell on and destroyed the potable water treatment system and building, a restroom in the day-use area, and the maintenance shop.
“Without water and sanitary services at this high use area, the BLM cannot provide a safe or quality experience at the recreation area this summer,” said Kathy Westenskow-Davis, Coos Bay District Manager. “Staff members looked at several options to get the clean-up, repairs, and construction complete to open this summer, but it just isn’t possible. We are disappointed that the site cannot open this year, and we regret the inconvenience it causes for everyone who had reservations and plans to enjoy the lake.”
The closure does not affect the BLM’s East Shore Campground (with six campsites) also located on Loon Lake one mile from Loon Lake Recreation site, and also does not affect the opening of the Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort, a private resort nearby. Boat access will be available during the summer at Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort. (www.loonlakerv.com) Full refunds are available for those visitors who made camping reservations for the summer. Visitors can check for updates on the progress of repairs at the Loon Lake Recreation Area website. (blm.gov/visit/loon-lake-recreation-site)