Bullards Beach State Park, just north of Bandon, OR, is another massive RV parking lot. And if that is the kind of camping you do, you'll love it. If you tent camp, probably not so much.
But…a pod of Orca Whales lives year round in the Bandon Bay which is walkable out of the camp which makes the reality of the park irrelevant. A POD OF ORCAS!
There are actually three known pods but two of them migrate for a big part of the year. However, the third has learned that the bay is a great place to feed. The odds aren't always in your favor to see them so close in the bay (one local told me he hadn't seen them in four years), but sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you get into a staring contest with a California Grey Seal while sitting near the lighthouse on a melancholy afternoon, and when he or she decided the game is up you turn around and see five of the biggest fins you've ever seen. You may think to yourself, "Wow, those are some big f@#king dolphins!" before you realize what you are seeing.
The campground has all the amenities. Hiker/Biker sites have REI sponsored storage boxes with USB charging station. There are hot showers, and a Welcome Yurt with donation based hot coffee and tea until 8pm.
Wildlife is abundant. Despite it's location near town there are regular bear sightings. Birds flit about, and some of those birds may be gnats and mosquitos that have just taken steroids. There are also red ants, which considering how sandy the ground is are good to look for before pitching camp.
The Hiker/Biker area has shared fire pits and picnic tables, shade cover and no established sites. The main campground area is big, and some loops are literally just fields. Stick to the outside of a loop if you want a tree in your site.
The campground is fine. It's fine. It will be fine. And none of that matters because you could see a whale. The opportunity to see a whale takes this from a three star to a 4 star. Plus nearby Bandon has a great coffeeshop, some cool art, and the beginning of the glorious Oregon Coast starts getting even bigger, and even beautiful-er.
- Hot Showers & Flush Toilets.
- Welcome Station with hot coffee/tea
- Storage Boxes & USB charging stations (Hiker/Biker)
- Bike Racks
- Kids playground, Adults playground with "bags" or "cornhole" depending on your region.
- Active ranger programming with a nightly class, Saturday/Sunday group bike rides and organized hikes.
*Pro-Tip 1: Bandon Coffee has good coffee, and a great staff who will make you feel at home.
**Pro-Tip 2: There is a lighthouse out by the beach/dunes. It looks like a lighthouse.
***Pro-Tip 3: Plan to spend some time wandering the coast on the Bandon side of the bay. That first three miles of coastline is beautiful and has numerous spots to have a picnic lunch.
Awesome campground. Close to the beach had bike bath all the way to the beach and lighthouse. The campground also held a bike parade around the whole park and different activities each day.
Great place to camp, go for a walk with whole family. Collect rocks and driftwood. Access to public bathrooms, rv area and dining areas.
We stayed in the B loop, and it was great. The hosts were very friendly, the spaces are separated nicely, and the facilities were clean. We will visit again for sure.
This was the very first place we camped with our year old daughter in 1990 and we were not disappointed to return. Very large and clean sites with generous level parking pad (across from us, we watched a monster RV back in with room to spare. Staff upon arrival was very helpful in recommending a site that would best suit our needs (we were looking for a site with fewer trees and more sun). Restrooms were clean and the hand dryer had WARM air - yeah! We were able to take a 6-mile round trip walk to the Coquille Lighthouse along the beach (you can drive to the day use area for a much shorter walk) and enjoyed lots of interesting driftwood along the beach. Nearby is the small and proud town of Bandon. Good bakery and cute shops.
Close RV hookups and lots of traffic. Close to town. Seperate fenced hike and bike area next to garbage dumpster. Nice lockers where you can store valuables and charge batteries. Yurts!
Campground with lots of amenities right off the hwy and close to the beach. Trail down to the beach, playground for the kiddos, yurt rentals available. Good facilities. We are tent campers so it wasn't our cup of tea, but great if you have a camper or are looking for a yurt!
We came through during off peak season. The park was beautiful and we loved the rainstorm at the ocean. The facilities were exceptionally clean during our stay, as was the park as well. I would highly recommend this park to anyone and have already to many. It is a great location for kiddos, with the paved roads, they can ride bikes and scooters, and the beach is a short easy walk. Can't wait to visit again!
My husband and I along with our 2 pups stayed here on a trip down highway 101. This campground has the things you'd normally expect of a campground, though it is remarkably close to the beach. Just hop over the dunes and you're on the beach! Very windy when we were there, not sure if that's always the case. We had a raccoon visit our picnic table as we were going to sleep, so be aware that those are around and seem to be very used to looking for anything left out!
BIG and CLEAN by the sea. 3 miles to a lighthouse, about a mile 1/2 walk to beach, or drive car to parking to get closer access to the sea. Cost $31 a night plus $8 fee RSVP service. A must to call in for RSVP and open year round. North side of Coquille River just north (5 to 7 miles) of Brandon, Oregon. Can get cel service and mobile data service.
Have Yurt village and Hiker/Biker camp
Close to a boat launch for the Coquille River
Have a horse camp too