Camping at Bullards Beach State Park
Bullards Beach State Park is situated on the southern Oregon Coast, near the town of Bandon. The park is named after the Bullards family who were early settlers in the area. It’s located approximately 2 miles north of Bandon, off Highway 101.
The park has a large campground with over 100 electrical sites with water, about 8 of which are accessible for campers with disabilities. Additionally, there are 13 yurts available to rent, which include heating and lighting but do not have running water. The camping loops have restrooms and showers.
Camping reservations can be made in advance through the Oregon State Parks reservation system either online or by phone. Sites may be booked up to 6 months in advance, and it is highly recommended to reserve early, especially during peak season from May through September.
Activities and Amenities
- Beach Access: The park offers easy access to the beach, which is known for its beautiful sandy shores and is perfect for kite-flying, picnicking, and beachcombing.
- Hiking and Biking Trails: There are several miles of trails for hiking and biking. The beach trail can be used for horseback riding as well.
- Boat Ramp: A boat ramp provides access to the Coquille River for fishing or boating activities.
- Horse Camp: For equestrian enthusiasts, Bullards Beach State Park features a horse camp with facilities catering to visitors with horses.
- Picnic Area: There's a day-use area that has picnic tables and a gazebo available for picnicking or gatherings.
- Interpretive Center: The park has an interpretive center that provides insights into the local ecosystem and history.
The park is also known for its diverse wildlife. Visitors may encounter animals such as deer, raccoons, and various bird species. The nearby river and wetlands are also home to a variety of fish and waterfowl.
Climate and Best Time to Visit
The coastal climate means that weather can be unpredictable with foggy mornings and windy conditions. Summers are typically the most popular time to visit, but the park is open year-round. Each season offers a different experience - summer for the beach and winter for storm watching.
Besides the beach and natural amenities within the park, nearby attractions include:
- Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: Renowned for its beautiful golf courses.
- Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint: Offering picturesque ocean views and unique rock formations.
- Bandon Historical Society Museum: Providing local history and cultural information.
- Cellular Service: Depending on your provider, cell phone service may be spotty within the park.
- Pets: Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash.
- Firewood: Firewood is often available for purchase from the park's camp hosts. Be sure to follow any fire restrictions in place during your visit.
- Leave No Trace: Always practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the beauty and health of the park's ecosystems.