If you travel and camp around the country, you'll find quite a few travelers who associate State Park camping with "roughing-it". And if you're from Oregon, those kind of comments will make you laugh. With over three hundred miles of public coastline and 255 State Parks you may expect Oregon to be stretched a little thin, or overrun by their 46 million annual visitors - not a chance.
Bullards Beach State Park, in Southern Oregon is nicer than most RV resorts, and for a fraction of the price. The Coquille River to the south and three miles of ocean coastline to the west meet at a lighthouse within the park. If it's an activity suitable for Oregon, it's happening here. Fishing, kayaking, hiking, beach biking, kites, festivals, music, breweries, all that and more are happening here.
Three large campground loops with 50A power and water throughout make it clear that they're ready for RVs. The entire park and individual sites are level and paved, providing plenty of room for large groups and the largest big-rigs. The camp is set back enough from the beach to be protected from the strong winds, but this does mean a real walk back and forth to the shore.
There is a boat launch and public dock south of the park on the Coquille river which is well known for Chinook Salmon and steelhead in season. Crab can be caught right off the end of the dock with simple drop-rings.
And when the weather keeps you indoors, Bandon is just minutes away with plenty of ways to satisfy. There's a local brewery, a creamery, a huge bottle shop, candy, art galleries, and several popular restaurants open year round. Bandon throws quite the party for both 4th of July and the Annual Cranberry Festival in the fall.
This section of the Oregon Coast is protected from heavy tourism due to it's remoteness. While you're here take the time to explore north at Sunset Cove by Coos Bay and Cape Blanco to the south.
RV Rentals in Bullards Beach State Park
Transportation in Bullards Beach State Park
HWY 101 is scenic, one-of-a-kind, and not somewhere you want to be in a rush. The road is narrow, windy, and includes many hills even up against the coast. If you have a choice, park your home at the campground and explore with a smaller vehicle so you can stop at all the turn outs. The campground is choice for big-rigs and trailers. All sites are back in, but angled to help with the visibility.
Campgrounds and parking in Bullards Beach State Park
Campsites in Bullards Beach State Park
This is a large campground fully paved with great accommodations for RVers. Most of the sites are 40-50 foot back-ins. All 185 campsites have power and water with a mix of 30A and 50A. 103 of the sites are full hook-up.
The campground is open year round and entirely reservable online. There are full restrooms with hot showers, a horse camp and access for the Coquille River just south of camp. The sites are roomy, private, and offer a nice mix of sun and trees without having to worry about branches overhead.
Seasonal activities in Bullards Beach State Park
Fat Tire Beach Bikes
Nearby Bandon has shops that rent special fat-tire bicycles made especially for cruising down the beach. They even have guides to help you decide the best places to go. Bullards Beach State Park is a popular stretch of shoreline for biking and this is an awesome group activity. If you're feeling more adventurous, it's possible to ride the whole coastline from Seven Devils State Recreation Site to Boice Cope Park in one full day (with driver help).
Bandon Cranberry Festival
This nearly 75 year old festival brings the streets of Bandon to life in September. Cranberry farming is a big deal in Bandon (The Cranberry Capital of Oregon). Several days of events including a parade, live music, a cranberry eating contest, and a fun run. A variety of unique local craft and food vendors set up downtown to supplement the already great offerings of Bandon.
Go Fly A Kite
If you have never flown a kite on the Oregon Coast, forget any ideas you have of leisurely standing on the beach with a string in your hand. Kite flying on the coast is very exciting and it is actually such a workout that most modern kite designs require wrist harnesses just to hang on! There are several shops that sell kites and accessories in Bandon and the steady breezes and wide open shoreline at Bullards Beach will get you started on your new favorite workout.
Golf Bandon Dunes Resort
With several different 18 hole courses to choose from, and award winning landscape designs which have brought international golf pros and tournaments, Bandon Dunes is in the same league as Hawaii and Florida. If you're into golf, you've been dreaming of Bandon for years. Make it a reality and reserve some time alongside the greats. It's not cheap fun, but it is open to the public and rates are significantly lower when taking advantage of the off season. It's a genuine resort with dining, bars, and a luxury hotel.
Crabbing Coquille River
Rated as one of the best places to Crab in the state, the Coquille River is the place to be - with or without a boat. You'll spot the signature bright yellow leaded-line ropes tied onto just about every dock in the area. Crabbing is best mid-summer and early winter. You'll be amazed how easy it is to catch them right off the public dock. Check with the ODFW for regulations and limits. Gear is available in shops all around Bandon, and there are also charter boats that will take you further out.
Coquille River Lighthouse
If you're exploring the Oregon Coast, visiting each of its eleven lighthouses is a must. This coastline has quite the history of shipwrecks, and once you get to see the Oregon Coast in winter, you'll understand how important these lighthouses must have been in the days before electronic navigation. The Coquille Lighthouse marks the entrance to Bandon Harbor. Though it is no longer in operation, it is still a must see on any trip down the coast.