SP Campground Review – Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR

The lovely Coquille River Lighthouse at Bullards Beach State Park

Another gorgeous Oregon State Park complete with fabulous beach and cute lighthouse on the S.Coast near Bandon, OR

Note/ Review updated as of last stay July/Aug 2013

Link to campground here: Bullards Beach State Park, OR
Link to map location here: Bullards Beach State Park, OR

  1. Site Quality = 4/5 Very nice site quality here. You have a selection of either full hookup (30 or 50 amp/water/sewer) or water/electric (30 or 50amp). Sites are flat, paved back-ins with picnic table, fire-pit and good access throughout. Only slight ding is that inner-loop sites (facing towards middle of loops) tend to be at right angles to the road, so they are not really suited for big rigs. There are 3 loops with and slightly different feel:
    -> A & B loops are older, more forested loops with generally very good separation and lots of trees/greenery, but can be darker (and support more mosquitoes in summer).
    -> C loop is newer and slightly tighter, but more open with some very sunny sites especially in back corner (C48-C52). This is our preferred location.
  2. Facilities = 3.5/5 Good facilities here. Large flush toilets and warm showers with good pressure and kept nicely clean. Only ding is showers have those annoying timer-buttons and spray-heads. On-site dump station.
  3. Location = 5/5 Great location here. Campground is set well back from the road with ~1 mile paved bike/hike trail to a gorgeous (and almost endless) beach. You’re also right next to the lovely Coquille River Lighthouse and only 5 miles from Bandon (an excellent little town with another stunning beach). Boat ramp (for river), plenty of picnic areas and horse camp on-site. Lots of space and green. Our kinda place!
  4. Pet Friendliness = 5/5 Great location for doggie. Lots of space to hang out in camp, good hiking and miles (and miles) of free open space to roam on the beach (~1 mile from camp). Poo bags provided on-site.

Overall Rating =  4.4
BONUS ALERT: Miles of gorgeous beach and Coquille River Lighthouse on-site!

Summary: Well this is just another great Oregon State Park! Set only ~5 miles north of Bandon it is a lovely state park with miles of excellent, wild beach and the cute Coquille River Lighthouse on-site. Campsites are well-sized flat, paved back-ins with selection of either full hookup or water/electric (mix of 30 & 50 amp), good separation and lots of green. A & B loops have more trees/privacy, but can also be a tad moister & darker. C loop is tighter and more open (less privacy), but is also more dry/sunny. The only complaint this place ever seems to get is mosquitoes (and they can get active in the woods on still, humid summer days) so we personally prefer the more sunny sites, but all are nice. Location is excellent with ~1 mile pleasant hike to the lovely Bullards Beach, ~5 mins drive to Bandon (which has restaurants, farmers market, shopping, tide-poolsstunning beaches etc.), ~1/2 hour drive to Cape Blanco (in the south) and 1/2 hour to Cape Arago (in the north). We enjoyed lots of sun and pleasant days  during our stay in July, spent many hours hiking and romping on the gorgeous beach, thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings and would most definitely come back!

Extra Info: Decent 4G LTE (2 bars) and good 3G on Verizon (2-3 bars). Total 185 sites , 104 full hookup (either 30 or 50 amp/water/sewer), 81 electric (30 or 50 amp)/water. Sites cost $24/night in summer season, $20/night in off-season, all reservable on-line. On-site dump station.

Note/ You can see a picture of each and every campsite at this campground on campsitephotos.com.

Typical site view (#A24 shown)
Another site view (#C61 shown)
View down beginning of A loop. Site A8 on right.
View down more open section of A loop (RV in #A11 with empty space A10 on left)
View down forested section of A Loop (RV on right in A53 with A51, A50 on left)
View down end of B loop (RV in B53 with B52 on left)
View down middle of C loop. Site C16 on right with our RV in C15 behind it.
View down very sunny section of C loop corner. Site C52 on right with C50 behind it.
View down end of C loop (RV in site C62 on right with C60 behind it)
View of facilities
Gorgeous Bullards Beach…so many miles of beach!
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  1. says

    Great review. We have never been to Bullards Beach so appreciate your post and comments on the different loops. Hope you are still enjoying Oregon.

    • libertatemamo says

      We SO enjoyed this campground. It’s yet another lovely OR state park. LOVE the SP system here!
      Nina

    • libertatemamo says

      It’s been booked out almost every weekend here, but Cape Blanco State Park (~1/2 hr south on the coast) is entirely first-come-first-serve (no reservations) so you’ll have a better chance of getting in there. Bonus is that we’re going to be at Cape Blanco then too, so if you show up we can have a glass and a chat. Let me know if you do!
      Nina

  2. Lee and Shelia says

    Ohhhhhhh Nina; We are so wanting to come back up there and stay a while. We are stuck down here in California about ready to go through another stretch of 100* weather…….. Thanks for the reviews…. Pssssst we are still working towards Alaska in 2014….. Lee and Shelia

  3. Sue says

    Nina, I’d like to email you personally to pick your brain about some good places near San Diego for our first Christmas on the road. How can I do that? Sue

    • libertatemamo says

      Sure. There is an e-mail link to contact us at the bottom of our “about us” page. Fire away…

      San Diego is a great place to spend winter. We usually knock between Santee Lakes (lots of green & space, but a little further from town) and Mission Bay RV Resort (basically a big parking lot, but in an awesome location right by the water). Both have their charm and we like a bit of each while we’re there.

      Nina

  4. says

    You know when we were in Bandon, we drove around Bullards State Park and were kicking ourselves for not knowing/checking about State Parks in general and Bullards in particular. It is quite a big and nice park and better than where we were. As greenhorns we tend to be on the safe side and just go to advertised parks. But we are learning so fast especially here now in Alaska where boon docking with a view is quite a pleasure. When we get back to the lower 48 we will go out of our comfort zone and refer to your park reviews.

    • libertatemamo says

      Don’t kick yourself too hard. When we first started RVing it took us about 4 months before we “discovered” public parks. Once we did we never looked back. The majority of our RVing is now in state parks, national forests, BLM, etc. We love the green and space!
      Nina

  5. says

    Bullard’s Beach is beautiful, as is that entire area. You are lucky to have good weather. The summers can be pretty foggy along the Oregon Coast. Hopefully you will be able to visit Coos Bay. It’s been many years since I lived there, but there was a sea food restaurant called The Blue Heron that had the best clam chowder I’ve ever had! If it is still there and if you like chowder, it would definitely be worth the drive. Enjoy!

    • libertatemamo says

      Thanks for the tip! We love this area and have spent lots of time exploring around, but for whatever reason we’ve not really seen much of Coos Bay. Will have to check it out!
      Nina

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