Campground Review – Bullards Beach State Park

Bullards Beach State Park

Description

Bullards Beach State Park campground is a large, scenic and family friendly park just a few miles north of Bandon, Oregon. Nestled in a stand of coastal pines, the park is sheltered from breezes off the Pacific Ocean. Park roads and trails provide easy access to the Coquille River and Lighthouse, grassy coastal dunes and long sandy Bullards Beach. The campground is quiet, clean and well-maintained.

Location

Bullards Beach State Park
Bandon, Oregon 97411
Park Information: 800-551-6949
Park: 541-347-2209
www.oregonstateparks.org
Latitude: 43.152539 N, Longitude: -124.398474 W

Details

We stayed at Bullards Beach State Park Campground for two weeks in mid June, 2016. Booking early, we secured an outside loop back-in site with partial hookups – 50 amp electrical and water. This was our fourth visit to the park and we have always been impressed by how clean and well maintained the grounds and facilities are.

This is a large campground with about 100 full hookup and 82 partial hookup electrical and water RV sites. The park seems limited to back-in sites, only. The campground has 13 yurts, several of which are pet-friendly. The campground also features a horse camp with eight primitive sites, a hiker/biker area, and an RV dump station. This campground is quite popular, so book your reservations early!

Cost

Our stay here averaged about $34/night, including tax, reservation fee and a $7/night extra vehicle fee.

Amenities On Site or Nearby

The campground has very basic amenities, including full or partial-hookups, restrooms and showers. Firewood is available for sale at several sites in the park. Markets, gas stations, hardware stores, restaurants and other services are available nearby in Bandon. A wider range of shopping and services are available further along the coast in Coos Bay.

Ratings (1-5)

Accessibility – 5/5

The campground is easily accessible from Highway US-101. The main road through the park will accommodate large rigs, but the entrance road has a sharp curve with no shoulder – very crowded should large oncoming vehicles meet. The campground has several sites reserved for the campers with disabilities, as well as facilities with Universal access.

The park seems limited to back-in sites, only. For larger rigs, sites along the outside of the loop are most easy to back into. Some of the sites on the inner side of the loop are very difficult to back a larger rig into. When booking reservations, pay careful attention to campsite depth, orientation and place on the loop.

Facilities/Amenities – 3/5

The campground offers basic amenities, including tent sites, horse camp and a hiker/biker camp area, RV sites with either full sewer/water/electric or partial water/electric hookups, yurts, picnic area, restrooms and showers, and RV dump station. The grounds and facilities are very clean and well maintained. Sink water disposal drains are conveniently placed throughout the campground. Bundles of firewood are available to buy. Camp hosts are on site and were very friendly and helpful.

Site quality – 4/5

Sites are spacious, well shaded, level, paved, and have fair separation between sites. Sites have either full or partial hookups with water and 50/30/20 amp electric service. Sites have a picnic table and fire ring.

Scenic Value – 5/5

Set in a low coastal forest along the Coquille River and just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, the campground is quite scenic.

Location/Isolation – 4/5

The campground is in coastal forest and feels quite isolated. The campground is generally quiet – it is far enough away from Highway US-101 such that road noise is not noticeable. This popular campground can, however, become quite noisy with families and large groups, especially on busy weekends and holidays.

Paws Friendliness – 4/5

The campground is pet friendly and provides cleanup-bag stations throughout the park, but does not have any enclosed pet run. The campground is large enough to take a good walk with your pet. Pets on leash may use the trails, including the beach access trail. The beach is pet-friendly, on leash.

Overall Rating – 4/5

This is a really lovely campground which we can highly recommend. We look forward to another visit, sometime soon.

Additional info

Tsunami Hazard Zone

Since the campground is in a low-lying area near the coast, it is a designated Tsunami Hazard Zone. Be aware of this and ready to use the designated evacuation routes to move to higher ground and stay there during an earthquake or Tsunami warning.

Internet access

We could receive a weak 4G Verizon signal at this campground. Deploying our cellular antenna and booster resulted in a moderate 4G signal, enough for MiFi hot spot internet access.

Water Quality

The water at this campground tested soft – we did not add our water softener to the water filtration stack.

TV Reception

Satellite TV reception can be problematic in this forested campground. A few local TV channels are available via antenna.

Nearby attractions

There are many things to see and do in the park and surrounding area.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Coquille River Lighthouse
  • Picnic in the park and enjoy the long sandy strand of Bullards Beach
  • Historic Downtown and Port of Bandon
  • Visit the dramatic & rocky beach at Bandon
  • Cape Blanco State Park and Lighthouse
  • Umpqua River State Park and Lighthouse
  • Scenic drives along the coast

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