Bullards Beach is a large, family-oriented park located at the mouth of the Coquille River, two miles north of Bandon. The campground is nestled among shore pines and protected from strong ocean breezes. Visitors can enjoy strolling on the beach, riding horses, exploring a lighthouse and excellent fishing and crabbing in the river.
Equestrians will enjoy the park's horse camp and access to 11 miles of trails and four miles of beach and dunes. Sites feature double or quadruple corrals.
A mostly paved path to the beach begins near the campground registration booth. The path weaves for just over a mile through the open, grassy fields and lowland forest to the sandy dunes. Enjoy views of the Coquille River and Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on the opposite bank.
Explore 4.5 miles of beach at the end of Bullards Beach Road. Bring your mountain bike to ride the hard-packed sand along the edge of the surf, or just enjoy a stroll along the ocean shore.
A refurbished hiker/biker camp popular with those hiking the Oregon Coast Trail offers storage lockers with solar powered USB charging ports.
In nearby Bandon, enjoy shops, galleries and restaurants. Learn the legend of Face Rock and access miles of shoreline at state parks on Beach Loop Drive. For more information on the local area, visit the Tourist Information Center in Bandon's Old Town.
The historic lighthouse is located at the end of Bullards Beach Road. The signal room is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from mid-May through September. It's staffed with volunteers who interpret the history of the area. Tower is closed to the public for safety concerns. Information: 541-347-2209.
The day-use area is open year-round from 7:00am to dusk (30 minutes after sunset).
A Loop is open from mid-March through the beginning of November. B Loop is open from mid-May through mid-October. C Loop is open year-round.
The main campground at Bullards Beach is located 3/4 of a mile as the crow flies from the beach. This provides protection from occasional strong ocean breezes. Two trails connect the campground and beach. The Beach Trail is an easy paved/ bark-chipped 1 1/4 mile trail suitable for bikes that offers excellent views of the Coquille River as it transects the day-use portion of the park. Pearl's Trail, named for a member of the Bullard Family, is a moderate 3/4 mile trail that traverses sand and boardwalks through a dune ecosystem and seasonal wetlands. Additionally, there is parking in the day-use portion of the park that offers immediate access to the beach over a small foredune.
Bullards Beach is located 2 miles north of Bandon, Oregon. Bandon offers a variety of amenities, incuding grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations.
Depending on conditions, the boat ramp docks are typically installed in late April and removed in late October.
One primary motorized vehicle is included in the camping fee for each site. Campers may have up to one additional vehicle in each site for $7 per night, provided that all vehicles fit on the paved driveway within the site. No overflow parking is available elsewhere in the campground. Only one RV is allowed per spot.
Quiet hours are a period of time during which campers are asked to keep noise contained to their own campsite to provide a peaceful and enjoyable camping experience for all park guests. Quiet hours begin at 10pm and remain in effect until 7am.
No. However, the town of Bandon offers free wi-fi at multiple locations.
Bullards Beach is popular year-round. Reservations are recommended whenever possible to ensure a site is available. Sites without reservations are available on a first-come first-serve basis for one night only.
From early November through mid-May, C Loop remains open. During this time sites are open to reservations with the exception of C48-C64, which are first-come, first-served only. All other open sites are reservable during this period, and from Mid-May to Early November all sites in the park are reservable.
Yes. The use fees for campsites in Oregon State Parks are determined by ammenities available within the site, not ammenities used.
At this time Bullards Beach State Park does not have boat washing facilities. There are however options located in Bandon, which is 2 miles south of the park.
No. However, metal detecting is permitted on the beach in front of the park. The beach is defined as open sand west of the vegetation line on the foredune.
Commercial and recreational use of radio controlled aircraft, unmanned aircraft (drones, quad-copters and similar devices) are prohibited at Bullards Beach State Park and oceanside parks managed by Oregon State Parks, including Bandon State Natural Area, Seven Devils State Recreation Area, and Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint.
This is for the safety of visitors and wildlife.
Beginning in Spring of 2017, crabbing and fishing will no longer be allowed from the Bullards Beach boat docks. This change comes with the installation of new boat docks funded through the Oregon State Marine Board. Boat docks funded by the Oregon State Marine Board are restricted to boat use only. Recreational crabbing and fishing can be done from the public docks located in the Bandon harbor.
Visitors may apply for a free night photography permit for Bullards Beach and the Coquille River Lighthouse through the park office by calling 541-347-2209 ext. 221 (leave a message if busy). Permits are typically valid for 1-7 days and allow the holder to remain in a day-use area from dusk to 11pm. Permit holders must carry a copy of their valid permit with them. Permits are not available during special events. Permits are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the park a minimum of 7 days in advance of the anticipated need of the permit to allow time for permit issuance.
Yes. Bullards Beach currently offers six pet friendly yurts (C11, C25, C29, C, E, and F). For an additional $10 fee, visitors may stay with up to two pets in these yurts. Pets are prohibited in all other facilities.
Yes. Service animals are permitted in all areas where campers are allowed. In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service animal is defined as a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. (Providing emotional support or deterring crime are not considered qualifying tasks.) Except under special conditions, service animals must also be restrained while in state parks.
Harbor seal pups are often found on the beach. Usually, they are not stranded and should not be disturbed. They are resting while their mothers are off looking for food.
The Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network (OMMSN), which responds to stranded and injured marine mammals, notes that "adult female seals are shy and a mother is unlikely to rejoin a pup if there is activity nearby. She may only return to suckle her pup at night when people are not around. It is very important not to interfere with this process, and especially not to move a pup from where it is receiving care from its mother. Within 3-4 weeks of birth, harbor seal pups are weaned from maternal care and are left to fend for themselves. While learning to find and catch its own food, a young seal may come ashore frequently to rest. This is often a very challenging stage of life, and not all pups survive. But while it may be tempting to 'take them in,' their best chance for survival is to be left alone on the beach."
If you are concerned about the welfare of a seal pup or any other marine mammal you encounter, report it to park staff, the park office (541-347-2209 ext 221), or the 24-hour Oregon State Police hotline at 800-452-7888. Please describe the situation and location of the animal so the OMMSN can follow-up on your concerns.
For more information, please check out the OMMSN website and their link to Stranding Dos and Don’ts.
Bullards Beach does not charge a day use fee.
It depends. Call the Park Office at 541-347-2209 x 221 to discuss your plans and possible permits, fees or insurance requirements. Events on the beach are first-come, first-served. Depending on the event, you may need a special use permit for non-traditional activities. A non-traditional activity is an activity, gathering or use of park properties, ocean shore or other recreational area that is not defined in park area rules and regulations. Some examples of events that require a permit are:
The park was acquired between 1962 and 1985 by purchase from various owners, including the U. S. Bureau of Land Management. The Coquille River Lighthouse, built by the U. S. Coast Guard in 1896 and operated until 1939, sits at the confluence of the river and ocean. The Bullard family were early settlers in the Bandon area. Robert Bullard established a store and post office at the mouth of the Coquille River and operated a ferry, which crossed the river near the present bridge on U.S. 101.