There are two public places to camp near Bandon: Bullard's Beach State Park just two miles to the north, and Floras Lake which is located further south. There are several 'unofficial' camping spots along the Oregon Coast Trail, which, in this section, follows the shoreline.
For those looking for more primitive camping, the Powers Ranger District is directly east and offers camping along the Coquille River in the Siskiyou National Forest. Access is east on OR 42S, east on OR 42, then south on OR 542 towards Powers, then continue south to NF33. There are at least 8 campgrounds along NF33 and NF3358 between Powers and Agness. Both NF33 and NF3358 are paved but are subject to closures due to storm damage. For more information, contact the Powers Ranger District. The drive from Bandon to the National Forest is about two hours (take a full tank of gas!).
Bullards State Park is located two miles north of Bandon, OR, and features campsites, 13 yurts, and year-round camping. The horse camp has access to the beach and dunes.
Bullards Beach State Park features fishing and crabbing opportunities and boat launch facilities on the Coquille River.
Within the park is the Coquille River Lighthouse which runs tours and displays lighthouse exhibits.
Between March and May and again in the fall, visitors may observe migrating gray whales as they migrate.
Phone: (541) 347-3501 (800) 452-5687
Flora Lake is ideal for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Kayaking is also a favorite on the lake.
The lake is shallow, which means that it warms quickly in the summer, yet it is located along the coast which means hearty afternoon winds are perfect for windsurfers and kiteboarders. Bring your own boards, or rent at nearby locations.
Yet the lake is not the only attraction, as it is fed by a river that travels through a protected habitat of the brown pelican, the snowy plover, as well as many other species of birds. Kayakers have the opportunity to travel up into the river to view the birds as well as other wildlife. Boating with and without motors is allowed.
Nearby trails make hiking in the area easy. A short walk from the boat launch is the beach, which is frequently deserted. Travel south to see the cliffs as they rise up north of Cape Blanco, or take a turn into the woods for the Blacklock Point Trail.
Located near Flora Lake is Boice-Cope County Campground with 34 campsites, 22 of which are paved. There is water but there are not any hookups. Restrooms and showers are available. Reservations are not accepted.
Flora Lake is located south of Bandon and just south of Langlois and north of Port Orford and Denmark. Look for the signs for Floras Lake/Boice-Cope County Park and turn west onto Floras Lake Loop, west on Floras Lake Road, left on County Road 136 and then immediately right onto Boice-Cope Road to the parking lot.
For additional information call 541-247-3385 or write to Curry County Parks - PO Box 746 - Gold Beach, Oregon 97444.