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Sonoma Coast State Park
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet
Driving Directions to Sonoma Coast SP
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
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Upcoming Park Events
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The following facilities currently have reduced services (pack it in/pack it out and no restroom facilities):
- Blind Beach Day Use
- Bodega Head East Day Use (closed until further notice)
- Campbell Cove
- Duncan's Landing
- Russian Gulch Day Use (closed until further notice)
- South Salmon Day Use (closed October 2014 - March 2015)
- Schoolhouse Day Use
- Vista Point Day Use
- Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground (closed until further notice)
- Willow Creek Environmental Campground (closed October 2014 - March 2015)
The following facilities are open:
- All other Day Use areas
- Bodega Dunes Campground (partial service reductions in place October 2014 - April 2015)
- Wright's Beach Campground
Service reductions are subject to change. Please call 707-865-2391 for further information.
Long sandy beaches below rugged headlands, a craggy coastline with natural arches and secluded coves are features that make Sonoma Coast State Park one of California's most scenic attractions.
While the north coast weather can be foggy in the summer, it usually burns off by midday and the cool ocean breezes make the Sonoma Coast a haven for visitors seeking to escape the inland heat.
The Sonoma Coast is comprised of several beaches separated by rock bluffs and headlands. Sonoma Coast spans 17 miles from Bodega Head to Vista Trail which is located 4 miles north of Jenner. Beachcombers, fishermen, sunbathers and picnickers can access the beach from more than a dozen points along coast Highway 1. The Salmon Creek Ranger Station is located on Highway 1 midway between the South Salmon beach off of Bean Avenue and the North Salmon Beach parking lot.
The weather can be variable and layered clothing is recommended.
Facilities - Activities
Bodega Head is the rocky headland that forms the entrance into Bodega Harbor. The harbor side provides a popular crabbing area along the jetty and the many hiking trails on the ocean side allow access to small, sandy coves and spectacular scenic views. The high cliffs offer excellent vantage points for observing migrating gray whales.
Aerial photos of Bodega Head
Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, is known for its scenic shoreline and easily accessible sandy beach. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are also available. Goat Rock beach is home to a colony of harbor seals which are fun to watch, but please stay 50 yards from the seals, especially during pupping season (March - August.) Due to the protected status of the seals, NO DOGS are allowed on Goat Rock Beach.
Aerial photos of Goat Rock
Shell Beach is a favorite location for beachcombing and tide pooling. It is used by schools as an outdoor classroom for the study of tidal pool marine life and enjoys a reputation as a prime fishing spot.
Duncan's Landing is famous for two things: as an early-day landing for loading small coastal ships with lumber and food products and for being the most dangerous point along the Sonoma Coast due to large and unpredictable surf. Heed the signs and stay off the rocks. The waves have come up to the parking lot and people have been swept off the rocks. In the spring the wildflower displays are spectacular.
Aerial photos of Duncan's Landing
Portuguese Beach & Schoolhouse Beach are beautiful sandy beaches surrounded by rocky headlands. Rock fishing and surf fishing are popular in these locations.
Aerial photos of Portuguese Beach
Aerial photos of Schoolhouse Beach
Salmon Creek Beach, where a lagoon forms as sand closes the mouth of Salmon Creek, is a popular summer destination. Nearly two miles of unbroken, scenic, sandy beach make this an excellent place for surf fishing, beachcombing, and picnicking. North and South Salmon beaches are popular with the local surfing community when the waves are good. No dogs, horses or fires are allowed on Salmon Creek Beach due to the protection of the snowy plovers. The Western Snowy Plover is listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act as a threatened species. Loss of nesting habitat is due to human development, invasion of European beach grass and predation by ravens, foxes, domestic dogs and cats.
Aerial photos of Salmon Creek Beach
Take care when visiting the beach
Like most north coast beaches, Sonoma Coast is NOT FOR SWIMMING. Strong rip currents, heavy surf and sudden ground swells make surf play dangerous. A small staff of well-trained lifeguards are usually on duty during the peak season, however with so much coastline to cover, they may not be immediately available.
It is especially important to keep children back from the highest water-line mark and never turn your back to the ocean. Many rescues and recoveries are made each year. Also, be careful of the bluffs and rocks. The shale formations are unstable and unsafe for climbing, so stay on the trails and heed warning signs.
There are 27 developed campsites located adjacent to the beach. There are no showers, but campers may use the hot showers at Bodega Dunes Campground which is approximately 5 miles south). Maximum trailer length is 27' and hook-ups are not available. Each site has a picnic tables, fire rings and a paved parking spurs. Running water and flush toilets are available. When the campground is full, the overflow area on either side of the kiosk may be used for self-contained vehicles on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekends, holidays and during the peak season.
Aerial photos of Wright's Beach & Campground
In our peak season there are 98 campsites available. We offer hot showers, flush toilets, and a trailer sanitation dump station. Maximum trailer length is 31' and hook-ups are not available. Campfire and Junior Ranger programs are held in the summer months when staff is available. The day use area includes a boardwalk that overlooks a classic sandy beach. No dogs, fires or horses are allowed on the beach as a measure to protect the snowy plovers. The Western Snowy Plover is listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act as a threatened species. Loss of nesting habitat is due to human development, invasion of European beach grass and predation by ravens, foxes, domestic dogs and cats.
Willow Creek Environmental Camp
When open, we offer 11 primitive campsites. There are fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets available. Walk in campsites are within 1/4 mile from the parking lot and there is no running water. This is the only state park campground located near the Russian River. The sites are mostly shaded by willows and are relatively close to a large beach for swimming and fishing. Blue heron, egrets, osprey, and occasionally river otters can be seen by the river. To protect the wildlife, no dogs are allowed. These sites are not on the reservation system and are first come, first served only. You must self-register prior to occupying a campsite.
Pomo Canyon Environmental Camp (CLOSED until further notice)
20 walk-in campsites offer a fire rings and a picnic tables. Pit toilets and running water are nearby. Campsites are within 1/4 mile walking distance from the parking lot. One campsite has disabled access. Camps are set in a beautiful redwood grove among the ferns. A three mile trail to Shell Beach takes off from the campground, crossing seasonal streams and rising up into the grassland with marvelous views of the river and finally the ocean. To protect the wildlife dogs are not allowed on trails. This campground is not on the reservation system and when open is on a first come, first served basis only. You must self-register prior to occupying a campsite.
Available Activities and Facilities at Sonoma Coast State Park
En route Campsites
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available