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Sonoma Coast State Park

Contact Information

(707) 875-3483

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Park Hours

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Driving Directions to Sonoma Coast SP

Several beaches are located between Jenner and Bodega Bay on Highway 1. The Salmon Creek Ranger Station located halfway between the South Salmon beach parking lot and the North Salmon beach parking lot off of Highway 1.

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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.

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Upcoming Park Events

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The following facilities are currently closed for service reductions until further notice.  There are no trash or restroom services available.
 

 

  • Bodega Head East Day Use
  • Russian Gulch Day Use
  • Vista Point Day Use
  • Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground 

The following facilities are now open:


Campbell Cove
Bodega Dunes Campground (no dogs on Bodega Dunes beaches)
South Salmon Beach (no dogs)
Wright's Beach Campground
Duncan's Landing
Blind beach
Willow Creek Environmental Camp (first-come first-served and no dogs allowed)




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.

Location
The Sonoma Coast is comprised of several beaches separated by rock bluffs and headlands.  Sonoma Coast SP spans 17 miles from Bodega Head to Vista Trail which is located approximately 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 parking lot off of Bean Avenue and the North Salmon Beach parking lot.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
The weather can be variable and layered clothing is recommended. We suggest having a fully charged cell phone available for use in case of an emergency while visiting our parks. 



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 at least 50 yards from the seals, especially during pupping season (March - August.) Due to the protected status of the seals, DOGS are NOT allowed on Goat Rock Beach.  Dog are allowed on Blind Beach which is off the south parking lot at Goat Rock.  Dogs must remain on leash. 

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 north or south Salmon Creek Beaches due to the Federal 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 horses, 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.

Camping


Wright's Beach- Dogs allowed on leash
Call Reserve America for a reservation 48 hours to 7 months in advance.  1-800-444-PARK  Wright's Beach offers 27 developed campsites located adjacent to the beach. There are no showers, but registered 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 table, fire ring and a paved parking spur. 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. Overnight camping is not permitted in the day use area.  Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekends, holidays and during the peak season.

Aerial photos of Wright's Beach & Campground

Bodega Dunes- Leashed dogs allowed in Campground.  No dogs on the Bodega Dunes Beaches
Call Reserve America for a reservation 48 hours to 7 months in advance.  1-800-444-PARK  In our peak season there are 99 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, horses, invasion of European beach grass and predation by ravens, foxes, domestic dogs and cats.

Willow Creek Environmental Camp- Dogs are not allowed
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. Dogs are not allowed.




Available Activities and Facilities at Sonoma Coast State Park

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible