6 AM to Sunset
MacKerricher State Park
Due to unsafe conditions caused by storm damage on Mill Creek Road, California State Parks has closed all access to the damaged portion of Mill Creek Road and surrounding areas extends north to West Pine Campground and south to the Haul Road bridge underpass. This will include all submerged zones from the high water mark during high tide as well as the Lake Cleone area. This closure to extend 1,000’ eastward area of Cleone Lake and waterward from the entirety of the state beach property, consistent with State Department of Parks and Recreation jurisdiction established in §5003.05 of the Public Resources Code.
Currently, there is no day use parking inside Mackerricher State Park. Day users are encouraged to park at Ward Avenue, Glass Beach, or Pudding Creek Trestle to access the park. Mill Creek Road is closed from both the Southern and Northern access points to both vehicles and pedestrians (see map below).
All reservations are made through reservecalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-7275. For further information please contact the Sonoma Mendocino District Office at (707) 937-5804 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Notice: 01/10/2024 - MacKerricher State Park is currently experiencing a water issue. Due to this bathrooms and shower are closed in the campground until further notice. Portable toilets have been brought in for use.
No Drones Allowed in Park
- The noise and sight of drones can alter other people’s enjoyment of nature.
- A drone hovering nearby can feel intrusive and threatening.
- Drones can capture photographs and video without someone’s permission.
- Drones mimic the behavior of predatory birds and can frighten wildlife.
For these reasons State Park units in the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District do not allow launching, landing or the operation of drones on State Park property.
MacKerricher State Park offers a variety of habitats; beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tide pools are along the shore. Seals may be seen on the rocks off the park's coastline. More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a former tidal lagoon. During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching. The park is popular with hikers, joggers, equestrians and bicyclists. The park has a wheelchair accessible nature trail.
The park is three miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, near the town of Cleone. The park encompasses much of the land west of Cleone and a strip of beach between Fort Bragg and Ten Mile River.
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.
About the Park
The park is the only one in the park system that was at one time part of the Mendocino Indian Reservation.
It is the only park unit that was part of the Union Lumber Company's vast timber and shipping holdings in northern Mendocino County. A small, independent logging and shipping operation began here, and then was absorbed by the larger corporation. MacKerricher, known historically as Cleone, thus followed a pattern common to many of the small areas in the region. The park was officially opened in 1952; land was added along the Ten Mile beach until 1977.
Several accessible facilities at MacKerricher include a boardwalk at Laguna Point and Haul Road.
Assistance may be needed with restroom, shower, and other facilities. A beach wheelchair is available for use by calling (707) 937-5721 to reserve it at least seven days in advance. Accessibility at the park is continually improving. For updates on accessibility in any California state park, click the Accessible Features link at the top of this page.
- Pacific Environmental Education Center (Environmental Education Program)
- Ricochet Ridge Ranch (Guided horseback tours)
- Pay Showers for registered campers available
- Free summer Junior Ranger programs, seal watching stations, and Campfire programs
- Free guided whale watching walks through weekends in March
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The restoration work planned for the Ten Mile Dunes area is to remove 2.7 miles of remnant haul road, remove two culverts and to hand-pull European beach grass. Both the road and the non-native invasive beach grass continue to degrade natural processes and habitat that are critical to the imperiled plant and wildlife species found there.