24201 N. Highway 1
Fort Bragg, CA
(888) 873-5777 (toll free) or (707) 964-7669
Daily 1½-hour rides along Ten Mile Beach
Ricochet Ridge Ranch
October TBA, 2017
South Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg
Dance to live music, savor wines, sample abalone and clam chowder, silent auction
Cooks compete by preparing their favorite abalone recipes
March 4-5, 11-12, 18-9 2017
3 weekends, 3 locations:
Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg
2-hour trips aboard the 30-passenger Sea Hawk
December 26 through April 30
All Aboard Adventures
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 AM
Kelley House, Mendocino
Docent-led 2-hour stroll through historic Mendocino, $10
July 8-22, 2017
Director and Conductor Allan Pollack guides the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra
Mendocino Music Festival
45160 Albion St., Mendocino
Taoist temple dedicated to the Chinese god of war
Tours offered by appointment
Temple of Kwan Tai
Guided walking tours of unique places along the Mendocino coast
Stornetta Lands Tour, Architectural Tour, Photographer's Tour, Seascape Tour, and many more.
Unbeaten Path Tours
Hardy surfers tackle the waves along the MacKerricher State Park coast year-round. Among the most popular spots are Pudding Creek Beach and Virgin Creek Beach in the south and all along the coast in the north. A sharp drop-off along the southern part of park creates a heavy shoreline break and strong rip currents. The northern half of the park has a more gradually sloping beach.
Surf is often at its best with swells from the northwest, usually in summer and early fall.
Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.
Divers find plenty of interest in the waters along the MacKerricher coast. A maze of canyons around Laguna Point is home to a variety of sea life. Divers enter from the steps at the tide pool area or from the main beach across from the campgrounds. The north side of the point is favored by most divers.
18600 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA
(707) 964-3793 Sub-Surface Progression Dive Shop
Sales and rentals of SCUBA diving gear, abalone diving equipment, kayaks, and surfboards and boogie boards.
Migrating whales are a big attraction along the MacKerricher State Park coast. Observers gather with binoculars at Laguna Point where there is convenient parking and a boardwalk leading out to several viewpoints. Whales reach their peak from December through March.
The Mendocino Area Parks Association offer weekend whale talks at MacKerricher State Park from late December through the end of March. Participants meet the docent at the visitor center and then drive to Laguna Point. The programs begin at 11:00 AM on Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars are available.
In 2016 the Mendocino Whale Festival will be held March 5 - 6 at Mendocino, March 12 - 13 at Little River (Van Damme), and March 19 - 20 at Fort Bragg. The Fort Bragg festival will include whale watching from Pomo Bluffs and other locations along the coast.
The most accessible tide pools are at Laguna Point where steps lead from the boardwalk down to the tide pools. The best time to visit the tide pools is at a minus low tide, but even tides of +1 feet offer limited opportunities for viewing. Visitors observe crabs, anemones, sea stars, mussels, sculpins, urchins, nudibranchs, sponges, and chitons.
With such a variety ecosystem along the coast, MacKerricher State Park sees a wide variety of birds. Lake Cleone has a boardwalk along part of its shoreline and the wetland at the eastern end, making a convenient place for birding. A foot trail continues the remainder of the way around the lake once the boardwalk ends. Visitors have seen Brown Creeper, Osprey, Wood Duck, Jays, Pygmy Nuthatch, Red Crossbill, and even Northern Pygmy-owl, along with many others.
Shorebirds can be found all along MacKerricher's coast. Often sighted are Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers, Grebes, Surfbirds, and Rock Sandpipers. At Ten Mile Beach watch for the endangered Snowy Plovers.
MacKerricher State Park's Junior Ranger Shorebird program is held at Lake Cleone on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 or 4:30 PM during the summer. The program is open for children ages 7-12.
The Visitor Center at MacKerricher State Park features a 30-foot gray whale skeleton along with the skeleton of a California sea lion. Interpretive exhibits inside the Visitor Center provide information about the area's plants and animals. A woodland diorama with models of local animals is set up in the center. Profits from items sold at the Nature Store are used to enhance the park's educational activities and interpretive programs. The Visitor Center is located near the park's entrance station off Highway 1.
Lake Cleone was once a tidal lagoon, but the building of the haul road cut it off from the ocean, creating a permanent inland 30-acre lake and adjoining wetlands. A boardwalk trances the northern shore and wetlands. Beyond the boardwalk is a foot trail which completes the 1.1-mile loop of the lake. The lake is stocked with trout and is popular for fishing. Non-motorized boats can be launched there.
MacKerricher's environmental programs are designed to teach K-12 school children about the ecology of the area and how the habitats can be protected. Programs include Intertidal Habitats, The Rocky Shore Community, The Sandy Beach Community, Marine Algae, and more.
Mendocino Area Parks Association
To reach the Inglenook Fen, follow Highway 1 north to Ward Avenue, turn left, and drive to the end of the road. Park there and walk north a quarter mile on the Old Haul Road to the fen. At Ten Mile Creek visitors can park in a long parking area on the west side of Highway 1.
The Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve consists of coastal dune and wetland habitats. The Preserve supports a broad variety of plant and animal species as well as providing habitat for resident and migrating shorebirds. The restoration program currently in progress will remove invasive European Beach Grass and the remnants of the old haul road within the preserve. Doing so will improve the habitat for the snowy plover and other rare plants and animals. Visitors can still hike along the beach.
At Inglenook Fen visitors will likely sight a variety of shorebirds and perhaps some rare insects and salamanders. Rare plants in the area include the bright yellow Menzies' wallflower and Howell's spineflower. Howell's spineflower is found only in the sand dunes and coastal scrub near Fort Bragg, with 95% of them inside MacKerricher State Park.
California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety