MacKerricher State Park offers a variety of habitats: beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tidepools are along the shore. Seals may be seen on the rocks off the park’s coastline. Also Read: Visit Mendocino
More about MacKerricher State Park
More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a formal 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. Fishing is also popular at Cleone lake. The park has a wheelchair accessible nature trail. (Some text courtesy of Calif. State Parks)
The MacKerricher State park spans 10 miles of coastline, starting at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, and continuing north up the coast to Ten Mile River. The old paved Haul Road (closed to motor vehicles) lets you walk along the coast for miles, and there are many paths along the bluffs. Near Cleone Lake, there is a long boardwalk that takes you out to a platform overlooking the rocks where harbor seals raise their pups in April and May.
Advice from Previous Campers at MacKerricher State Park
- The restrooms at MacKerricher State Park have coin operated showers. $1 = 5 minutes. Bring quarters.
- At night raccoons come around to help themselves to unprotetced food. They will raid ice chests.
- There are plenty of safe places for children to ride bikes or scooters. (bring helmets)
- Fishing in Lake Cleone is best from a boat. The shore has many reeds.
- You can walk to the beach from the campgrounds
- During winter months when attendance is low, Surfwood and East Pinewood camping loops are closed.
- Among campers favorite sites are #77 and #122
MacKerricher Group Sites
East Cleone group site can accommodate between 9 and 60 people. West Cleone group site accommodates between 9 and 40 campers. Both sites are tent-only camping.