Mendocino Coast, July 28-31

The annual Explore North Coast pilgrimage to explore the Mendocino Coast trip is back after a hiatus due to the pandemic. For those interested, here is with some basic information at this time to help with their planning.

If you are planning on going to Explore North Coast’s Mendocino trip please sign up clicking on the button below. Even if you aren’t staying at the reserved campground — if you are participating in the paddles, please sign up below. If you have difficulty filling the form out you can download, print, and mail in a paper copy here.


When: ENC has a large group campsite reserved July 28-30, with check out on Sunday, July 31.

Scott will likely be down there early on the July 28 (or earlier in the week) and be there through checkout on Sunday morning, likely doing one last paddle before heading home.

Travel time: From Mendocino from Eureka is about a 3 to 3.25 hours depending whether you go via 101/Highway 1, or via Hwy 101/Hwy 20 via the Willits turnoff.

Where: Ft. Bragg Leisure Time RV Park, a private campground. Located at 30801 State Hwy 20, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. Phone: 707-964-5994. We have currently reserved 7 of about 15 campsites on the far east side of the RV park. Some features include:

  • Campsites secluded in the trees
  • Bathroom for group site and a main bathroom with shower facilities.
  • Horseshoe Pit

Jackson State Forest along the boundary with trails/roads to hike and mountain bike on. We’ll be closer to Ft Bragg dining and shopping, a short drive (about 2 miles) to the shoreline trails/bluff for sunset viewing, and a lot closer to most of our paddling, which is south of Ft Bragg.

General Info: A variety of paddling experiences will be offered, depending on the group’s interest, skill levels, paddle hosts, and conditions. There is flatwater paddling in the scenic Noyo and Big Rivers. There are rock gardening, sea caves, arches, and more open ocean paddling, depending on conditions, from Fort Bragg, Russian Gulch, Caspar, Mendocino Headland and Van Damme State Park. All have good access for launching. Van Damme is easiest usually for short distance safe sea cave exploration. Paddling the rivers should coincide with the tide (upriver on the flood, downriver on the slack/ebb). Surf kayaking at the mouth of Big River is another option.

Dining: In the past, we usually have a potluck one night at the camp, discussions/decisions on where to dine out the other night(s) for small/large groups.

Cost of camping: The final cost per person will depend on how many sign up and camp. The cost per person will likely range between $25 – $35 per person per night.

Deposits will be requested for each person planning to camp. We will calculate the difference owed as the event date approaches. The deposit is non-refundable after July 13 unless the event is cancelled.

  • 3 nights — deposit $60 per person
  • 2 nights — deposit $40 per person
  • 1 night — deposit $20 per person

Some of the campsites have room for multiple vehicles and multiple tents, others do not. Most have room for only 1-2 vehicles per site, and there is nearby overflow parking near our bathrooms. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. Firewood available at RV camp, nearby firewood seller on Hwy 20, and in Ft Bragg.

RV site info: You will need to arrange your own stay if you are bringing an RV. Contact them directly and fill out the form in near future online to reserve your RV site. RV sites will be handled and paid for those that want them. Ft Bragg Leisure Time RV Park. Phone: 707-964-5994. Address: 30801 State Hwy 20, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Questions? Contact Scott Hagerty — scotthagerty11@gmail.com. More information will be provided as date of this outing gets closer.