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.

Final date for sign up and deposit is July 18th. 

Sign up by clicking the blue 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 with the form out you can download, print, and mail in a paper copy here.

Camping Deposit: After signing up, if you plan to camp at the reserved campsite please make deposit — click on the yellow button below for more information and sending payment via PayPal or check.


UPDATED: July 14, 2022

More details have been added below about paddling, camping, and meals.

Confirm you are going. If you haven’t already, please confirm with Scott Hagerty (scotthagerty11@gmail.com) the following:

  • Which days/nights you are attending.
  • If you are planning to camp at Leisure Time RV Park which nights. 
  • If you are not staying at the campground what is your phone # and how to contact you (preferably text msg) to communicate with you on the daily plans of where and when to meet up. 

General Information

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

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, and 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.

Paddling

Day paddling trip plnning: 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.

We’ll have Paddle Hosts for both ocean/rock gardening/sea cave paddles AND flatwater river paddles. For the rivers, there will be incoming flood tide each morning until mid day/early afternoon. Best to ride “flood” upriver for current assist, and then return on the ebb. For open ocean, we may need to split into two groups for open water safety and keeping track of everyone in sea caves.

Since we won’t know open water conditions for each day until we are down there, we can’t overplan at this time. Each evening we will discuss with everyone a tentative plan for the next day based on forecasted conditions, and develop list of who is paddling where with which Paddle Host. We will want to set up carpooling each night as parking at some launches may be limited. The Paddle Hosts will be the ones who will make final determination on who they are paddling with, and that individuals have appropriate skills for the paddle each day. If any Paddle Host at any time makes recommendations regarding towing you, or any other suggestion for the safety of you and the group, please follow their direction.

Please make sure that your kayaks are seaworthy, safe and appropriate deck lines, etc, along with your “kit” of essential accessories. Bring headlamps/flashlights for sea caves if you plan to explore them.

Camping Details

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. We will end up determining the total cost they charge us, # people/tents/nights and figure out individual costs equitably.

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

Camping Area: Our reserved campsites are on the LEFT side of the RV park in the trees. There are about of 10 official sites, but each site can hold anywhere from 1 to 7 tents. Only one vehicle is allowed to park at each campsite, so those folks staying in their vehicles should take the sites that only have one tent/vehicle. Additional vehicles can park at sites to offload/load their gear, but then most vehicles will need to park nearby overflow parking area. We will be sharing the 7 picnic tables and fire rings amongst the group. Please bring extra folding tables if you have them, and some seasoned firewood also. There is a place down the road that sells firewood nearby.

Bathrooms: Our group is assigned the bathroom near our campsite. There is a men’s and a women’s, each with one toilet and one sink. The showers will be shared with the rest of the campground a is short walk away — there are two showers for men, and two for women. Bring quarters for showers (50-75 cents should be enough for a shower).

Meals

There should be adequate grill space at some of the campsites at the campground. Please bring your own food, and have your lunches prepared by early morning before we head out on paddles. We are usually off the water by early afternoon, and many folks head into Mendocino or Fort Bragg for late lunch or coffee afterwards.

We are proposing having a potluck FRIDAY night at the campground, and also those that are interested go out to dinner together on Saturday night in Fort 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. See below for questions that have been submitted.


Questions Submitted

Some questions that people have been submitted and addressed. The answers may change as the trip date approaches and plans become further developed. Please check back for any updates.

I assume we are all providing our own meals? Usually everyone plans for their own meals unless otherwise arranged (some people may have plans to go into town). However, usually one evening there is a planned potluck where everyone can join an contribute goodies.
Will there be a food sign up? At this point no specific sign up (e.g. for a potluck) has been determine.
Any restroom facilities near our campsite? Showers? Fort Bragg Leisure Time RV park has a bathroom for the group site and a main bathroom with shower facilities.
Is there drinking water on tap there? There should be water available since they are also an RV with water hookups. This is, however, the first time we have used this campground. Here is a link to their amenities. https://www.fortbraggltrvpark.com/amenities/