MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park is a rarity in the California State Parks system in that it is more dog-friendly than most. Dogs are allowed on some beaches and trails (see policy below—before you go).

The park is diverse, offering habitats ranging from bluff, beach and headland to dune, tidepool, forest and wetland. Bird-watching is especially good around Cleone Lake, a tidal lagoon, and in winter and spring migrating gray whales can be sited from the headlands.

Dogs are allowed on leash in most of the park, but are prohibited on Virgin Creek Beach, the northern half of Ten Mile Beach, the Seal Rocks harbor seal pup nursery area, and the Surfwood Walk-In campground. Information about restrictions is available at the entrance station.

Camping is available at sites on three loops: West Pine, East Pine and Surfwood. Maximum trailer/camper length is 35 feet.

Bring a coat or sweatshirt: even in summer, the weather can turn cold fast!

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.

Dog-friendly policies:
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
They must be kept in a vehicle or tent at night.
Please remember to clean up after your dog.

Help us keep this area beautiful and dog-friendly:
Always follow the posted rules
Respect natural marine life and habitats
Be aware of tides and currents
Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints