Van Damme State Beach

Van Damme State Beach

Little River, California 95456
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Local Phone: (707) 937-5804

This beach is directly across from the entrance to Van Damme Sate Park. It's located in the town of Little River which is approximately 2-3 miles south of Mendocino. Dogs are allowed in the campground as well as on the paved roads leading to the campground sites, but not on any of the trails as it is a California State Park.

There is plenty of free parking. Please keep dogs on leash and clean up after them.

Help us keep this beach 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

Van Damme State Park - Photo Credit: @cassielue2
Van Damme State Park - Photo Credit: @cassielue2
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My stick! Photo Credit: @finnbodey
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Photo Credit: Mark Cosy (CC)
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