Mendocino Camping Guide

This guide includes Mendocino camping locations on or near the coast, from Point Arena to north of Fort Bragg. None of them are right on the beach - and by that we mean so close that you step out into the sand - but some are close.

This guide only covers RV parks and campgrounds along the Mendocino Coast. You can find other options if you're traveling inland.

If you want to see where all these campgrounds are, check out this handy map.

Planning Ahead

California’s state parks reservations process can be confusing, and it’s set up in a way that practically forces you to plan 6 months ahead. Fortunately, Mendocino is less busy than other parts of California, and you may be able to find something just a month or two ahead of time, especially if your dates are flexible.

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Mendocino Camping: Campgrounds and RV Parks on the Coast

Relaxing on a Mendocino Camping Trip
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Tiny, cute little Mendocino doesn't have any campgrounds in town. It's one of the most popular places to visit in Mendocino and you'll find several campgrounds and parks not far away.

Caspar Beach RV Park: 3.5 miles north of the town of Mendocino, this park can accommodate everything from a simple tent to a 50-foot motor home.

Mendocino Campground: Located just outside the town of Mendocino, this campground has 60 sites, some with ocean views and is open April through October.

Russian Gulch State Park: Two miles north of Mendocino on Highway 1, Russian Gulch can accommodate trailers and motor homes up to 24 feet long.

Van Damme State Park: Three miles south of Mendocino on Highway 1. Can accommodate motor homes and trailers up to 35 feet long. To reserve a campsite at Van Damme, find out how to make California state park reservations. And do that as far in advance as you can to avoid finding it filled up.

More Mendocino Camping

Fort Bragg Area Campgrounds

Point Arena Campgrounds

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Fort Bragg Area Campgrounds

Camping Near Fort Bragg
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​Fort Bragg is one of the bigger towns on the Mendocino coast. That makes these spots a little more convenient if you want to go out to eat or shop.

Albion River Campground: On the river, it offers both RV and tent camping - along with on-site RV rentals. You can rent kayaks there or go fishing.

Dolphin Isle Marina: It’s a mile from the ocean on the Noyo River, with full hookup RV sites and ocean access boat slips.

Fort Bragg Leisure Time RV Campground: Just east of Fort Bragg on Highway 20, Leisure Time has 57 campsites, 32 with full hookups, 13 with water and electric only, 15 campsites with no hookups and a separate area for tent camping.

MacKerricher State Park: This state park can accommodate motor homes and trailers up to 35 feet long. It's three miles north of Fort Bragg. To reserve a campsite at MacKerricher, find out how to make California state park reservations and do that ahead of time as possible or you may find them already filled up.

Pomo RV Park and Campground: They have sites big enough to park large motorhomes with slide outs. 94 RV sites.

Westport Beach RV and Camping: 17 miles north of Fort Bragg, they offer RV and tent sites, as well as lots of recreational activities.

Woodside RV Park: One mile south of Fort Bragg on Highway 1. 104 sites, some with full or partial hookups.

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Campgrounds Near Point Arena

Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino
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South of Mendocino, Point Arena is a scenic bit of coastline with a pretty lighthouse and dramatic beaches.

Manchester Beach KOA: Sheltered among the trees on the way to Manchester Beach, this KOA offers 124 sites, including quite a few "kabins" and "kottages," where all you have to bring is your bedding. They also have lots of recreational activities, a heated swimming pool, adults-only hot tub and playgrounds for the kids.

Manchester State Park: Located far enough away from the beach to keep you out of the wind, the park can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet long and campers up to 22 feet. First come, first served.

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Mendocino Coast Campground Map

Campgrounds on the Mendocino Coast
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If you need more detail and features than this map has, check the interactive version at Google Maps.

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