The Sonoma Coast State Park consists of a series of beaches over 17 miles, starting at the Bodega Head and ending four miles north of Jenner. See whales migrating from December through April, or new seal pups at Goat Rock Beach in the spring. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, and bird watching while taking in the spectacular view.
Sonoma Coast State Parks has produced a really helpful map that you may be able to pick up in various locations throughout Sonoma County (try the Bodega Bay and Russian River Visitors Centers) or download it from their site:
best beachcombing - Shell Beach
best fishing - Shell Beach, Portugese Beach & Schoolhouse Beach
best sunset - Goat Rock Beach & Blind Beach
best tidepooling - Shell Beach (with volunteer naturalists available during the spring and summer) & Carmet Beach
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach - Healdsburg - (707) 433-1625 - parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov
Johnson's Beach - Guerneville - (707) 869-2022 - www.johnsonsbeach.com
Mom's Beach - 10584 River Drive, Forestville
Monte Rio Beach - Monte Rio - (707) 865-2487 - mrrpd.org
Steelhead Beach - Forestville - (707) 433-1625 - parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov
Sunset Beach - Guerneville - (707) 433-1625 - sonomacounty.ca.gov
Vacation Crossing - Guerneville - (707) 869-9184 - russianriverrecpark.org
Try to enjoy the intertidal creatures without touching them. If you do touch them, here are some guidelines:
- Using force to remove a creature can be permanently harmful to them.
- Only touch animals as gently as you would your own eyeball.
- Don't poke or squeeze or yank.
- If a creature is hiding in a crevice or under a rock, do not pull them out.