Wages Creek to Bear Harbor
Wages Creek is located 19 miles north of Noyo Harbor off of Highway 1. This is a private campground and there is a fee for parking. Sometimes you can drive to within 100 yards of the beach over packed sand but conditions can change and other times you may have to park further back.. The launch area is not well protected. Launching here should only be attempted when conditions are mild. Be particularly alert for offshore reefs that may cause waves to crest and break unexpectedly. One of these reefs is approximately 300 yards off of the beach.
DeHaven Creek is located approximately 20 miles north of Noyo Harbor on Highway 1. Parking is free. There is a stairway down to the beach so kayaks will have to be carried. The launch area is only marginally protected. Launching here should only be attempted when conditions are mild. It is a one of several launch sites north of Westport where kayakers might begin or end a trip. Paddlers should be particularly alert for rocks and reefs, up to a mile offshore, which may cause waves to crest and break unexpectedly when larger waves pass over them.
Usal Beach is located 37 miles north of Noyo Harbor. It is six miles off of Highway 1 on Usal Road. Parking is free. Depending on where you can manage to park, it can be a few hundred yards to the beach. The launch area is only marginally protected and can be difficult, even in mild conditions. Experienced, properly equipped kayakers occasionally use this site when touring The Lost Coast.
Bear Harbor is located approximately 50 miles north of Noyo Harbor off of Highway 1; it is another ten miles past Usal Beach. The road is a poorly maintained, single lane dirt road that may require four-wheel drive at times. An alternate route is to take Thorne Road west from Redway , near Garberville, then take Shelter Cove Road to Chemise Mountain Road and turn south. Just getting here can be a major accomplishment! It is about 500 yards from the parking area to the beach so a cart is definitely in order here. There is a fee for camping at the primitive campground. The launch area is fairly well protected but unless conditions are mild, paddling outside of this tiny cove along the steep, rocky, desolate shoreline can be challenging or worse.
Locations are from south to north
Point Arena to Albion River
Van Damme to Russian Gulch
Caspar to MacKerricker
Seaside to Pete's Beach
You can look at a map of the coastline from Albion to Westport by clicking the link below.