Noyo Pacific Kayaking

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Paddling access sites along the Mendocino Coast
Places to Kayak - California

The following access sites and descriptions are for planning purposes only. Conditions may change so stay alert and check carefully before starting a trip. Be prepared to abort your trip if conditions suddenly deteriorate. Sets of significantly larger than average waves may develop at any time. Most of these sites are not suitable for inexperienced kayakers. It is mandatory that kayakers wear wetsuits whenever paddling in these ocean sites. Helmets are necessary when paddling in surf and in sea caves and encouraged elsewhere. Paddlers should carry a spare paddle in the event their primary paddle is broken or lost. A Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (life jacket) and efficient sound producing device (loud whistle) are required by law. Carry plenty of drinking water. This is only a partial list of safety equipment that you should carry.

Locations are from south to north
Point Arena to Albion River
Van Damme to Russian Gulch
Caspar to MacKerricker
Seaside to Pete's Beach
Wages Creek to Bear Harbor

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Click here for a map of the Mendocino coastline from Albion to Westport.
Several good dive and kayak launching sites are marked. You might find it useful for planning purposes, however it lacks sufficient detail to serve as your only guide to reach the various sites.

ALSO

Mendocino County Coastal Fishing, Diving & Access Guide by Rouvaishyana is an excellent booklet that gives very detailed directions for driving to 56 public access sites. It also describes the facilities at each, fishing, diving, and launching opportunities and other features such as tide pools, bird watching, and nearby towns, campgrounds and services. It is available at many locations along the Mendocino coast.

COASTAL ACCESS: Elk to Westport
The Hwy 1 milepost nearest to access points
for abalone diving  & * Kayak Launching *
* GREENWOOD COVE *.................................34.00 *
NAVARRO BEACH *.....................................40.18 *
*ALBION *.......................................................43.93 *
* VAN DAMME *...............................................48.03
CHAPMAN POINT............................................49.00
BREWERY GULCH..........................................49.50 *
* BIG RIVER * ..................................................50.39
MENDOCINO HEADLANDS............................50.79
JACK PETERS GULCH....................................52.00 *
* RUSSIAN GULCH *.......................................53.00 *
* CASPAR BAY *.............................................54.65
JUG HANDLE...................................................56.00
OCEAN DRIVE.................................................57.48
HARE CREEK..................................................59.60
OCEAN VIEW DRIVE.......................................60.00 *
* NOYO BAY *..................................................60.50
GLASS BEACH................................................62.02 *
* MACKERRICHER * ......................................65.00
SEASIDE BEACH.............................................70.65
KIBESILLAH.....................................................71.95 
BRUHEL POINT...............................................74.09 *
* CHADBOURNE GULCH / BLUES *..............75.43
WESTPORT.....................................................77.39
PETE’S BEACH................................................77.76
DE HAVEN CREEK..........................................79.30
HOWARD CREEK............................................80.81
HARDY CREEK................................................83.50

 Additional information can be found through the California State Parks, Russian River - Mendocino District