- MacKerricher State Park
MacKerricher State Park in Northern
Californiaoffers a variety of habitats: beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest, and wetland. Tide pools are along the shore. Seals live on the rocks off the park’s Mendocino coast. More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a formal tidal lagoon.
During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for
whale watching. The park is popular with hikers, joggers, equestrians, and bicyclists. Fishingis also popular, with troutin two fresh-water lakes. The park has a wheelchair accessible nature trail.
The park is three miles north of
Fort Bragg, Californiaon Highway 1, near the town of Cleone. The park encompasses much of the land west of Cleone and a strip of beach between Fort Bragg and Ten Mile River.
About the Park
The Park is the only one in the park system that was at one time part of the Mendocino
Indian Reservation. It is the only park unit that was part of the Union Lumber Company's vast timber and shipping holdings in northern Mendocino County. A small, independent logging and shipping operation began here, then was absorbed by the larger corporation. MacKerricher, known historically as Cleone, thus followed a pattern common to many of the small areas in the region. The park was officially opened in 1952; land was added along the Ten Mile beach until 1977.
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