North Salmon Creek Beach

South Salmon Creek Beach

GPS coordinates:

38.3573 -123.0681

LiMPETS site since:

2002

Directions:

Salmon Creek Beach is located on the Sonoma Coast,  2.5 north of Bodega Bay along Highway One.

Parking:

Driving north along Highway One from Bodega Bay, cross over Salmon Creek and park in the Sonoma Coast State Beach parking lot on the left side of the road. There is no fee for parking.

Restrooms:

Portable toilets are located at the south end of the large parking area.

Site description:

Walk down the trail that leads to the beach located at the north end of the lot. There are two areas where LiMPETS surveys are conducted. From the end of the trail, the ‘south’ site is located slightly north along the beach, along the open, wave-swept part of the beach. It marked by a small rocky outcrop just offshore. The ‘north’ site is located a few hundred meters north of the “south’ site, inside a small cove-like, more protected portion of beach.

Permit and visitor information:

It is likely that the ocean along the Sonoma Coast will become part of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in 2015. Both North and South Salmon Creek beaches are within the Sonoma Coast State Park. LiMPETS maintains a permit for monitoring activities conducted at this beach; therefore all groups must contact your local LiMPETS coordinator to plan your trip.

Contact your LiMPETS site coordinator:

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association  The Presidio, 991 Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA 94129  limpets@farallones.org  (415) 561-6625 x303

North Salmon Creek Beach