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Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.

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The Van Duzen River running through Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
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The Van Duzen River running through Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
Description - The redwoods in the Grizzly Creek area were what inspired Owen R. Cheatham, founder of Georgia-Pacific Corporation, to preserve this site in perpetuity. Although Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park covers only a few acres, it is large enough to provide a sense of seclusion, and it receives so few visitors that on a weekday it is possible to be the only person in one of its groves of coast redwoods. The Cheatham Grove is an exceptional stand of coast redwoods. The park is a quiet place to camp, hike, fish, swim and picnic. The Van Duzen River flows beside the campground. There is a visitor center.

Recreation - The campground is open year round and can accommodate from tents up to 24 trailers and 30 motor homes. There are no hookups. Fees/costs/rates: Car campsites - off season $12, on season $16. Showers need quarters. Environmental camp $9/night on season & $7/night off season. Day-use $5/car. Senior citizens receive $2 discount on camping and $1 discount on day use.

Reservations/permits: Recommend reservations for car camps Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Walk through ancient redwood forest at Cheatham Grove; enjoy self-guided nature trail; experience Van Duzen River for fishing in the winter and swimming in the summer.

30 campsites, canoe and kayaking, fishing & swimming in Van Duzen River, group camp &/or picnic area, 4.5 miles of hiking trails, horse shoe pit, environmental camp, visitor center with exhibits and bookstore.

Special events/programs: None/Nature walks, campfires and Junior Ranger programs during summer season.

Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
Inland/coastal/temperate. Summer 70-80. Winter 40-50. Dress for rain Nov.-May with up to 65" annually.

Location - Located on a grassy bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay, this old military post was established in 1853 to assist in conflict resolution between the Native Americans and gold hungry settlers.

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Filed By: Jennifer (Santa Rosa, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed at Grizzle Creek Redwoods SP for 3 nights in August, 2008. We had a great time. The campsites are close together - so if you're going for solitude - go someplace else. They are also close to the road - so if you are easily annoyed by the occasional sounds of cars driving by - go someplace else. The campsites near the river are large, with plenty of room for numerous tents. Many sites have parking large enough for a small RV or trailer. But none have hookups. The sites nearer the road are nestled in the redwoods, and very pretty, but smaller. There are restrooms, and showers (bring quarters), and they sell firewood so you don't have to bring any with you. The river is deep enough to swim in one place near the camp (even in August) but is really shallow otherwise during this time of year. Fishing is allowed - but catch and release only. The campground was easy to find, very pretty, and was everything we were looking for on this trip. The only negatives were: 1) A faint whiff of sewage when the wind blew just right - but it went away just as quickly as it came. 2) Restrooms cleaned and restocked only once daily - so by the time they're due for the next cleaning they're pretty thrashed, and were often out of toilet paper and paper towels - so bring some TP with you, just in case. Other than that - we loved our trip here - and we'd definitely go again.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: My friends and I recently stayed at Grizzly Creek Campgrounds. The stay was quite an awakening. Our camp site was about 10 feet away from Hwy 36 letting us hear and see everyone vehicle that passed, not to mention that the camp sites are extremely close together. We went there thinking that our camp site would be secluded but found no such thing. It was really annoying to have to whisper through out the night because the other campers were so close to our tents, needless to say we got some complaints. Some of the good things about this campground are that the bathrooms are very clean as well as the shower area, and the rangers were very nice. One thing I forgot to mention is that every morning at about five o'clock the locals will drive by and honk their horns yelling idiotic wake-up calls. The river is also very shallow so plan to wade not swim.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Grizzly Creek State Park is the cleanest and best maintained parks I have encountered in my many years of camping in state parks. It is located 17 miles east of Fortuna, where good food is available, a cheese factory in Loletta, and beaches within 45minutes drive. The park its self is on the Vanduzen river next to hwy 36. It does have fairly heavy truck traffic at times, but not at night. I have and will recommend it to my friends as a good place to camp and relax.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: This is a beautiful park, with beautiful facilities. The bathrooms and showers were beautiful, and the sites were nicely laid out, with new tables and food lockers, etc. BUT, BUT, BUT, Hwy. 36 is literally an arms reach away, the park is at a sharp curve in the road, and you'll hear trucks hitting their air brakes all nigh long, destroying the lovely peace and quiet of the park and the river. As if this wasn't bad enough, there were locals who apparently did not like campers - firearms were being shot-off in the woods, outside of the camping ground, accompanied by loud hoots and hollering, and loud comments were hurled from cars about campers, etc. So, although it's a beautiful park, beware.

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ICON Camping 30 campsites
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Contact Information:
North Coast Redwoods District Headquarters, P.O. Box 2006, 3431 Fort Avenue, Eureka, CA 95503 , Eureka, CA, 95502-2006, Phone: 707-445-6547, Fax: 707-441-5737
, ncrhq@parks.ca.gov

Additional Information:
North Coast State Parks and Beaches - The North Coast Region, stretches nearly 400 miles, from just north of San Francisco to the Oregon border. It is a land of rugged shoreline and pounding surf, of towering redwood forests and rushing rivers, of verdant hills and bountiful vineyards.
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