Description - 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, when the park contained more than 1,530 acres.
Copyright: California State Parks
Ocean view at MacKerricher State Park
- MacKerricher State Park offers a variety of habitats; beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tidepools 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. The park offers a nice campground close to the beach.
Recreation - During winter and spring, the nearby headland provides a good lookout for whale watching. The park is popular with campers, hikers, joggers, equestrians and bicyclists. Fishing is also popular, with trout in two freshwater lakes. The park has a wheelchair accessible nature trail.
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.
The park is located three miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, near the town of Cleone.