Description - Westport-Union Landing State Beach is located north of Mendocino on the Northern California Coast. The magnificent vistas, sunsets and tree covered mountains in the background provide inspiring challenges to both amateur and professional photographers.
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Aerial view of Westport-Union Landing SB
The park was named for two early day communities. Westport, a sawmill town, is still in existence and Union Landing now consists of only a few buildings. Both of these settlements were famous for supplying lumber and railroad ties, and Tan Oak bark to the schooners which anchored off shore. The schooners were loaded with forest products by means of intricate cable tramways and chutes from the bluffs.
- Westport Union-Landing State Beach covers over 3 miles of rugged and scenic coastline, with 100 campsites on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Camping is in primitive campsites with no showers. The sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. Contact the park directly for information. In addition to the campground, facilities at this site include, restrooms and picnic tables.
Access to excellent surf fishing brings many people to this small park. Several small sandy beaches and one large beach located at the mouth of Howard Creek provide some good sport for fishermen; the Surf Smelt (Hyomesus pretiosus) come in near shore to spawn in the surf during the day. Night Smelt (Spirinchus Starksi) come in to spawn at night. These smelt 6 to 10 inches in length, are called surf fish and night fish by the sportsmen who take them in nets as they approach the beach to spawn. Several kinds of rock fish and abalone are taken when tides and ocean conditions are right. Water temperatures of around 52 degrees and a surging bellowing surf discourages all but the hardy individual.
Recreation - Visitors to this State Beach can enjoy fishing, picnicking, tidepooling and beachcombing. Individuals diving for abalone can be seen here, as well as spear fishing enthusiasts. Camping is permitted in developed sites on top of a grassy bluff.
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.
Westport-Union Landing State Beach lies two miles north of the community of Westport. It is accessible from California State Highway 1.