Westport-Union Landing State Beach
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Introduction

Looking for a relaxing northern Californian beachside getaway for you and your RV? If so, look no further than Westport-Union Landing State Beach. Westport-Union Landing State Beach is located in Mendocino County in Northern California around 19 miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1. The beach takes its name from two early-day communities, Westport and Union Landing. This beachside getaway town attracts people of all ages throughout the year to come and experience the beach life.

Westport-Union Landing State Beach feature around three miles of rugged and scenic coastline that is very popular for photographers, fisherman, swimming and surfing. The area is also a very popular picnic and beach walking destination and during the summer the area usually gets quite busy.

Another great feature at Westport-Union Landing State Beach is the camping ground that offers some stunning ocean and mountain views. In total there are 46 primitive campsites that are RV friendly for you to pick from. All campsites at this park are first, come, first serve so make sure you arrive early in the day during the busier times to guarantee that you will be able to get a site for the night. Peak season at Westport-Union Landing State Beach is during the summertime.

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Transportation in Westport-Union Landing State Beach

Driving

Westport-Union Landing State Beach is located within Mendocino County in Northern California. Getting to and from the beach is quite easy due to its handy location off Highway 1. The closest town to the park is Westport, which you will find two miles south of the park. Besides Westport there are a few small towns around the park, including hardy, (around three miles away), Kibesillah (around seven miles away) and Cleone (around 15 and a half miles away). The closest city to Westport-Union Landing State Beach is Fort Bragg, which can be found around 19 miles to the south of the park.

Accessing the park is super easy due to the park being right off Highway 1. There are no major regular weather events that are usually expected in or around the park, but if you are concerned you can contact the park to make sure that it will be open before you begin your journey to Westport-Union Landing State Beach.

Parking

There is plenty of parking available at Westport-Union Landing State Beach.

Public Transport

Unfortunately there is no public transportation that will take you to Westport-Union Landing State Beach.

Campgrounds and parking in Westport-Union Landing State Beach

Campsites in Westport-Union Landing State Beach

Reservations camping

First-come first-served

Westport-Union Landing State Beach Campground

Westport-Union Landing State Beach offers one campground for RV lovers to enjoy during their stay at the park. There are 46 primitive campsites for you to choose from with the majority having a sublime ocean view. While all the sites are primitive and don't have electrical, water or sewer hookups there are some great amenities within the campground. These include toilets, picnic tables and grills.

The campground is also pet friendly and you should be able to get cell phone reception in the campground on all of the major providers. There is no maximum RV size for the campground, but if you have a rig over 40 feet we recommend calling the park to make sure that you will be able to fit. Remember that all campsites at Westport-Union Landing State Beach are first, come, first serve so make sure you arrive early in the day during the busier times to guarantee that you will be able to get a site for the night.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Westport-Union Landing State Beach

In-Season

Picnicking

Once you are finished with the beach many visitors to Westport-Union Landing State Beach choose to sit down, relax and have a picnic. The park has many picnic tables available for you to sit back and relax at during your stay within the park. The picnic areas can be very busy during the summertime as the area is quite popular, so we recommend setting up early to avoid missing out on all the fun that can be had.

Fishing

If you love to fish than you will love Westport-Union Landing State Beach. There are several small sandy beaches along the coast that the park calls home along with one large beach located at the mouth of Howard Creek. These areas provide great terrain for fishermen. Common species found at the beach include surf smelt, night smelt along with several types of rock fish. Abalone are also taken when tides and ocean conditions are just right.

Swimming

As you could imagine with the park being just a stones throw away from such a beautiful beach, swimming is a very popular activity during the summertime. The beach at Westport-Union is a surf beach so it may be a little treacherous at certain times due to the swell. If you are not a regular swimmer at the beach make sure that you stay in the shallows as there are no lifeguards on patrol at the beach. Also be aware, the water will be cold!

Off-Season

Birding

The location of the park so close to beach means that visitors will have ample opportunities to participate in some different birding experiences that you won't find at the majority of state parks. Migratory waterbirds are the most common found in the waters off the beach and depending on the time of year you may be able to see the western gull, California brown pelican and pelagic cormorant. If you have any questions about birding within the park speak to the park staff and they will assist you with your enquiries.

Windsurfing

When the waters are too rough to swim and the wind is blowing Westport-Union Landing State Beach is a perfect place for those who love to windsurf. This activity is loved by those who want to experience the full force of nature and battle the wind and rough waves. While there is no windsurfing equipment available to hire within the park, if you are interested in giving it a go you can speak to the park office and they can give further advice.

Beachwalking

Unlike the traditional hiking trails that can be found at the majority of state parks, Westport-Union Landing State Beach is special because you have the ability to do some serious beach walking. With miles of sand ready to explore you should take your shoes off and go see what is out there on the sands. Maybe you will see some crabs or find some seashells? The mystery of a beach walk is so alluring for many. If you plan on going for a long walk make sure that you tell the park office your plans.

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