Navarro River Redwoods
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cultural resources, and creating opportunities
for high-quality outdoor recreation.
Wind through Anderson
Valley’s grapevines and oak
woodlands into the towering
trees of Navarro River
Redwoods State Park
along the sparkling river.
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Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Highway 128, two miles east of Hwy. 1
Albion, CA 95410
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n the highway to Navarro River Redwoods
State Park, the rolling hills of the Anderson
Valley drop you, unsuspecting, into a long,
shady tunnel of magnificent second-growth
redwood groves. Twisting two-lane Highway
128 runs through the park and parallels the
Navarro River’s north bank.
The park’s 660 acres lie along a 14-mile
contiguous river corridor, preserving an
intricately connected web of aquatic and
terrestrial plants and wildlife.
The Pomo people occupied much of what
is now Mendocino County for thousands of
years before Europeans arrived in California.
Some indigenous Pomo people lived
in a narrow strip along today’s Navarro
River, but most lived inland, east of the
The Mitom Pomo inhabited an area
near today’s town of Willits called Little
Lake Valley. The Mitom Pomo traded with
the Mato Pomo, who lived north of the
Noyo River. The Mato Pomo had access to
obsidian for making tools such as scrapers,
arrowheads and spearheads.
The Navarro area provided well for the
Mitom Pomo. Plant foods, fish, shellfish and
game animals were plentiful. Grasses, roots
and other vegetation provided materials
to create magnificent Pomo baskets, now
gracing museum collections the world over.
Navarro Beach at the mouth of the Navarro River
In June 1857, the Mitom Pomo were sent
to a newly opened reservation (now the
town of Fort Bragg). The reservation lasted
less than ten years. During this time, the
native population was drastically reduced by
disease, loss of land and food resources, and
the hostility of European settlers.
Beginning in the 1850s, heavy logging by
the lumber and sawmill trade devastated
the area’s old-growth redwoods. In 1987, the
Save the Redwoods League purchased this
fragmented riverfront acreage to link its open
spaces and then donated it to the State.
These second-growth redwoods—sprouted
from the cut stumps of the original trees—
grew rapidly in height and girth where the
Navarro’s floodwaters nourished their growth.
Sedges, used as basket material by the Mitom
Pomo, line the channel banks. Redwood sorrel
blankets the forest floor with heart-shaped
leaflets and pink flowers in the spring. Dense
stands of western sword ferns, salal and wild
huckleberry add to the riverfront beauty.
The mouth of the Navarro River mingles
fresh water and salty ocean water to support
a great variety of wildlife, including harbor
seals, river otters and California sea lions.
Mountain lions may be spotted at dusk
or dawn seeking a resident raccoon or a
The park is far enough inland to have warm
summers and cool, wet winters. Occasionally the
river overflows in winter, inundating the beach
Water Activities—Swimming and wading
are popular in summer. In winter and spring,
kayakers and canoeists enjoy the peace and
quiet of the river and ocean.
Camping—At Paul M. Dimmick Campground,
26 sites sit in a redwood grove near the river.
Ten primitive sites at Navarro Beach
Campground have chemical toilets with no
running water. Camping is first-come, firstserved, with no reservations.
Fishing—Steelhead fishing along the Navarro
River is excellent during the months when fishing
Captain Fletcher’s Inn
Captain Fletcher’s Inn
Captain Charles Fletcher became the first
European settler in the town of Navarro at
the mouth of the Navarro River. Fletcher
built an inn in the early 1860s with San
Franciscans Thomas and James Kennedy.
Captain Fletcher’s Inn housed sailors waiting
for lumber ships to be loaded and unloaded
at the Navarro Mill.
Later, Fletcher and James Kennedy
established Mendocino’s first ship-building
enterprise, constructing schooners to haul
logs from the Mendocino coast.
The inn later became a stagecoach stop, a
home for unmarried lumber mill hands, and
a fishing resort. In 1996, California State Parks
purchased the inn and has been working with
the Navarro-by-the-Sea Center to raise funds
to restore Captain Fletcher’s Inn.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Luciani
Belted kingfishers, grebes, mergansers,
buffleheads, egrets and herons feed in and
along the river, while airborne raptors such as
osprey and red-tailed hawks circle the skies
looking for food.
Paul M. Dimmick campground
is allowed. Barbless hooks must be used;
catch-and-release rules apply much of the
year. A valid California fishing license with
a steelhead card is required for anglers 16
and over. Visit www.dfg.ca.gov for all current
• All natural and cultural park features
are protected by law and may not
be disturbed or removed.
• Pets must be under immediate physical
control at all times. Dogs must be on
a leash no more than six feet long and
confined in a tent or vehicle at night.
• Fires—Use only fire facilities provided
in the park. Portable stoves may be
permitted in designated areas. Do not
gather dead or down wood for campfires.
• Recreational Vehicles (RVs)—Large
RVs and trailers over 28 feet are not
recommended on the narrow, curving
campground road. Most parking spaces
will accommodate RVs up to 28 feet long.
• Hunting, loaded firearms and fireworks
• Dispose of all trash in the receptacles
provided; keep your campsite clean, and
do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
• Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and
6 a.m. Do not operate generators between
8 p.m. and 10 a.m. Noise should never be
audible beyond your campsite.
• Speed limit in the park is 15 mph.
• Stay on established trails to avoid
encountering poison oak.
Accessibility is continually improving throughout
state parks, but currently no features at Navarro
River Redwoods are wheelchair accessible. For
updates, visit http://access.parks.ca.gov.
NEARBY STATE PARKS
• Hendy Woods State Park, 18599 Philo-Greenwood
Road, Philo 95466 (707) 937-5804 or (707) 895-3141
• Van Damme State Park, Highway 1, Little River
95456 (707) 937-0851 or (707) 937-5804
This park receives support in part through a
nonprofit association. For information, contact:
Mendocino Area Parks Association
PO Box 1387, Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-4700 • www.mendoparks.org