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COASTAL CAMPING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
By: troyacantrell
Lawson’s Landing
P.O. Box 67, Dillon Beach, CA. 94929-0067, Tomales
(707) 878-2443
http://www.lawsonslanding.com/

Great place to camp with a large group, no sites just large open areas. It gets a little crazy during busy summer weekends, but that just makes the experience more enjoyable, and interesting. We have met some great folks there. Great for running your dog on the beach.
Doran Beach State Park
Highway 1 at bodega bay, Bodega Bay
(707) 565-CAMP
http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/camping/index.htm

Fall asleep listening to the waves splash onto the beach. This campground fills most of the summer so make reservations early. It is a state beach so dogs on leashes only.
Casini Ranch
22855 Moscow Road, Duncans Mills, CA 95430, Duncans Mills
(800) 451-8400
http://www.casiniranch.com

Camp along the Russian River. This is a good size campground right on the Russian River, it is a bit more inland, so it does get warmer. General store, dog run, the river, duck pond, plenty of things to do. Bonfire’s on the beach, a great way to meet your fellow campers over a cold cocktail.
Ocean Cove
23125 Coast Highway One 15 miles north of Jenner, Jenner
(707) 847-3422
http://www.oceancove.org/

A view to behold, camp on the bluff overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. This campground is 20 acres directly on the Pacific Ocean. Pick an oceanfront location or one secluded in the trees a bit back from the bluff. There are over one hundred available campsites to choose from.
Wright’s Beach
between Jenner and Bodega Bay on Highway One, Jenner
(707 875-3483
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=451

Camp here for a few days and be thrilled by the sounds of the crashing waves, amazing! This campground is small, but some of the sites truly back right onto the sand. This beach is not for swimming as the surf is too treacherous, and also too short to surf on, but great to watch and listen.
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