Arena Cove and Pier
Photo © Craig Komulainen
Arena Cove is home to the Municipal Pier where boat launching is provided 7 to 4 everyday, weather permitting. The pier, which stands some 25 feet above the surface of the ocean is small but is considered by experts to be one of the best fishing piers in the state. The harbor is also one of the most popular sites in Northern California for surfing. Beyond the pier, the Mendocino Trench is one of the deepest ocean valleys in the world, and the Arena Rock Underwater Preserve offers both lots of marine life and sunken wrecks. The pier also provides free parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables and fish cleaning facilities. Fishing from the pier requires no fishing license. Fresh crab, salmon and other seafood may be purchased directly from the small local fleet that brings their catch in here.
Arena Cove is also a great place for wildlife viewing. Gray whales are sometimes seen quite close to the pier. Brown Pelicans, osprey, cormorants and various other seabirds are often viewed. The most unusual visitor is Al, the Laysan Albatross who has arrived every winter for 14 years to commune with the surfers. River otters are often spotted frolicking on the remains of the wreck of the Sea Foam. Seals are abundant and the occasional Elephant Seal has also been known to visit.
Arena Cove is a registered historic district and offers restaurants, shopping and lodging.
Point Arena hosts two festivals at Arena Cove, the Independence Day Street Fair & Fireworks occurring on the weekend nearest the 4th of July, and the Harbor & Seafood Festival near the beginning of September.
For more information see www.arenacove.info
Iverson Ave to Port Rd (mile marker MEN 14.85)hhh
Dogs not allowed on the pier