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Stornetta Public Lands

The 1,132 acre Stornetta Public Lands are located along the Mendocino County coastline just north of the town of Point Arena. containing significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitat, several riparian corridors, extensive wetlands, ponds and other water sources, cypress groves, meadows and sand dunes.

Migratory waterfowl, shore birds, raptors, and several special status species are seen here. The Garcia River is prime Coho and Chinook salmon habitat, and is a key recovery area in recent Endangered Species Act listings.

Sornetta Public Lands include over 2 miles of coastline, the estuary of the Garcia River and adjacent beach, and a small island accessible during low tide. Stornetta borders the Pacific Ocean and the historic Point Arena Lighthouse on the west. To the north it is bordered by Manchester State Park. To the east it is bordered by State Highway 1 and Windy Hollow County Road.

Recreational Opportunities

Under interim management rules, people can use the area for daytime activities, including hiking, picnicking, nature photography, and wildlife watching.

Motor vehicles, bicycles, and overnight camping is prohibited, pending a final management plan.

Because of mixed land ownership in the area, visit the Bureau of Land Management website for for a detailed map regarding public access. The nearby Stornetta Brothers Ranch buildings and 579 acre agricultural conservation easement are not open to the public.


For More Information, Contact:

Ukiah Field Office

2550 North State Street, Ukiah , CA 95482

Trish B. wrote on October 21, 2014: Thank you, fellow Americans, for this priceless gift of incomparable beauty!

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of National Geographic.

Longitude: -123.730602300
Latitude: 38.941786900
Elevation: 62 FT (19 M)
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