Dog Friendly Beaches and Campgrounds
in Northern California

If you're looking for dog friendly beaches in Northern California, your best bet is to head to Humboldt County, where the beaches operated by the county often allow dogs off-leash. Other beaches in the region require dogs to be on a leash, if they allow dogs at all.





California State Beaches and Parks don't allow dogs on most Northern California beaches and trails, except for the beaches noted on the lists below. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 ft in length. Check out the California State Parks dog policy for details and a list of state beaches where dogs are allowed.

There are actually quite a few dog friendly campgrounds in Northern California. Dogs are allowed at most state operated campgrounds, except for environmental camps. They must be kept on a leash and must be confined in a tent or vehicle at night. The Redwood National Park pet policy is similar.

Humboldt County Parks requires dogs to be on a leash no longer than 10 feet, except on some beaches where dogs may go unleashed if under voice control. Be sure to read the complete Humboldt County Parks dogs policy

Dogs are allowed in most Sonoma County Regional Parks. The county requires that dogs be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Be sure to read the Sonoma County Regional Parks dog policy.

There are also some private campgrounds that are dog-friendly. It's always a good idea to call ahead of time to verify the dog policy and check the availability of campsites.

The listings below are arranged from north to south by county.


Del Norte County Beaches

Dog Friendly Beaches

and Campgrounds

  • Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Humboldt County Beaches

Dog Friendly Beaches

  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: Gold Bluffs Beach in designated areas only
  • Big Lagoon County Park (Humboldt County): Dogs may go unleashed.
  • Luffenholtz Beach and County Park (Humboldt County): Dogs may go unleashed.
  • Moonstone Beach (Humboldt County): Dogs may go unleashed.
  • Clam Beach (Humboldt County): Dogs may go unleashed.
  • Mad River (Humboldt County): Dogs may go unleashed.
  • Samoa Boat Ramp (Humboldt County)
  • Centerville County Park and Beach (Humboldt County): Dogs may go unleashed.

and Campgrounds

  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: Gold Bluffs Beach and Elk Prairie campgrounds
  • Patricks Point State Park
  • Big Lagoon County Park (Humboldt County)
  • Clam Beach (Humboldt County)
  • Samoa Boat Ramp (Humboldt County)

Mendocino County Beaches

Dog Friendly Beaches

  • Westport Union Landing State Beach
  • Mackerricher State Park
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: Well-mannered dogs on leashes are always welcome and enjoy free admission.
  • Caspar Headlands State Beach
  • Russian Gulch State Park
  • Mendocino Headlands State Park: Beaches include Portuguese Beach and Big River Beach
  • Van Damme State Park

and Campgrounds

  • Sinkyone Wilderness State Park: Dogs are permitted at Usal Beach Campground only. They are prohibited on all trails, trail campsites, beaches and most environmental campsites.
  • Westport Beach KOA
  • Mackerricher State Park
  • Russian Gulch State Park
  • Van Damme State Park
  • Manchester State Park

Sonoma County Beaches

Dog Friendly Beaches

  • Gualala Point Regional Park (Sonoma County)
  • Sea Ranch Access Trails (Sonoma County)
  • Stillwater Cove Regional Park (Sonoma County)
  • Sonoma Coast State Park: Dogs are not allowed on Goat Rock or Salmon Creek beaches.
  • Westside Regional Park (Sonoma County)
  • Doran Regional Park (Sonoma County)
  • Pinnacle Gulch/ Shorttail Coastal Access Trail (Bodega Harbor) (Sonoma County)

and Campgrounds

  • Gualala Point Regional Park (Sonoma County)
  • Salt Point State Park: Dogs are not permitted in the group camp or the walk-in sites.
  • Stillwater Cove Regional Park (Sonoma County)
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park
  • Sonoma Coast State Park: Dogs are not allowed on any trails or in the environmental campgrounds. They're allowed on beaches except for Goat Rock or Salmon Creek beaches.
  • Westside Regional Park (Sonoma County)
  • Doran Regional Park (Sonoma County)

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