Driftwood Strewn Northern California Beaches

Question: I make really awesome driftwood and seashell decorations and I would like to know if you can tell me what beaches along the Northern California coast have driftwood?

Answer: You shouldn't have any problem finding driftwood on Northern California beaches. All those lovely redwood forests produce a lot of debris that washes down to the coast and gets battered into driftwood.

You'll find the best spots in the more northerly counties: Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino. You'll have the best luck after a storm or as the tide is going out.

Here are some places that would be good spots to go looking. They're listed from north to south. For locations, see this map of Northern California beaches.

  • Pelican State Beach

  • Wilson Creek Beach

  • Hidden Beach

  • Patrick's Point State Park

  • Clam Beach County Park

  • Navarro Beach

  • Manchester State Park

  • Schooner Gulch State Beach

Have fun looking!

P.S. If you have photos of your creations, you can upload them and I'll add them to this post. Just fill out a new form with the photos included, and I'll take care of it.

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Sep 13, 2013
Great information
by: Billy Willaims

thank you very much I didn't know this kind of information, I have a hobby I make driftwood things and I would like to know if I can go and pick pieces. Do I need any kind of permits?

I live in Los Angeles

May 02, 2012
by: Stan

Really cool. Gonna get me some cool driftwood!

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