Russian Gulch State Park Campground is relatively small and known for its proximity to a nearly mile and half long beach, its collapsed sea caves, fishing, and hiking opportunities. Russian Gulch is located on the coast two miles south of the town of Mendocino, just off of California Highway 1.

There are 28 reservable campsites at Russian Gulch State Park Campground, each of which includes a fire ring, picnic table, and access to bathrooms and showers.

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Russian Gulch State Park Campground Bottom Line

Russian Gulch State Park Campground, like the nearby Van Damme State Park Campground, is a great jumping off point to the Mendocino Coast. From a camping prospective the campground is pretty average; the campsites are not terribly large or private. Some of the campsites have no privacy at all, such as campsites 1-6 & 14-17. The nearby beach, with its scuba diving activities, and hiking trail opportunities are certainly the biggest draw to Van Damme.

Russian Gulch State Park Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 28
Cost: $35/Night
Use Level: Medium – High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: RV – 24 Feet, Trailer – 24 feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes, near park entrance
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Open Year-round

Getting There

Address: 12301 North Highway 1, Box 1, Mendocino, California 95460
Geo Coordinates: 39.329791,-123.804643
Nearest City: Mendocino, California
Elevation: 25 Feet
Location: Mendocino County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 2 miles to Mendocino
Directions: The park is two miles south of Mendocino on Highway One.


Phone: 707.937.5804 Facebook: Russian Gulch State Park
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When To Go

Summer – Fall –  Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable amounts of rain.

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Fun Facts

Russian Gulch State Park is believed to be named after the Russians who established Fort Ross in 1812 by U.S. government surveyors to honor these early pioneers. They were probably the first white men to explore and chart this area.

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