Howard Creek Campground at Westport-Union Landing State Beach is located on a narrow strip of land between California Highway 1 and bluffs overlooking the ocean. Howard Creek Campground has very little in the way of amenities, shade or privacy, but it is surrounded by panoramic views. Westport-Union is a first-come, first-served campground, and each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring, and access to bathrooms.
Westport-Union Landing State Beach was one of the 70 parks that were slated to close in July 2012, but was saved from closure by a local native tribe.
Westport-Union Landing – Howard Creek Campground Bottom Line
Howard Creek Campground is frequented by RV and Trailer campers, not tent campers. Much like the main campground at Westport-Union Landing State Beach it would be a non-starter for tent camping if it were not for the scenery and access to the beach. The campground has no shade or privacy, can be fairly windy most of the time, and since it is close to Highway 1 you can hear road noise, making tent camping somewhat miserable. But, since the campground does not usually fill up you can usually get a campsite closer to the edge of the bluffs and away from other campers.
Westport-Union Landing – Howard Creek Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Semi-primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||17|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Nearest City:||Mendocino, California|
|Location:||Mendocino County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||3 miles to Westport|
|Directions:||Located 20 miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1 and 2 miles north of Westport.|
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Reservations Not Accepted|
Like most beaches along the Northern California coast, Westport-Union Landing State Beach is not for swimming. There are dangerous undercurrents and steep drop-offs only a few feet out into the water.
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.
Westport-Union State Beach was named for two early communities in the area. The first, Westport, a sawmill town, still exists today and the second, Union Landing largely is non-existent with only a few buildings remaining. Both of these communities were supplied lumber, railroad ties, and Tan Oak bark to the schooners which anchored offshore. The schooners were loaded with forest products by means of intricate cable tramways and chutes from the bluffs.
Westport-Union Landing – Howard Creek Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson