July 10th: Friday Beach Day 1pm - 5pm

What better way to kick off the weekend’s festivities than to gather for an afternoon at the beach?

The north fork of the Navarro River runs through our little village at Camp Navarro. Just downstream sits a beautiful lagoon where this salmon-bearing river meets the mighty Pacific Ocean.

This estuary reserve is full of shifting dunes and piles of ocean-carved driftwood, and its perfect for flying kites, throwing frisbees or just settling in and hanging out around the picnic tables with friends, old and new. 

There will be light food and drinks and no shortage of dramatic sights to behold.

We encourage folks to get to Mendocino early on Friday. We will gather at the beach from 1-5pm. You can meet us right at the beach or check into camp anytime after 10am. If you check in early, you can either drive yourself west on Highway 128 through a shaded tunnel of old growth redwoods to the beach, or gather your stuff and hop in a shuttle that we will have on hand to ferry you to and fro.

This isn’t quite a swimming beach, but we will have lots to do ashore and there’s nothing like putting your toes in the surf. If you are driving, think of bringing fun things for the sand– folding chairs, blankets, castle making tools, paddleball, what…!?  

The river mouth is about a twenty-minute drive from Camp Navarro along the serpentine Hwy. 128. If you are staying elsewhere, the beach is ten miles south of the town of Mendocino, just off Hwy 1. The turnoff is across the bridge from the intersection where Hwy 1 meets Hwy 128 on the south bank of the Navarro. There is a small, first-come, first-served campground (LINK) right on the beach for those interested in staying there Thursday night.

In July, the beach in Mendocino may be warm and sunny or it may be windy and smothered in coastal fog. Either way it will be a welcome respite from the summer heat of the Anderson Valley – just be prepared with layers so you will be comfortable either way!

Don’t get spun. The weekend has just begun. We will return to Camp Navarro for a BBQ and dance on the great lawn starting at 6pm.