Van Damme State Park


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Van Damme State Park


Location:3 miles south of the town of Mendocino on Highway 1.
Facilities:Family campground, environmental campground, hike/bike campground, group campground, picnic areas, trails (10 miles), visitor center, restrooms (é).
Activities:Camping, fishing, hiking, bicycling, scuba diving, guided kayak tours.
Special Features:Park features a protected cove for divers, a fern canyon for hikers, and a unique forest of Mendocino pygmy cypress. The park's sheltered and easily reached beach is a gathering place for abalone divers.
Address:c/o Mendocino District Office
PO Box 440
Mendocino, CA 95460

Phone:707-937-5804
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=433
Size: 2,337 acres.

See other parks in California.
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Tagging and recoveries were conducted at north Point Cabrillo and south Point Cabrillo from 1971 through 1976 (no tagging or recoveries at south Point Cabrillo in 1973 and 1974), at Van Damme State Park from 1973 through 1975, and at Stornetta Ranch and Pedotti Ranch in 1975 and 1976.
An additional study site at Van Damme State Park, Mendocino County (39[degrees]16'N, 123[degrees]47'W) was established in 1973; and the remaining 2 study sites--Pedotti Ranch, Sonoma County (38[degrees]30'07"N, 123[degrees]13'W) and Stornetta Ranch, Sonoma County (38[degrees]56'N, 123[degrees]43'35"W)--were established in 1975.
Van Damme State Beach, right across Highway 1 from Van Damme State Park, is a favorite spot for kayakers and divers.
Located just two minutes south of Mendocino, CA, this AAA four-diamond spa resort is surrounded on three sides by the towering redwoods and golden meadows of the 2400-acre Van Damme State Park.
A broad size range of abalone were sampled (n = 425) from Van Damme State Park and the Point Arena area.
Samples of red abalone were collected from Van Damme State Park (n = 393) over 4 years (2000-2003) and from the Point Arena Abalone Derby (n = 32) in 2000 and 2001.
With the help of several environmental groups, including the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, the forest's protectors succeeded in creating two protected areas at Jughandle State Reserve and Van Damme State Park.
Little River, more rivulet than river, flows in its entirety through Van Damme State Park, just 2 miles south of its big sibling.
While the city has more than its share of charms, there are plentiful outdoor activities as well at the four state parks and reserves that are nearby: Russian Gulch State Park, Van Damme State Park, Jughandle State Reserve and MacKerricher State Park.
In 2,072acre Van Damme State Park, about 3 miles south of Mendocino on State 1, you can ride up a shady paved road (closed to cars) that rises out the back of Fern Canyon, then add a walk through tiny trees in a "pygmy forest.
Van Damme State Park, which is on Little River, rims the highway, with beaches on the west side where abalone, sea stars and anemones are plentiful, and forests of fern and redwoods, hiking and biking trails on the east side.
Van Damme State Park, 3 1/2 miles south of Mendocino, offers a lovely walk up Fern Canyon.