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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Farther inland, Van Damme State Park's Fern Canyon Scenic Trail runs 3.5 miles long, passing through lush redwood forest (home to five owl species) and crossing nine bridges as it follows a creek where river otters are known to frolic.
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.
Abalone that had been captured only once after tagging had higher [L.sub.inf] than those captured twice after tagging at north Point Cabrillo, Van Damme State Park, and Pedotti Ranch, whereas the opposite was true at south Point Cabrillo and Stornetta Ranch (Table 5).
Surrounded on three sides by the redwood groves of the 2,400-acre Van Damme State Park and close to the ocean, the resort also harbors the five-star Indigo Eco Spa, which uses organic, local, and natural botanicals-based treatments.
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.
Little River, more rivulet than river, flows in its entirety through Van Damme State Park, just 2 miles south of its big sibling.
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." Leave your car at the Lower Campground parking lot, then cycle up Fern Canyon Scenic Trail-a roadway here under second-growth redwoods as you follow Little River.
Van Damme State Park. Frequented by abalone divers, it has 73 campsites that are full much of the summer with a sometimes boisterous bunch.
Van Damme State Park, 3 1/2 miles south of Mendocino, offers a lovely walk up Fern Canyon.
Photo: Walkers measure up to pygmy forest in Van Damme State Park; stunted trees result from highly acid soil, shallow root penetration, and lack of nutrients