Fish Rock Beach at Anchor Bay Campground in Gualala, California
Fish Rock Beach is in front of Anchor Bay Campground in the community of Anchor Bay just north of Gualala, California. The privately-owned campground is in the bottom of Fish Rock Creek Gulch with huge evergreen trees towering overhead.
They charge a small fee for day use of the beach, but it’s worth the price for access to the cove. Wander in either direction around the rocks to other little pockets along the beach. The cove is popular for scuba diving, fishing, abalone diving, sea kayaking, and whale watching. Swimming is usually safe here as rip currents are rare (ask before swimming), but the water is always cold.
Anchor Bay is in an area called the “Banana Belt” which stays clearer weather-wise than the surrounding Mendocino and Sonoma coastline that gets more fog and rain. Winter storms can strip the beach of its sand turning the beach into a rocky shore, but the sand gets pushed back into place naturally every year.
35400 California 1
Gualala, CA 95445
- Other Names
- Anchor Bay Beach
- Fishing, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Abalone Diving, Bodyboarding, Swimming, Camping
- Campground, Restrooms, Tide Pools
- Pet Policy
- Dogs allowed off leash
- Fees for camping and beach day-use