Rockport Bay Beach in Westport, California
Rockport Bay Beach is on privately-owned property at the mouth of Cottaneva Creek just south of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. The owner of the land has decided not to allow the general public to use this spot even with permission. It’s mainly for the use of employees of the Mendocino Redwood Company.
Rockport Bay and Rockport Beach is not visible from the road so you won’t know what you are missing. It’s a stunning sandy retreat with a fascinating history. In the 1870’s this beach served as a port for loading lumber onto ships bound for San Francisco. It even had a 270-foot suspension bridge that connected to a large flat rock offshore. Some of the original wharf’s redwood pilings can still be seen in the sand, a testament to the durability of this wood.
Periodically through the 1950’s the town of Rockport (originally known as Cottoneva) would grow into a lumber mill town with hundreds of residents. The old schoolhouse still stands nearby. Sea kayaking groups sometimes land in Rockport Bay for a rest on their way north and south.
N Hwy 1 and Rockport St
Westport, CA 95488
- Lumber Company
- Other Names
- Cottaneva Creek Beach, Cottoneva, Cotineva
- Beach Exploration
- Creek, No Facilities