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About Seal Rock Picnic Area in Whitethorn, California

Seal Rock Picnic Area is a wildlife watching spot on the west side of the small town of Shelter Cove. This park is managed by the BLM to provide the public an oceanside park where they can watch harbor seals and sea lions in their natural habitat. During migration seasons of Jan-Feb and April-May you can see California gray whales near shore as well. There is no beach here per se, but visitors can walk around the shoreline directly above the water. Nearby are great beaches for walking in the sand including Black Sands and Little Black Sands Beach. Shelter Cove is a long drive from Highway 101 in Garberville. To get to Seal Rock Picnic Area just drive along Lower Pacific Drive and look for the signed loop road and parking lot.

640 Lower Pacific Dr
Whitethorn, CA 95589
Park Name
King Range National Conservation Area
Pet Details
Dogs allowed in the park
No fees required
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Birdwatching
Picnic Tables
Map of Seal Rock Picnic Area
Redway, US
11:10 pm, May 21, 2024
temperature icon 51°F
L: 47° H: 64°
Feels like 50.22 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:55 am
Sunset: 8:30 pm
Humidity 90 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 4 m/s

Nearby Beaches

Abalone Point

0.2 miles away

Abalone Point is a broad flat grass and wildflower covered bluff on the west side of the small town...

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Shelter Cove Beach

0.6 miles away

Shelter Cove Beach is a long dark sand beach on the south side of the town of Shelter Cove....

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Nearby Attractions

Nearby Lodging


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