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About Stornetta Public Lands in Point Arena, California

Stornetta Public Lands is an open area next to the ocean north of the town of Point Arena. These lands are managed through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and other state and public agencies. This area was added to California Coastal National Monument in 2014. Currently visitors can hike the trails to the bluff for whale watching, wildlife viewing, birding, picnicking, and photography. Bikes and cars are not allowed off the main paved roads here according to the interim management rules. In the future, a final management plan will be published and public uses might change.

The Point Arena Lighthouse property is completely surrounded by the Stornetta Public Lands. There is a steep beach access at Sea Lion Cove south of the lighthouse. Rock arches can be seen in the Sea Lion Rocks from trail above this cove. The BLM warns of unstable cliffs and large sinkholes near the cliffs so be careful when exploring near the cliff edges.

Access to Stornetta Public Lands is from pull-out parking areas along Lighthouse Road that end at the entrance to Point Arena Lighthouse. Trails lead from these parking areas to the bluff and many excellent vantage points to view rocks, sea stacks, islands, rock arches, tide pools, stunning cliffs, and the lighthouse. In a few places there are steep routes down to the rocky beaches.

North of the lighthouse the Stornetta property includes the beach at the mouth of Garcia River which is only accessible from Manchester State Beach.

Lighthouse Rd
Point Arena, CA 95468
Park Name
Stornetta Public Lands, California Coastal National Monument, Point Arena State Marine Reserve, Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Free parking
Hiking, Walking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Birdwatching, Photography, Picnicking
Tide Pools, Island, Rock Arch, Trails, Toilet
Map of Stornetta Public Lands
Boonville, US
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Nearby Beaches

Garcia River Beach

1.1 miles away

The Garcia River Beach is in the northern part of Stornetta Public Lands, a BLM-managed recreation area north of...

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Point Arena Lighthouse

1.3 miles away

Point Arena Lighthouse is located on rocky Point Arena where the beaches are inaccessible. The lighthouse offers tours daily...

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Arena Cove Beach

1.6 miles away

Arena Cove Beach is the main beach in the Mendocino County town of Point Arena. The cove isn’t really...

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