The "Stornetta Public Lands" include over two miles of coastline, the estuary of the Garcia River and adjacent beach, and a small island accessible during low tide. Historic Point Arena Lighthouse is just to the North and Manchester State Park is just beyond the lighthouse.


View of Point Arena Lighthouse from Stornetta Lands

This beautiful piece of the California coastline is the perfect place for a leisurely hike. Over eleven hundred acres located along the Mendocino County coastline just North of the city of Point Arena has been set aside as public land.

Offshore the small island cluster, "Sea Lion Rocks," is a portion of the California Coastal National Monument system. The property contains significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitat, several riparian corridors, extensive wetlands, ponds and other water sources, cypress groves, meadows and sand dunes. The Garcia River is prime Coho and Chinook salmon habitat, and is a key recovery area in recent Endangered Species Act listings. Migratory waterfowl, shore birds, raptors, and several special status species may be found on the property. The Black Oyster Catcher feeding here on mollusks in the splash zone is one of the birds of special concern.

One of the very best places to see the seals is the coastal area around
the Point Arena Lighthouse and the adjacent Stornetta Public Lands.


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