Navarro River Redwoods

State Park - California

Navarro River Redwoods State Park is a state park in Mendocino County, California, consisting of 660 acres (2.7 km2) of second-growth redwood forest in a narrow stretch 11 miles (18 km) long on both banks of the Navarro River, from the town of Navarro to the river's confluence with the Pacific Ocean.
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=435 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navarro_River_Redwoods_State_Park Navarro River Redwoods State Park is a state park in Mendocino County, California, consisting of 660 acres (2.7 km2) of second-growth redwood forest in a narrow stretch 11 miles (18 km) long on both banks of the Navarro River, from the town of Navarro to the river's confluence with the Pacific Ocean.
Navarro River Redwoods State Park Our Mission The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Wind through Anderson Valley’s grapevines and oak woodlands into the towering trees of Navarro River Redwoods State Park along the sparkling river. California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park at (707) 937-5804. This publication can be made available in alternate formats. Contact interp@parks.ca.gov or call (916) 654-2249. CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 For information call: (800) 777-0369. (916) 653-6995, outside the U.S. 711, TTY relay service www.parks.ca.gov Discover the many states of California.™ SaveTheRedwoods.org/csp Navarro River Redwoods State Park Highway 128, two miles east of Hwy. 1 Albion, CA 95410 (707) 937-5804 © 2011 California State Parks O n the highway to Navarro River Redwoods State Park, the rolling hills of the Anderson Valley drop you, unsuspecting, into a long, shady tunnel of magnificent second-growth redwood groves. Twisting two-lane Highway 128 runs through the park and parallels the Navarro River’s north bank. The park’s 660 acres lie along a 14-mile contiguous river corridor, preserving an intricately connected web of aquatic and terrestrial plants and wildlife. PARK HISTORY Native People The Pomo people occupied much of what is now Mendocino County for thousands of years before Europeans arrived in California. Some indigenous Pomo people lived in a narrow strip along today’s Navarro River, but most lived inland, east of the “redwood belt.” The Mitom Pomo inhabited an area near today’s town of Willits called Little Lake Valley. The Mitom Pomo traded with the Mato Pomo, who lived north of the Noyo River. The Mato Pomo had access to obsidian for making tools such as scrapers, arrowheads and spearheads. The Navarro area provided well for the Mitom Pomo. Plant foods, fish, shellfish and game animals were plentiful. Grasses, roots and other vegetation provided materials to create magnificent Pomo baskets, now gracing museum collections the world over. Navarro Beach at the mouth of the Navarro River Steelhead trout In June 1857, the Mitom Pomo were sent to a newly opened reservation (now the town of Fort Bragg). The reservation lasted less than ten years. During this time, the native population was drastically reduced by disease, loss of land and food resources, and the hostility of European settlers. NATURAL HISTORY Beginning in the 1850s, heavy logging by the lumber and sawmill trade devastated the area’s old-growth redwoods. In 1987, the Save the Redwoods League purchased this fragmented riverfront acreage to link its open spaces and then donated it to the State. These second-growth redwoods—sprouted from the cut stumps of the original trees— grew rapidly in height and girth where the Navarro’s floodwaters nourished their growth. Sedges, used as basket material by the Mitom Pomo, line the channel banks. Redwood sorrel blankets the forest floor with heart-shaped leaflets and pink flowers in the spring. Dense stands of western sword ferns, salal and wild huckleberry add to the riverfront beauty. The mouth of the Navarro River mingles fresh water and salty ocean water to support a great variety of wildlife, including harbor seals, river otters and California sea lions. Mountain lions may be spotted at dusk or dawn seeking a resident raccoon or a black-tailed deer. RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES The park is far enough inland to have warm summers and cool, wet winters. Occasionally the river overflows in winter, inundating the beach and campgrounds. Water Activities—Swimming and wading are popular in summer. In winter and spring, kayakers and canoeists enjoy the peace and quiet of the river and ocean. Camping—At Paul M. Dimmick Campground, 26 sites sit in a redwood grove near the river. Ten primitive sites at Navarro Beach Campground have chemical toilets with no running water. Camping is first-come, firstserved, with no reservations. Fishing—Steelhead fishing along the Navarro River is excellent during the months when fishing Captain Fletcher’s Inn Captain Fletcher’s Inn Captain Charles Fletcher became the first European settler in the town of Navarro at the mouth of the Navarro River. Fletcher built an inn in the early 1860s with San Franciscans Thomas and James Kennedy. Captain Fletcher’s Inn housed sailors waiting for lumber ships to be loaded and unloaded at the Navarro Mill. Later, Fletcher and James Kennedy established Mendocino’s first ship-building enterprise, constructing schooners to haul logs from the Mendocino coast. The inn later became a stagecoach stop, a home for unmarried lumber mil

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