Overview of Mackerricher State Park

Mackerricher State Park

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Mackerricher State Park has an excellent cove for a relatively sheltered dive. The park area itself is open year-round with 140 campsites for tent and RV's. The board walk that winds through the area allows easy access to wildlife and tide pool viewing.

Directions: Located 3 miles North of Fort Bragg, off Highway 1. For more information on California parks, call 1-800-444-7275 or go to their website here.


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10/31/2005 Jeff Emanuel (Avg: 4.54 Review) - Jesse Rorabaugh review says he was spear fishing here. It's illegal unless you are outside the preserve boundary.

04/03/2002 RandellSon (Avg: 4.17 Review) - I first dove at Mackerricher about 2 years ago. It has since become one of my favorite California shore dives. It has a labyrinth of canyons abundant with sea life. The swim out is just as interesting as the dive. On one dive we encountered a salp (there are many different kinds and I don't know the full name of this one), a jelly-like creature that was shaped like a transparent milk bottle with horns. The south side can be treacherous, but is diveable during calm seas. A tank cart or dolly is recommended to tote your gear to the entry point. If you choose to exit your dive on the beach, beware of the seaweed, as you'll probably be dragging a bunch up with you. I haven't seen a lot of scuba divers here, but there are more abalone divers during ab season. Parking is limited, and can fill up quick on weekends and holidays. My deepest dive here was about 55 feet. This is an excellent site for beginners to advanced, and snorkelers as well.

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Entrance at Mackerricher State Park 

Looking South, the entrance is well-marked.


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Parking at Mackerricher State Park 

There are numerous areas to park, but you'll want to drive to the end of the road by the water.

Trail Head

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Trail Head at Mackerricher State Park 

The beginning of the boardwalk is ramped and makes for an easy stroll. If you are lugging dive equipment, you may want to use a tank cart, since it's about a quarter mile walk to the entry.

Trail Head



Trail Head at Mackerricher State Park 

The stairs take you down to the beach entry for diving and browsing the tidal pools.


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Entry at Mackerricher State Park 

The gravel entry is sheltered from the Pacific swells.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Mackerricher State Park  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  5.00
Reef Conditions:  5.00
Animal Life:  4.50
Plant Life:  4.50
Facilities:  3.50
Solitude 3.00
Roads:  3.50
*Site Average:  4.36

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  5.00
Beginner Scuba:  5.00
Intermediate Scuba:  5.00
Advanced Scuba:  4.00
Night diving Scuba:  4.00

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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