Overview of Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park

California North
USA West


With all the amenities you'd expect of a California State Park, this is an excellent place to dive for the day and camp overnight. The area has endless underwater photography opportunities along the rocky coast line.

Directions: 8 miles South of Fort Bragg, and 2 miles North of Mendocino on Highway 1. For more information on California parks, call 1-800-444-7275 or go to their website here.


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01/04/2013 AAA Premier Scuba (Avg: 3.70 Review) - Great site for every level of diver. Stayed to the left of the bay, went out to the mouth, lots of fish. Great nudi's, must have been breeding. Vis was okay, about 18-feet, was just a great dive. Headed back up there on January 13th, 2013 for a shop dive. Anyone is welcome to join us. We did a bit of hiking too, trails are great. Going to plan an over nighter soon.

01/28/2005 Chris 3 (Avg: 3.80 Review) - This is a fun site with an extremely easy entry; rare for much of the Mendocino coast. The underwater geography along the left of the cove near the entrance is impressive. Valleys and huge boulders with lots of fish, kelp, nudibranch and all the usual suspects. Some surface swim necessary to get near the mouth. Just dove it on a stunningly clear day in January and vis must have been 30ish feet (during nudi breeding season, too, so saw literally hundreds of the critters). Normal vis probably more like 10'-20'

01/09/2004 Avid Diver (Avg: 3.90 Review) - Better the farther you swim out but can be fun even closer in. Protected entry makes this good for less experienced divers. Free outside shower at parking lot. Vis. Varies as with all North California dive sites.

09/26/2003 Oregon Diver (Avg: 3.92 Review) - Fun Dive. Easy entry. Pretty setting. The normal moderate swim to deeper water. Best wildlife out by mouth. Seals are friendly. Bring a bike and take the scenic 3 mile trail to falls between dives. Bathroom is closed at beach but the campground is close. Campground is popular, get a reservation. Showers take quarters.

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GPS: CN0401


Entrance at Russian Gulch State Park 

The entrance is well-marked


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GPS: CN0402


Parking at Russian Gulch State Park 

The parking area is located under the bridge.




Overview at Russian Gulch State Park 

Looking back toward the beach area, take note of the inviting waterside cliffs!


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GPS: CN0404


Entry at Russian Gulch State Park 

Looking out to sea, the entry is a short hike from the parking area.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


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

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.25
Bottom Conditions:  3.75
Reef Conditions:  3.75
Animal Life:  3.50
Plant Life:  4.00
Facilities:  3.00
Solitude 4.25
Roads:  4.75
*Site Average:  3.83

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.75
Beginner Scuba:  4.50
Intermediate Scuba:  4.25
Advanced Scuba:  3.25
Night diving Scuba:  3.00

Number of reviews for this site: 4


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