This wonderful campsite is at the mouth of Mattole River on lighthouse road. The camping spots are strung out on a short loop road that runs north south. The campspots are separated from the beach by some low sand dunes that lie on the spit between the Mattole river and the beach.
14 tent/trailer campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, no hookups. Potable water until October 31, 2016. Lost Coast Trailhead and parking area. Wheelchair accessible. No OHV access.
Mattole Beach is at the sandy mouth of the Mattole River at the north end of King Range National Conservation Area. This remote area is reached via the easy Lighthouse Road from the tiny town of Petrolia. Mattole Campground is at the beach and offers camping, picnic areas, and hiking opportunities. The Lost Coast Trail begins here and takes hikers and backpackers south to Punta Gorda Lighthouse and other remote beaches along the route to Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove 25 miles away. Beachcombing is good either direction on the beach from the campground. The river mouth isn't far away to the north. If you are camping, watch the forecast as the weather can be wild. Two well constructed outhouses supplied with toilet paper are at the entrance.
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56 2018.03.03 Vancouver to California Road/Hiking Trip Robin Tivy
2018.03.04 Robin Tivy - Wonderful clean campsite
We arrived at the Mattole campsite after dark, and were glad to see how nice it was. It is nestled behind a row of low sand dunes that separate the river from the ocean. There were new cement floor outhouses complete with 8 toilet paper spindles, each with toilet paper. A small driveway loop goes north from Lighthouse road behind the dunes, and the campsites are widely spaced along it. The first night we camped on the beach side (west side) of the laneway, but since there was a cold wind blowing from the east, the second night we moved to a campsite on the east side of the laneway. Each campsite had a picnic table and firepit and a really good soft grassy/moss ground to set up the tent. The water tapshad been removed, probably for "winter" months. So best to bring your own water. There were two other parties at the campsite. We set up the tent, and briefly explored the sand dune spit in the dark. It was quite cold, close to freezing, and with a cold offshore wind. There was an envelope in which you could put the $8 camp fee. The start of the famed Lost Coast Trail is right at the campsite. A gate blocks any vehicles. We saw no sign of ATV's or vehicles. See Trip Report