Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Mattole Campground

Facilities: 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.

ADA Access: Wheelchair accessible campsites

Fee Info
Use Fee: Camping - $8.00
Bureau of Land Management
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Mattole Campground is located in California
40.2892 N
-124.3559 W
Get Directions
Location: North end of King Range at the beach. U.S. 101 at Garberville, South Fork/Honeydew, or Ferndale exits. Follow signs toward Petrolia, turn on Lighthouse Road toward ocean.
5 Reviews of Mattole Campground
Dank Campground

Great spot at the entry to one of my favorite backpacking spots. Camped here for a night in transit to SD from Seattle, was super remote but the drive in itself was an adventure! Loved how close to the ocean the sites were and got uber lucky with a beautiful sunset and sunrise.

Definitely come here if you’re looking for a quiet spot with rugged ocean views! Happy camping!

Stunning and sunny

Incredible area, so remote you gotta commit to it!

No water at the site but we got some on our way at the county park between Honeydew and the campground. Could probably get water in Petrolia too. Plan ahead for that!

Plan ahead for lots of sun — we camped in mid-July and had a full day of sun! The ocean water was super cold (and dangerous) but the river was just right. Nice to have options.

Most stunning was these massive cliffs that open into this wild California coast. You can hike to the (non-working) lighthouse and enjoy yourself with a driftwood fire at night. Camping on the side away from the very close by beach was smart as you get a little reprieve with some shade from the shrubs and hedges (with some wildlife running through).

Animal proof trash on site, recycling too. Toilets were fine (hand sanitizer in them!) and generally pretty quiet.

One of the best little hidden gems I’ve ever camped at.

Camping at the Ocean

This is a relatively small campground and fills up quickly during the summer so my advice is to get there early to be able to secure a campsite. What can I say? It's all about camping by the ocean! Be prepared for weather changes and cooler weather,it can change rapidly. Be prepared to be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves crashing against the shore!

Our favorite weekend getaway. Great sunsets.

We camp here as much as possible. Just good ol' pit toilets, but usually not crowded, and very quiet. As Humboldt locals, we like to be away from the crowds, in the most beautiful natural areas in California. This is the trail head to the famous Lost Coast Trail, and just a stunning beach campground. Dogs allowed on leash, pop your tent in the sand. Super nice.

No big stores nearby, so you should probably get groceries in Eureka or Fortuna before heading over the hill to Petrolia. There is a small store, but this is Humboldt so they could be closed at any given point, wouldn't depend on it.

Be careful in the summer, not really sandal appropriate. The native dune plants have lots of little prickers in the sand among the campsites.

Make sure to stroll along the beach north to where the Mattole river flows into the Pacific. You will almost always find a bunch of seals hanging out on the other side of the river spit and hunting in the estuary for fist.

First to Review
Remote and beautiful

It's a journey to get here, and well worth it. A small, secluded campground with access to a broad sandy beach. Nice pit toilet.