I was not going to review this location for a second time following my fun stay here the first time, however I found that when I visited this time things were a bit different and warranted an update.
On my first trip I enjoyed the beachside camping while visiting and because of the late season experienced rains and dense fog throughout much of my stay, however amazing ocean views, sea foam rolling in and great ocean life. It was a great way to enjoy the location even during some of the crazy weather.
Visiting this trip I was there during a similar time of year and expected to experience similar conditions as I would walk down to my site and carry in my goods, only the parking lot was half blocked off and the spaces available were not as pristine as they had been on my previous visit.
Instead it looked as through they were working on the area and working to improve pull ins for larger units to possibly offer some form of RV parking which previously didn't exist. It also looked as though they were attempting to make the location a bit more accessible with large pads and concrete ramps being poured near some of the campsites.
It was a bit discouraging to say the least as the access was limited a the camp and the views were obstructed by the ugly appearance of yellow tape and tall fences.
Additionally the toilets which previously had been available, all be it they weren't that great, were not functional at all and instead port a potty units had been brought in for what I hope is only a temporary fix. These toilets seemed to need some maintenance and were very discouraging to use.
My hopes for this campground are that they will be able to return it to the enjoyable setting I had experienced the first time I visited sooner rather than later. If they are indeed expanding it I feel like it would be worth it because it was a very unique location and along this stretch of road there are not a lot of locations which boast similar views at the price point of $25 for regular single vehicles or $10 for those biking or hiking in.
- If you are not wanting to stay in construction have a back up plan for this location in mind. While this is a maintained facility maintained by the County I found it very hard to reach someone in regard to the status of the park when I tried to call.
- If you need supplies you have only a short drive to Arcata or Eureka where you can find just about everything you might need.
- Pack for a day at the beach, but also rain possibilities. Make sure you are bringing your rain fly and additional tent anchors if you are a tent camper.
There is no place closer than Clam Beach to pitch a tent and watch the sunset from the ocean. We loved the ability to camp right on the beach with a beautiful wooden path walkway from camp we were more than pleased with this stop on our adventure.
There are 9 sandy campsites with picnic tables and fire rings. There are two permanent vault toilets and a one clean portable are available. There is running water. Large pull through parking spots are convenient for campers/RVs.
Campsites are divided by logs and offer no privacy from each other. There is beach access from the campground. The beach is large with sand dunes, marsh, beach grass, and drift wood. Wooded hills and shrubs surround the campground.
3 stars due to proximity to freeway, you can see and hear vehicles; as well as lack of privacy. Also near a local airport, the campground directly under takeoff path.
Located near many great attractions and not far outside of town. 25 dollars a night makes this a cheap alternative to the Private and State Parks in the area that are often booked up.
Please leave the campsites cleaner than you found them.
convenient beach camping. the health hazards of clam beach and moonstone beach due to contaminated streams is a bummer. the beach is often cold, windy and foggy but its pretty nice when the sun is shining.
We've camped here at least 4 times now. It's small but there's only ever been a couple other campers while we were there. There's no showers. But you are on the beach. So your tent will be all moist especially in winter. It's beautiful and if you keep heading north there's trails and stuff to do all the way up!!
Camp on the edge of the earth. The beach is usually foggy and the sand dark. It has a sort of Edgar Allen Poe Raven feel to it but you can burn fires on the beach. The scenery is amazing with beach and farmland scenes on your way in. Definitely worth a stop if you want an alternative to the state parks.
In this area one thing is certain, you can always be certain that rain is just around the bend. With coastal air pushing inland each night fog rolls in each day and with it comes the rain.
We visited late in the year, around October and each day was overcast but one during the two weeks we were in the area. We visited the campground and other locations and found that despite the chill of the water, the views were spectacular.
The campsites we were near were just over the bluffs from the actual waterline providing a bit of shelter from the winds. each site was bordered by logs to not only separate them but also provide a bit of relief in the case of water flowing inland.
Campsites included small tables and parking. It Is IndIcated there Is no on beach campIng allowed.
SItes are first come fIrst serve and reasonably prIced at $25 a nIght.
There is a restroom facIlIty however when we vIsIted It wasn’t in the best of shape. It needed to be servIced.
*Weekends get busy during warmer months so arrIve early. There are only 15 sItes avaIlable.
*BrIng your own toIlet paper- When we visIted there were no supplIes whatsoever.
- Pack a raIncoat and lIght jacket. The coastal weather In unpredictable and temperatures vary throughout the day.
you jusy kinda pick a spot there are some designated but its was pretty full when we arrived there. bathrooms