Ocean Cove Campground Review Summary
Ocean Cove Campground is a private campground located just a couple miles south of Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County, California. Ocean Cove Campground is a wide-open space dotted with scrub brush and various types of pines. Ocean Cove Campground sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean and most sites offer exceptional views. Hiking along the beach at Stillwater Cove Regional Park, which is next door to the campground, is abundant. The park is directly accessible via trails.
At a about 20 acres, Ocean Cove Campground offers over 100 campsites, each with a picnic tables and fire ring. There are bathrooms with showers available for use, and boat ramp ($8 fee to use) within the campground. Just outside the campground gates is the Ocean Cove Store, which has camping supplies, food, and drink.
Ocean Cove Campground Bottom Line
Ocean Cove Campground is good place to stop and camp for the night for the road weary or if the state park campgrounds along Sonoma Coast are full. Most of the campsites do not have any privacy. While Ocean Cove Campground has amazing scenery and views of the ocean, Gerstle Cove or Woodside Campgrounds would be better camping destinations located just up the road.
Ocean Cove Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized – Private Campground|
|Number of Campsites:||Over 100|
|Cost:||$20 per vehicle, $2 per dog|
|Dogs Allowed:||Yes ($2 per dog fee)|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||April – November|
|Other:||Camp store located at campground entrance|
|Address:||23125 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450|
|Nearest City:||Jenner, California|
|Location:||Sonoma Coast – Sonoma County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Store located onsite|
|Directions:||The campground is 18 miles north of Jenner on the west side of CA-1|
|Web:||Ocean Cove Campground||Twitter:|
When To Go
Late Summer to Fall
Ocean Cove Campground was first surveyed by the United States Surveyor General in 1860. At that time it bordered the southern edge of Rancho German, a Mexican Land Grant, which is now Salt Point State Park. The first recorded owners of the property that makes up the Ocean Cove were Fred and Anna Liebig. The Liebigs built the first home in Ocean Cove in 1857 and they established a small store in 1860.
The Ocean Cove property was purchased by W.J. Walsh in 1889. Mr. Walsh renamed it to Walsh Landing and harvested timber from the surrounding areas. The timber was loaded from the bluffs onto "Dog Hole" schooners and sent south to San Francisco.
The Columbia Movie Studio purchased Ocean Cove in the early 1930’s for a movie production. They constructed six cabins behind the Liebig’s old store to serve as living quarters for the production crew.
Ocean Cove Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson