Manchester State Park (California)

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Manchester State Park
Map showing the location of Manchester State Park
Map showing the location of Manchester State Park
Location Mendocino County, California, USA
Nearest city Manchester, California
Coordinates 38°58′26″N 123°42′45″W / 38.97389°N 123.71250°W / 38.97389; -123.71250Coordinates: 38°58′26″N 123°42′45″W / 38.97389°N 123.71250°W / 38.97389; -123.71250
Area 5,272 acres (2,134 ha)
Established 1955
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Manchester State Park (also known as Manchester State Beach) is a state park of California, United States. It includes 18,000 feet (5,500 m) of protected beachfront on the Pacific Ocean in Northern California on State Route 1, 7 miles (11 km) north of Point Arena. The park is noted for steelhead and salmon fishing as well as the driftwood that collects in the catch basin. The 5,272-acre (2,134 ha) site was established as a California state park in 1955.[1]

Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Campers are advised to call for reservations.

Marine Protected Areas[edit]

The Point Arena State Marine Reserve & Point Arena State Marine Conservation Area are two marine protected areas that extend offshore from Point Arena. Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area and Saunders Reef State Marine Conservation Area lie south of Point Arena. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.


Manchester State Park was one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program.[2] It was previously one of many state parks threatened with closure in 2008. Those closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[3]

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  1. ^ California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10. California State Parks. p. 22. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  2. ^ "State Parks Announces Closures" (Press release). California State Parks. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  3. ^ McGreevy, Patrick; Louis Sahagun (2009-09-26). "State parks to stay open, but with cuts in hours, staffing". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.). Retrieved 2011-12-30. 

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