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Doran Regional Park

Beautiful Beach Campgrounds in Northern California

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Camping along the beach in California is a dream come true. Options vary from tent-only campgrounds on the Pacific Coast or along the Russian River that bring you close to nature, to campsites with full RV hook-ups, to cabins. Whether you pitch a tent, lay your head down in a luxury RV, or sleep under the stars, camping remains the best way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and explore Sonoma County.

There's nothing quite like camping right on the water's edge. Whether it's along the California Coast, the Russian or Gualala rivers, or Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County offers abundant opportunities to enjoy setting up camp on or near a beach. Here is a quick round-up of beachside campgrounds.

Pacific Coast Beach Camping

Bodega Bay RV Park

Cars and RVs lined up at the park
Bodega Bay RV Park

Stay on the Pacific coast in this full-service RV park, in a wind-protected area just a five minute drive (or half-hour walk) from the beach. No tent camping available. Pet friendly.

Bodega Dunes Campground

People splash in the water off the coast of Sonoma County
Bodega Dunes Campground

Part of the Sonoma Coast State Park, which stretches 17 miles along the coast, this campground offers 98 campsites with hot showers, flush toilets, and a trailer sanitation dump station. Maximum trailer length is 31 feet; no hook-ups are available. The day use area includes a disabled accessible boardwalk out to a classic sandy beach. No dogs, no fires.

Doran Regional Park

The clear aqua colored water from above
Doran Regional Park

With a two-mile stretch of sandy beach, Doran Beach is a popular place for visitors to picnic, build sand castles, fly kites, surf, fish, and stroll. A parking lot is located near the boat launch and can handle 30 vehicles with trailers.

Gualala Point Regional Park

A sandy cove along the Paciic coast
Gualala Point Regional Park

Located where the Gualala River enters the Pacific Ocean, this campground nestles under redwood trees beside the river, within walking distance of the crashing surf. The campground includes drive-in campsites, walk-to sites, and sites reserved for hikers and cyclists. Pet friendly.

Ocean Cove Campground

Situated around a sheltered cove, this scenic Pacific coastal campground offers a choice of oceanfront sites on the bluff or secluded camps tucked in the trees. It includes a boat ramp, and there is a store nearby. Stillwater Cove Regional Park and Salt Point State Park are close. RV and tent sites available. Great place to watch a sunset. Pet friendly.

Porto Bodega RV Park

This RV park includes a boat launch, dry storage, open slips, and waterfront sites. No tent camping. Pet friendly.

Of course, beachside camping is just one of many possibilities. For other ideas, search our lists of all campgrounds and state and regional parks in Sonoma County.

River or Lake Beach Camping

Burke's Canoe Trips and Campground

Camp near the river or in the redwoods, then rent a canoe and paddle along the Russian River. Tent camping only with hot showers and clean restrooms.

Casini Ranch Family Campground

People sit around a fire pit at sunset
Casini Ranch Family Campground

RV and tent sites plus a few cabins are available in this nicely laid out campground, situated on the Russian River just four miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Campground activities include outdoor movies, beach bonfires, and hayrides. There is also a convenience store on-site. Pet friendly.

Johnson's Beach

People walk down the boardwalk to the river holding hands
Johnson's Beach

A longtime fixture in Sonoma County, Johnson's Beach is located on the Russian River in downtown Guerneville. The beach below the campground has a snack bar plus canoe, kayak, and paddle boat rentals. The resort offers rustic cabin-type rooms, a game room, a laundry, and a barbecue area. Tent campsites available.

Liberty Glen Campground at Lake Sonoma

A sign for the campground sits above the lake
Liberty Glen Campground at Lake Sonoma

With more than 2,700 acres and 50 miles of shoreline, this popular recreational area is nestled in the beautiful coastal foothills of wine country. There is plenty of hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing. The drive-in campground is available for tents and RVs, but there are no electrical or water hook-ups. Boat-in and hike-in primitive campsites are also available. Pet friendly. Advance reservations required.

River Bend Resort

This RV and tent camp is located on the Russian River, near Korbel Champagne Cellars and Armstrong Woods in the Russian River Valley. Pet friendly.

Schoolhouse Canyon Park

Tucked into the redwoods near Korbel Champagne Cellars, this family-run campground is part of the original Ridenhour Ranch. Tent camping only. Pet friendly.

See Sonoma County's safety tips for water activities here.