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Overview of Willow Creek Campground, Manresa State Beach

Willow Creek Campground is part of the Manresa State Beach in California. This beach is known for its beautiful coastal landscapes, recreational opportunities like fishing, surfing, and birdwatching, as well as its campsites.

Camping Information

Reservations: For camping at Willow Creek Campground, reservations are typically required, especially during peak seasons when the campground can be in high demand. Reservations can be made through the California State Parks Reservation System.

Campsite Details:

  • The campground offers both tent sites and RV spaces, though size limitations and availability may vary.
  • Each site usually includes basic amenities like a picnic table, a fire ring, and access to bathrooms.
  • Although some sites might have hookups for RVs, it's important to verify this information when making a reservation as not all sites may offer this convenience.


  • There will be a nightly fee for each campsite, and additional fees may apply for extra vehicles or amenities.
  • Fees are subject to change, so it's best to check the most current information when booking.


  • Restroom facilities and showers are available on-site for campers.
  • Water access points are usually provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own drinking water.

Campground Rules:

  • Noise limits are typically enforced to ensure a peaceful environment for all visitors.
  • Safety regulations, such as fire restrictions, must be followed strictly. This can include rules about wood and charcoal fires, especially during times of high fire risk.
  • Pets may or may not be allowed, and if they are, they often must be kept on a leash. Check the campground's pet policy when planning your trip.


  • Manresa State Beach offers a wide range of activities including surfing, fishing, swimming (with caution due to strong currents), beachcombing, and wildlife viewing.
  • The beach's bluff-lined coast provides picturesque views, making it a great spot for photography.

Environmental Concerns

Wildlife Protection:

  • Campers are often reminded to respect the wildlife by not feeding animals and properly securing all food items to prevent attracting them to the camping area.

Trash and Recycling:

  • Leave no trace principles are encouraged. Dispose of all trash in designated receptacles, and participate in any recycling programs the park has in place.

Natural Preservation:

  • Staying on designated trails and respecting all plant life helps protect the fragile beach ecosystem.

Safety Tips

  • Familiarize yourself with any posted warnings about rip currents or other beach hazards.
  • Always observe the park's rules for fire safety.
  • Prepare for changing weather conditions, which can often be unpredictable near the coast.
  • Bring a well-equipped first aid kit for any minor injuries or emergencies that might occur.

Access and Directions

To access Willow Creek Campground at Manresa State Beach:

  • The campground is located near the cities of Watsonville and Santa Cruz in California.
  • Precise driving directions can be found through a map service or the California State Parks website.
  • Note that some GPS services may not be accurate, so it's helpful to review directions ahead of time.

Contact Information: Before heading out, it's advisable to contact the Manresa State Beach park office or check their official website for the latest updates on campground status, rules, and any alerts that might affect your camping experience.

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