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General Overview

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area is a state park located in Mendocino County, northern California, near the town of Leggett. The park is named after Edward Standish Hickey, the son of a local lumber baron who died of influenza while caring for victims during the 1918 flu pandemic. This recreation area is particularly known for the impressive redwoods, including some that are over 1,200 years old, offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and hiking.

Camping Information

Campsites: The recreation area offers different types of campsites including tent-only sites, sites with RV access (no hook-ups), and a limited number of cabins for rent. Each campsite typically includes a fire pit, a picnic table, and access to restrooms and showers.

Reservations: Camping reservations can be made in advance, which is strongly recommended during peak season due to the park's popularity. Reservations can be made through the California State Parks reservation system, either online or by phone.

Seasonality: Some sections of the campgrounds may be seasonal and only open during specific times of the year, generally from late spring to early fall. Always check the current status of the campgrounds for availability before planning a trip.

Campground Amenities: Amenities may include flush toilets, coin-operated showers, drinking water, and a dump station. However, amenities vary by campground, and some may offer more primitive facilities.

Camping Rules: Standard state park rules apply. These usually include regulations like:

  • Quiet hours typically from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Limitations on the length of stay.
  • Proper storage of food to protect wildlife.
  • Check for any current fire restrictions, particularly during wildfire season.
  • Alcohol may be restricted or prohibited in certain areas.


Hiking: The park offers several miles of hiking trails that range from easy strolls to more strenuous treks. The most popular trails take visitors through the majestic redwood groves.

Swimming and Fishing: The South Fork of the Eel River runs through the park, providing opportunities for swimming and fishing. The river is home to steelhead trout, and during certain seasons, fishing is allowed with the appropriate California fishing license.

Picnicking: There are designated picnic areas throughout the park, which offer a relaxing way to enjoy a meal amidst lush greenery and towering redwoods.

Wildlife Viewing: The park's diverse habitats are home to a variety of wildlife including deer, squirrels, and numerous bird species. Observing wildlife is a popular activity, but visitors are reminded to maintain a respectful distance and not to feed wild animals.

Visitor Tips

  • Preparation is Key: Before heading to Standish-Hickey, make sure you have all the necessary supplies, including food, water, camping gear, and appropriate clothing for changing weather conditions.

  • Preserving the Park: Help protect the park's natural resources by staying on designated trails, packing out all trash, and leaving natural features as you find them.

  • Check for Alerts: Always check the California State Parks website or contact the park directly for the latest information on conditions, closures, and any park-specific regulations.

  • Wildlife Safety: Store food securely to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife. Follow guidelines provided by the park to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, including the animals that call the park home.

By following these guidelines and tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience at Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area.

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