69350 U.S. Hwy. 101
Leggett, CA 95585
Campground open all year. Day use areas open sunrise to sunset.
Encompassing 1,012 acres of park lands with two miles of river frontage, Standish-Hickey offers to travelers driving north on Highway 101 the first chance to walk and sleep in old growth redwood groves and swim in a wild and scenic river.
At the "gateway to the tall trees country," the area offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and swimming on the South Fork of the Eel River which winds through the park for almost two miles. One of the few virgin redwood-stands remaining in this area can be seen on the Grove Trail, which is ADA compliant, as are several of the campsites. Nearly ten miles of trails weave through steep canyon bluffs, second-growth forests and pockets of old-growth redwood and Douglas-fir. The fast-moving river—with its rapids, holes of varying depths, calm shallow areas, and cobblestone bed—is especially popular with both swimmers and anglers
Location: Off of Highway 101, 1.5 miles north of Leggett, CA
Temperature: Park visitors enjoy warm summer temperatures, varying between 70 and 100 degrees. Winter temperatures range from 20 to 75 degrees. Heavy coastal rainfall averages 70 inches per year
Standish-Hickey SRA and Mendocino Area Parks Association
In 2011, 8 out of the 15 state parks in Mendocino County were slated for closure, including Standish Hickey SRA. The community surrounding Standish Hickey SRA approached MendoParks and asked if MendoParks could help to keep Standish open.
The decision by MendoParks to put in the bid for the operation of Standish Hickey SRA was not done lightly. Standish-Hickey SRA is located inland near the northern border of Mendocino County, about an hour and a half from our offices on the coast in Mendocino. However, with encouragement from the Standish Community, and in spite of challenging logistics and virtually zero experience with park operations, MendoParks decided to take a leap of faith. With considerable assistance from the CA State Parks Foundation, MendoParks did the work necessary to take on the operation of a State Park campground. MendoParks has now been successfully operating Standish-Hickey SRA since 2012. The group effort of community volunteers, MendoParks board members and staff is affectionately known as “Team Standish.”
MendoParks employed 3 regular part-time employees and 4 additional seasonal employees at Standish-Hickey SRA and was responsible for administration, visitor services, maintenance, and interpretation at Standish-Hickey SRA for over six years. MendoParks’ contract to operate the park ended October 31st, 2018.
Find out more in the following documents:
Want to know more? Check out the Standish Hickey Annual Report
Top photo attribution: By Punk Toad [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.