69350 U.S. Hwy. 101
Leggett, CA 95585
Campground open all year. Day use areas open sunrise to sunset.
Winter Rates (September 16 thru May 14)
$25 for all sites in open loops (Rock Creek open year round).
Summer Rates (May 15–September 15)
$25 - map-designated sites near highway
$30 - Hickey and Rock Creek Loops
$40 - Redwood Loop July 1st - September 15th
Call 707.925.6482 to verify Redwood campground is open. The salmonid count and the flow of the South Fork of the Eel River affect the installation timing of the seasonal bridge.
Camp Hosts needed for 2017 - Call 707.925.6482 for more information.
Standish-Hickey SRA is operated by the nonprofit Mendocino Area Parks Association. Read more below.
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
Entry Station Kiosk: 707.925.6482
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 MAPA and asked if MAPA could help to keep Standish open.
The decision by MAPA 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, MAPA decided to take a leap of faith. With considerable assistance from the CA State Parks Foundation, MAPA did the work necessary to take on the operation of a State Park campground. MAPA has now been successfully operating Standish-Hickey SRA since 2012. The group effort of community volunteers, MAPA board members and staff is affectionately known as “Team Standish.”
MAPA employs 3 regular part-time employees and 4 additional seasonal employees at Standish-Hickey SRA. MAPA is responsible for administration, visitor services, maintenance, and interpretation at the park. In addition MAPA has an internship program through Humboldt State Universities’ Recreation Department. HSU interns have the opportunity to observe and experience working in all aspects of park management.
Want to know more? Check out the Standish Hickey Annual Report
Download the Application to apply for job openings.
Top photo attribution: By Punk Toad [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.