The Redwood National and State Park is huge, encompassing an enormous 206 square miles. It offers a wide range of activities, and has an equally wide range of regulations governing them. These include everything from going on a scenic drive to fishing to open ocean kayaking. It is best to check and see what regulations, if any, apply to activities of interest before setting out to Redwood National Park.
Some campgrounds in the park require permits, and others do not. The campground at Redwood Creek requires a permit, which is issued at the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center. Miner's Ridge and Ossagon Creek campgrounds are also by-permit-only, and these are issued at the Prairie Creek Entrance Station. Little Bald Hills, Nickel Creek, DeMartin, Flint Ridge and Elam do not require permits, but do require notification of the park authorities.
Use of the campgrounds is subject to the following regulations: absolutely no pets, mushroom gathering or weapons; no fires outside of designated areas; all food must be stored in the provided bear lockers; no more than eight people per campsite; no stays over five days; camping is limited to 15 aggregate days per year; collection of firewood is limited to down and dead trees, and cannot exceed 50 pounds per day.
Hiking and Kayaking
There are more than 200 miles of trails in the park. While pets on leashes are allowed into the park, they are banned from the hiking trails. Kayaking is permitted in the waters off the park's shores, but only under the purview of the park's designated operator.
Fishing is allowed in the park. Anyone older than 16 needs a California Sport Fishing License to catch any amphibian, crustacean, fish, or mollusk in the park. The fishing limits depend on where the fishing is done. The most popular fishing area is Redwood Creek, with its populations of chinook and coho salmon, cutthroat trout and steelhead. The limit there is 5 fish per day.
California Department of Fish and Game
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 445-0411
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