Saturday, September 1, 2012

Noyo Harbor

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  • View of Noyo Bay
  • Noyo River
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Seals
  • Star Fish 

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  • Limited free parking just next to the harbor
  • Ample free parking at the mouth of Noyo Bay
  • Free admission

On a clear Saturday morning, while on the way to the Pomo Bluff State Park in Fort Bragg, curiosity about harbors drew us to take a detour to the Noyo Harbor. While driving south from Fort Bragg, we took the Noyo Point Road just before the bridge and it took us down all the way till we reached the harbor. Several boats were docked to the harbor and there were a few waterfront restaurants around.

Noyo Harbor

Noyo means "under the dust". Once upon a time, between late 1800s and early 1900s, Noyo Harbor was a very busy port. Almost every ship that came to San Francisco stopped by Fort Bragg at Noyo Harbor. The first railroads were laid in Fort Bragg in the year 1916, so until then all the transportation to this place was via the ocean.

Mouth of Noyo Bay

We drove a little past the harbor to reach the mouth of the Noyo Bay. There is ample free parking here and several folks around were getting prepared to kayak in the wide Noyo Bay. As we walked on the stone structure that protruded into the Noyo Bay, we noticed several starfish and seals. Right behind us was a spectacular view of the Noyo Bay bridge and the harbor.

Bridge above Noyo River

The water here was murky and for the life of me I could not understand why people would kayak here when there are so many other beautiful beaches in the Fort Bragg/Mendocino coastline. We spent some time here and took off to our next destination – Pomo Bluff State Park
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