Bodega Head, Bodega Bay

Bodega Head, Bodega Bay

by | Aug 30, 2018

Bodega Head is a promontory on the Pacific coast of northern California in Sonoma County, approximately 40 miles (64 km) northwest of San Francisco and 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Rosa. The granitic headland juts out into the Pacific Ocean protecting the Bodega harbor from open ocean waves and offers stunning vistas, hiking trails, beach access, and abundant wildlife viewing, including seabirds, seals, and migrating whales.

The peninsula was probably inhabited seasonally by the Coast Miwok people before the arrival of Europeans. The University of California at Davis now runs the Bodega Marine Laboratory located on the grounds of Bodega Marine Reserve.

A controversial attempt by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company to construct a nuclear power plant on the peninsula was thwarted in 1964 due to environmental concerns and the susceptibility of the site to earthquakes. The foundations, located 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the active San Andreas Fault, were being dug at the time the project was canceled, and the abandoned excavations are now locally called the “Hole in the Head”. Read more here and here. Explore more of Bodega Head and Bodega Bay here:

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