Blues Beach, Chadbourne Gulch

Blues Beach, Chadbourne Gulch

by | Feb 20, 2020

Chadbourne Gulch is a small stream that flows to the Pacific Ocean, about 1.8 miles (2.9 km) south of Westport and 12 miles (19 km) north of Fort Bragg, California. Chadbourne Gulch drains a watershed of approximately 2.7 square miles (700 ha) with elevations ranging from sea level at the mouth of the creek to 560 feet (171 m) in the headwater divide. The watershed is dominated by mixed hardwood and conifer forest and is primarily privately owned and managed for timber production and recreation.

Low summer stream flows typically cause the beach at the stream mouth to build and block the outflow, however, the creek flows across the middle portion of the beach during rainy periods. There are anadromous fish habitat and the potential for coho salmon and steelhead trout habitat enhancement. The principal watershed landowner is currently Georgia-Pacific, an independently operated pulp and paper company of Koch Industries, and one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of paper products and building lumber.

Chadbourne Gulch Beach is known locally as Blues Beach and can be accessed by vehicles, however, the stream mouth and soft sand can be hazardous. There are rocks offshore on the north end of the beach including one with a large natural arch. Read more here and here. Explore more of Chadbourne Gulch here:

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