Ten Mile River and Beach:
The beach south of Ten Mile River is part of MacKerricher Park. The parking area at the south end of the bridge offers handicap parking and benches where you can sit to enjoy the view. Walk across the bridge for splendid looks at Mergansers and Osprey hunting fish in the river. Look under the bridge for Cliff Swallows and Purple Martins nesting in drain-holes. Grasshopper Sparrows have been known to nest in the hills on the north side of the river and can be widespread after wet winters. Look for shorebirds on the mudflats and the beach where the river meets the sea, especially during spring and fall migration. While it is tempting to take a long walk south along the beach, signage directs people to the entrances further south because of the endangered plants, fragile dunes and hard-to-see Snowy Plovers resting or nesting right on the beach. Watch for Mendocino Coast Audubon members wearing State Parks Volunteer hats; these volunteers survey Ten Mile Beach as part of an ongoing shorebird research project; they carry the latest information about beach regulations and are happy to share recent sightings.
Best Time for Viewing: Morning and Late Afternoon
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: Spring and Fall
Pet Friendly Notes
Although dogs are prohibited on most beaches in MacKerricher State Park, many owners take their dogs 0.7 miles north of the Tem Mile River bridge to let them run on the sand at Seaside Beach, where a parking lot abuts the low-lying beach access.
For More Information, Contact:
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
P.O. Box 2297, Fort Bragg, CA 95437