Explore the Outdoors of Mendocino County
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Good to Know

Mendocino County - Things to Know Before You Go

Mendocino County is an awesome playground for outdoor activities; however, its waters and wilderness are not without risk. Here are some tips to use to have fun, safe adventures in Mendocino County.


Cell phone reception, gps, and navigation systems are not reliable in many areas of Mendocino County.

Do not depend upon GPS, Navigation Systems, and Cell Phones

GPS, Navigation Systems, and Cell Phones are not always correct or reliable in Mendocino County. Double check and print out directions before venturing out. Cell phone coverage in the towns is usually pretty good but can be non-existent or spotty elsewhere.


Poison Oak

Poison Oak

Poison oak grows in most areas of the Mendocino Coast. Contact with poison oak can cause itchy, red, skin rashes. Most people will want to avoid contact with poison oak. In the spring and summer, it can be recognized by 3 shiny leaves. Late in the summer and in the fall, it often turns red. In the late fall, poison oak loses its leaves. The stalks and branches can still cause a reaction and are difficult to recognize without the leaves.

Guide’s Tip - Learn to recognize poison oak in all its life stages and limit exposure. Be sure to wash with soap and water immediately after contact. Also wash clothes and dogs as the oils can accumulate on them and transfer to humans.


Be Swept Away by the Beauty Not by the Sea!

Check out these 12 Tips for Ocean Safety. Brochures are available at most Mendocino Coast Beaches courtesy of the Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition.

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Deer ticks are common throughout Mendocino County year-round. Lyme disease has been reported in the county. Here are a few tips for preventing exposure to ticks.

  1. Stay on trails and avoid walking through overgrown areas and tall grass.

  2. Wear long sleeves and pants with pants tucked into your socks. Light colors are helpful for spotting ticks.

  3. Wear insect repellent - on clothes and/or skin.

  4. Check your clothing, self, children, and pets after being outdoors.

  5. Remove tick as soon as possible with tweezers.