Fort Ross State Historic Park RV & Campground Guide

California

Located near Bodega Bay, CA, Fort Ross State Historic Park offers visitors a glimpse into life at this Russian-American Company location in the early 1800s. Visitors to this park, which is also located near Guerneville and Stewart’s Point, CA, can learn how Russian scientists worked on recording cultural life in the area. Visitors can also learn about how these settlers who were of different cultural backgrounds worked together to grow food to feed Alaskans. Whenever you're at the park, you'll enjoy relatively mild temps year-round: 

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Weather
Spring 47-57 F
Summer 51–62 F
Fall 51-62 F
Winter 45–56 F
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Nearby Cities
Bodega Bay, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Fort Ross State Historic Park

With moderate temperatures year-round and lots to see in the park and surrounding areas, Fort Ross is a terrific place to go RVing. If you do not own an RV, then you can easily find one to rent on RVshare.com

Bodega Bay RV Park

If you are looking for a quiet place to unwind, then Bodega Bay RV Park may be for you. Play ball on the bocce court, practice your golf game on the putting green, leave the cooking to them by dining in the restaurant, and watch DVDs from the library at bedtime at this campground where rates start at $45 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Laundry, putting green, store, restaurant

Doran Campground

There are four campgrounds at Doran Regional Park, with all being located very near Bodega Harbor. This park, where camping rates start at $35 per night, contains hiking trails and a boat dock. 

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: No 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Hiking trails, boat dock 

Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park

This combination campground and marina offers waterfront camping spots starting at $50 a night for campers. You can enjoy views of the harbor and use their boat-launch facility. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Boat dock, two restaurants 

Westside Regional Park

This campground offers waterfront camping spots starting at $35 per night. The park features fishing piers, the only handicapped-accessible kayak launching facility in Sonoma County, and birding opportunities. 

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: No 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Hiking trails, boat dock 

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What to Do at
Fort Ross State Historic Park

Inside Fort Ross State Historic Park

Located behind stockade walls, this park offers one of the few opportunities to see a home constructed by Russian settlers when they occupied this area. Alexander Rotchev, who was the last manager of Fort Ross, lived in the home that visitors can see. Visitors can also see a reconstructed Russian Orthodox chapel, the home of the community’s first administrator, barracks, a fur warehouse, two corner blockhouses, and a Russian windmill. The Russian occupants left the park in 1848, and the land was used from then until 1972 as a ranch. Visitors can also see a ranch home and several farming implements. While no food is served at the park, visitors can enjoy a picnic at the tables in the orchard. 

Outside Fort Ross State Historic Park

There are many things to do around this park in Sonoma County, California. The park’s location makes it convenient to take a scenic drive, visit wineries, and see wildlife. Visitors can also play on the water, eat great food, and go shopping. 

Restaurants

Terrapin Creek Café Restaurant

Since 2008, Liya Lin and Andrew Truong have been delighting guests with locally grown seasonal produce and farm-grown meat at this American-style restaurant.

Type: American

Location: 1580 Eastshore Rd., Bodega Bay, California 94923

Spud Point Crab Company

Since 2004, Tony and Carol Anello have been welcoming guests to their American-style restaurant, which they created to resemble Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Type: American

Location: 1910 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA

Ginochio’s Kitchen

Owners Patty, Paul, and Alicia Ginochio serve Italian food prepared from traditional recipes. They also serve barbecue.

Type: Italian

Location: 1410 Bay Flat Road in Bodega Bay

Gourmet Au Bay

Since 1995, hungry diners have been dining on seafood and wood-fired creations at this restaurant with a deck overlooking the water.

Type: Seafood

Location: 1412 Bay Flat Rd. in Bodega Bay

Fishetarian Fish Market

This restaurant inside a fish market owned by Shane and Dana Lucas serves seafood that is often caught locally and prepared using recipes taught to Shane by his grandmother, who operated a restaurant next door to the current location for more than 20 years.

Type: Seafood

Location: 599 CA-1 in Bodega Bay

Shopping

Bodega Bay Surf Shack

Get a new surfboard or accessories at this shop that also provides surfing lessons.

Location: 1400 CA-1 in Bodega Bay

Second Wind

For more than 15 years, people have been finding unique toys and kites, along with sweet treats at this shop.

Location: 1805 N CA-1 in Bodega Bay

Candy & Kites

Since 1983, shoppers have been finding kites, garden décor, and more at this gift store that also sells sweet treats.

Location: 1415 Hwy. 1 in Bodega Bay

High Tide Books, Gifts and Games

Find books ranging from comic books to the New York Times bestsellers at this bookstore that also sells gifts and games.

Location: 2001 CA-1 in Bodega Bay

Eclectic Amanda

Find beach décor, vintage items, and more at this gift shop where the owner is a certified antique and numismatic appraiser.

Location: 1580 Eastshore Rd in Bodega Bay

Sightseeing

Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail

This walking path located just north of Dorian Park loops around two freshwater ponds where you can often see a variety of birds. The trail can be accessed at 355 CA-1 in Bodega Bay. 

Location: Bodega Bay

Children’s Bell Memorial

This 18-foot–tall memorial containing more than 140 bells can often be heard when the wind blows. The memorial is in Bodega Bay at 2255 CA-1. 

Location: Bodega Bay

Sonoma Coast State Park

This state park located approximately 4 miles north of Jenner, California, offers several beaches and large boulders. The address is 7095 CA-1 in Bodega Bay. 

Location: Bodega Bay

Mammoth Rocks

Believed to be used by extinct Ice Age megafauna for grooming, these rubbing rocks located on Sonoma Coast State Beach are often climbed. Get access to them at 7095 CA-1 in Bodega Bay. 

Location: Bodega Bay

Bodega Head Ride

This 4-mile bike path ends at Bodega Head State Park. The one-way path can be accessed from 1580 Eastshore Rd. Suite J in Bodega Bay. 

Location: Bodega Bay

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How to Get to
Fort Ross State Historic Park

To get to Fort Ross State Historic Park from Bodega Bay, take CA-1 North about 4 miles until you reach Fort Ross Road. Turn left on Fort Ross Road. The park will be on your left. 

Entering Fort Ross State Historic Park

The park is open from sunrise to sunset. The fort complex, however, is only open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Per vehicle : $8

Step back in history with a visit to Fort Ross State Historic Park. This park contains a house built when Russian residents lived in the area during the early 1800s. It also features reconstructed buildings from the same time. In addition, the park contains farm relics dating back to when Ross Ranch was located here. Since the weather can change very quickly at this state park near the coast, it is best to dress in layers. If you plan to visit Fort Ross, be sure to tag RVshare on social media. We would also love to have you share your memories and photos with us at [email protected]