Overview of Fort Ross Reef Campground

Fort Ross Reef Campground

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This site is interesting because the underwater structures further out in the cove house a wide variety of marine life. Definitely a two tank dive spot, so bring a picnic lunch with you!

Directions: Take Highway 116 off 101 to the town Jenner. Head North for about 12 miles (2 miles South of the Historic Park).


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04/18/2011 Diver Dave (Avg: 2.64 Review) - I used to dive here from 1970 to 2000. It is closed most of the time now. A long walk from the road. Between the poachers and city people leaving there garbage, this place is not as good as it used to be. Few abs and fewer fish. If you like kelp, cold water and rocks this is a great place to dive. No cell phone service to call 911. Good luck.

08/22/2006 Asa Pritchard (Avg: 3.87 Review) - I have been diving here for almost 18 years and I absolutely love it. However the catch is not the same. Over the years this has become a favorite place for poachers to over pick their limits and rock pick on the low tides. But it's still a place that I enjoy very much.

07/14/2004 Diver Chick (Avg: 3.40 Review) - This is one of the best sites I have ever been to! I was pleased with the campsite and the diving. I would gladely go again. The visibility wasn't the greatest, but hey, I had a good time!!!

08/25/2003 Josh Tiumalu (Avg: 2.59 Review) - I have dove here for almost 10 years, and over the past few years it gets worse and worse. This used to be a great place to dive, but is now extremely over-picked and over-hunted by poachers. Its sad to see it like this here, and I have recently decided to not dive here anymore because it is just no longer worth it.

05/14/2003 Mark in Windsor (Avg: 2.17 Review) - From the surface the cove it looks real nice, but jump in the water and it's a whole different story.


Site Photos

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Entrance at Fort Ross Reef Campground 

You can't miss it!


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Parking at Fort Ross Reef Campground 

Wind your way around to the North part of the cove, and park in the turn-around area. If you are camping, you may be able to get the camp site just behind the photographer.




Overview at Fort Ross Reef Campground 

Looking from the North part of the cove, the more interesting diving is to the South around the rocks.


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Entry at Fort Ross Reef Campground 

The entry is not as bad as it looks. Take your time, and hold your buddy's hand while entering and exiting.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Fort Ross Reef Campground  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.00
Bottom Conditions:  2.60
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  2.60
Plant Life:  3.60
Facilities:  3.20
Solitude 2.80
Roads:  2.80
*Site Average:  2.93

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.60
Beginner Scuba:  2.20
Intermediate Scuba:  3.20
Advanced Scuba:  3.40
Night diving Scuba:  2.40

Number of reviews for this site: 5


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