About the King Range National Conservation Area

Stewarded by Lost Coast Interpretive Association, Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Salmon Group

The King Range National Conservation Area covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Here the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1and U.S. 101 inland.  The remote region is known as California’s Lost Coast. The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape. The Douglas-fir peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, backpackers, anglers, and beachcombers. Congress once again recognized the uniqueness of the King Range NCA by officially designating 42,585 acres as wilderness under the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act on October 17, 2006.

From the blog

  • 05.28.14

    Recreation and Conservation Can Go Hand-In-Hand On The National Conservation Lands

    As we near the end of May–National Bike Month if you didn’t know–it seems like a good time to talk about bikes and the National Conservation Lands. The National Conservation Lands are the premier protected lands and waterways managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Rules for bicycle access on these special lands … read more

  • 10.28.13

    California Friends Assess Implementation of 5-Year Strategic Plan for National Conservation Lands

    At the 2013 Friends Rendezvous, organizations from across the West gathered at the annual conference of friends groups that work on protecting the National Conservation Lands. Representatives from a dozen organizations in California were well represented and met to discuss the first year of the implementation of the important policy document. … read more

  • 07.16.13

    Planning for the future

    The King Range National Conservation Area in northern California is a little-known gem within the National Conservation Lands that boasts the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the Lower 48. With some of the most wild and inaccessible lands in the country, birders, rockhounds, hikers, hunters, fisherman and surfers consider … read more