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Goat Rock Beach, Jenner

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Goat Rock Beach is a sand beach in northwestern Sonoma County, California, United States.

This landform is a sub-unit of Sonoma Coast State Beach, owned and managed by the State of California. At the northern terminus of Goat Rock Beach is the mouth of the Russian River, and the southern end of this crescent shaped expanse is the massive Goat Rock, an iconic outcrop of the Sonoma Coast, which is barely attached to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.

Goat Rock Beach is frequented by beachcombing visitors, but usually not in high numbers, except in mid-summer; there is some wading and surfing activity, although these uses are moderated by the rip current generated by a steep gradient into the water that leads to an underwater trench parallel to the waterline. The beach is also a regular resting ground for a variety of gulls (including Western Gull, California Gull, and Ring Billed Gull), river otters, elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions, with the latter three species often hauling out of the Pacific Ocean. The state of California recommends that a 50-yard (46 m) distance be preserved between human visitors and the seasonal marine mammals, especially in the pupping season.
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  • I love coming to this beach to explore. It had been about 6 years since my last visit so I was surprised to see the abandoned and rusted oar car is still there with little change after all this... 
    I love coming to this beach to explore. It had been about 6 years since my last visit so I was surprised to see the abandoned and rusted oar car is still there with little change after all this...  more »
  • I am a photography instructor and this area is one of my favorite locations to shoot. It is not unusual to see seals, bald eagles and ospreys here. If you can, make the visit at low tide when there... 
    I am a photography instructor and this area is one of my favorite locations to shoot. It is not unusual to see seals, bald eagles and ospreys here. If you can, make the visit at low tide when there...  more »
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  • Absolutely wonderful place, gorgeous weather, incredible rocks and shells along the beach, creatures galore. 10/10 will go again.
  • Lovely soft sand and scenery, vibrant wildlife with seals and birds aplenty, Parking, public toilets, grassy dunes.

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