US Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay
355 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
US Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay is located approximately 64 miles north of San Francisco. Bodega Bay is located in Sonoma County, part of the rich wine producing area of Northern California.
Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay was commissioned on July 5, 1963. This station was formerly located at Point Reyes, California and formerly known as US Life Saving Service Station #313. Built in 1889, approximately 2 3/8 miles east of the Point Reyes Lighthouse, the station was turned over to the US General Services Administration in 1969.
It is currently one of 20 designated surf stations. Station Bodega Bay has won many awards – including a Meritorious Unit Commendation in August 2007 and the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award in January 2003, January 2005 and May 2008.
The mission of Station Bodega Bay includes Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement and Pollution Response. This station averages approximately 125 Search and Rescue cases per year while averaging 80 Law Enforcement boardings per year.
The USCGC SOCKEYE is home ported in Bodega Bay, CA. The Coast Guard Cutter SOCKEYE was built in September 2001 in Lockport, LA to replace the aging 82’ Pt. Chico. The Marine Protector Class WPBs feature a stern launched Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) used to assist in the cutter’s various missions. The RHIB is a 17’ Zodiac Hurricane ® with a Hamilton jet drive. The stern launch system allows for quick launch and recovery of the RHIB, as well as improved crew safety.
Collocated with Station Bodega Bay in Bodega Bay, California, the SOCKEYE’s area of responsibility stretches from Mendocino County to the north, to Pt. Sur to the south, out to 200 nautical miles (NM) offshore. This expansive area includes the busy San Francisco Bay and Port of Oakland. The SOCKEYE is an 87’Coastal Patrol Boat providing multi-mission capability. Our missions include Search and Rescue (SAR), Law Enforcement (LE), Environmental Protection, and Homeland Security. USCGC SOCKEYE is part of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, District 11.
Arriving at US Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay
To the south – along Highway 1 – you will find Point Reyes and the Point Reyes National Park. The area of the Pacific Ocean stretching from Point Reyes south to Point Bonita, west to the Farallon Islands makes up the Farallon National Marine Sanctuary. To the north, you will find Mendocino County and the Redwood National Forest. A short drive up Highway 101 will take you to the Avenue of the Giants – home of some of the largest Redwood trees.
The closest major airport to Bodega Bay, California is Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS / KSTS). This airport is in Santa Rosa, California and is 27 miles from the center of Bodega Bay, CA. If you’re looking for domestic flights to STS, check the airlines that fly to STS.