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.
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.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a California school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Sonoma County Department of Health (707) 565-4700
Promoting and Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Every Member of the Community.
Family, Youth and Children Services of Sonoma County (707) 565-4300
The Family, Youth and Children’s Division partners with community members, families and professionals who work with youth, to ensure the safety and well-being of all Sonoma County children.
Humane Society of Sonoma County (707) 542-0882
Humane Society of Sonoma County is a locally founded, donor-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We provide a safe haven for animals and do not receive federal or state funding or financial aid from any other humane society or shelter.
California Highway Patrol (707) 588-1400
Base Operator (707) 875-3596
There is currently no on-base housing at Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay.
There is family housing nearby at Training Center Petaluma.
Training Center Petaluma Family Housing units include:
Command Quarters, Senior Personnel Housing units (E-9 and above), and Enlisted Housing units (E-1 through E-8).
A release from assignment to government housing must be obtained from your new command prior to procuring housing in the local community.
This means that if you find a place to live in the local community, you must first receive a release from the housing office to reside off base. Be aware that entitlement to BAH will not be processed without a signed release. If you have any questions, contact the housing staff at (707) 765-7145.
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In Bodega Bay, the summers are long, warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 84°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 96°F.
The warm season lasts for 4.3 months, from June 3 to October 11, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 4, with an average high of 84°F and low of 52°F. The cool season lasts for 2.6 months, from November 26 to February 13, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 37°F and high of 55°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.4 months, from October 31 to April 11, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 34% on February 20. The drier season lasts 6.6 months, from April 11 to October 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 25.
Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living in Bodega Bay, CA is 27% higher than the California average and 76% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. The cost of housing in Bodega Bay, CA is 192% higher than the national average.
Bodega Head juts into the ocean, where you can spot whales off the coast all year long, but chances are best during the primary migrations (October through February, when gray whales are southbound from Alaska to Mexico, and February through April, when they reverse course).
On weekends from January through Mother’s Day, volunteers from the Whale Watch Public Education Program are at Bodega Head to answer questions and share their knowledge of whales and migration. For more info, read Whale Watching Along the Sonoma Coast or check our listings of Whale Watching options, including charter boats.
Explore the beauty of Bodega Bay, catching sight of cruising seals and flocks of seabirds while paddling around on a stand-up paddle board or in a kayak (on your own or with a customized guided tour).
Visit Bodega Bay Kayak to get started paddling through Bodega Bay, the lower Russian River, the Estero Americano, or Salmon Creek. Beginner kayakers are welcomed and encouraged. Customized guided tours are available. Rentals include all equipment, wetsuit, life vest, and instruction before heading out.
Chanslor Stables, a working western horse ranch, offers guided horseback trail rides with breathtaking ocean views. Follow miles of trails that take you to lofty mountaintops, grassy meadows, coastal dunes, or along the beach.
Horse N Around Trail Rides is open year round, and offers a variety of trails or a chance to go riding on the beach. Choose from a 60-minute sand dunes ride that provides panoramic views of the Bodega Bay harbor and Sonoma Coastline; a 90 minute beach ride that includes the dunes and harbor views, plus riding along a long stretch of beach; and trail rides on the Hagemann Ranch Trout Farm, an incredible family-owned ranch with gorgeous views of the rolling coastal hills.
Back in Bodega Bay, the peninsula known as the Bodega Head is another famous ‘Birds’ filming location, offering incredible scenic bluff-top views. You can also celebrate Hitchcock with a bird-watching expedition at Doran Regional Park, Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail, or Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail.
Bodega Bay isn’t just a picturesque fishing port, it’s also a sensational place to indulge in seafood – crab, salmon, rockfish and more – taken right off a local boat.
Hunker down at one of the picnic tables in front of Spud Point Crab Company and bite into a fresh crab sandwich while gazing at fishing boats docked nearby. Grab a casual dinner at The Tides Wharf Restaurant & Bar, where scenes from ‘The Birds’ were filmed. Go all out with a meal at Terrapin Creek Café, which earned national acclaim for its seasonal menus using the finest, freshest ingredients in inventive pairings, in a casual, neighborly atmosphere.
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