USCG Station Noyo River
19325 S. Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg, CA 95437
In Fort Bragg, the summers are comfortable, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 72°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 77°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 18 to October 6, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 72°F and low of 52°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.6 months, from November 21 to February 7, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 42°F and high of 55°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.8 months, from October 25 to April 20, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on January 10.
The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from April 20 to October 25. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on August 3.
Cost of Living
The cost of living index in Fort Bragg, CA is 132 – that puts it 5% lower than the average of California and 32% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Fort Bragg, CA, the price of goods and services are 17% higher than the average of California as well as 29% higher than the nation’s average.
Getting to Know the Area
Fort Bragg is a coastal city on California’s famed Mendocino Coast. The city is as a popular Northern California getaway for its picturesque Pacific Ocean beaches, many of which are uniquely littered with eroded glass due to the city’s ocean dumping practices in the early 20th century.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are a 47-acre botanical garden facility located in Fort Bragg near California Highway One. The gardens were originally founded in 1961 and maintained as a private property until 1982 – when 12 acres were donated to the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District. The remaining 35 acres of the facility were acquired in 1991 and developed under a master plan according to the California Coastal Conservancy. Today, it is home to significant collections of native and exotic coastal Mediterranean plants, including camellias, fuschias, magnolias, begonias, rhododendrons, and maple and conifer trees. Canyon, wetland, forest, and coastal bluff areas are preserved within the gardens, along with a historic 19th-century home, cemetery, and orchard facility. Public special events at the gardens include an annual Art in the Gardens festival in August and a holiday Festival of Lights.
Fort Bragg Coastal Trail is a 4.5-mile-long paved trail that was constructed by the City of Fort Bragg as part of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail and Restoration Project. The first phase of the trail opened to the public in January of 2015 and meanders through 82 acres of the city’s former Georgia-Pacific Mill site and other industrial lands – stretching along more than a mile of coastal bluff drainage area that has recently been restored to its natural state. 14 interpretive signs detail facts about the region’s natural and economic history, and two welcome plazas welcome trail users at the trail’s Glass Beach trailhead.
MacKerricher State Park is a California State Park that is located near the city of Fort Bragg in Mendocino County. It spans along nine miles of coastline, encompassing areas of wetland, forest, headland, dune, and beach habitats. On the park’s northern end, Inglenook Fen Ten Mile Dunes Preserve protects a sensitive dune ecosystem, while the Ten Mile River marks the park’s northernmost boundary. At its southern end, the park is home to the famed Glass Beach, which is known for its sand-polished glass fields created from garbage deposits in the mid-20th century. Fishing is offered at the 30-acre Lake Clone, a manmade reservoir created by the damming of a former brackish marsh. Other popular outdoor activities include hiking, biking, and horseback riding, with facilities available for overnight camping. Ranger-led programming includes excursions for coastal whale watching.