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Swell protected Ocean Cove is blessed with plenty of kelp and abalones.
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Ocean Cove is a large private campground which has steadily improved over the years and now has hot showers, a nice fish cleaning station, and pit toilets throughout the camp. They do not take reservations for individual campsites, it is on a first come basis. The group campsites can be reserved (Gary and Janet at 1-707-847-3422). The camp is on a bluff overlooking the ocean and the cove. The sites are large and all have fire pits. The owners also operate the Ocean Cove Store which is right across the highway from the campground and Salt Point Lodge and restaurant is just a 1 minute drive away.
There are a number of beach diving sites accessible from a well marked trail which runs south from Ocean Cove to Stillwater Cove. This area has no natural protection from ocean swells, so exercise caution when making entries and exits. There is a dirt/gravel road running from the camp road down to the beach with a very nice boat ramp suitable for small boats. Adjacent to the boat ramp is a gravel beach suitable for "beaching your kayak".
Both beach and boat/kayak divers are rewarded with a rocky bottom, a healthy population of rock fish, and healthy kelp forests. The abalone population is abundant, but because of the coves' popularity, the "big ones" are usually found at depths of 25 feet or more. If you haven't been diving for a while, the inside of Ocean Cove is a very good spot for a tune up dive, and the access from the boat ramp could not be easier (many divers get limits of rock-fish and abalone within the cove).
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