|TELSTAR Charter Boat
Another Successful Catch
|Harborview Dining at
the WHARF RESTAURANT
Dining & Lodging Guide
Homestyle Cafe or Laurel Street Restaurant
|Seafood dining at Noyo River Grill, Princess Seafood, Noyo Cafe and Sea Pal||Kendall Lynn 6 Pack Charter Boat|
|Top of the Harbor
|Piaci's Pizza and Craft Beer
Downtown Fort Bragg
|Top of the Harbor
Bear's Pizza and MORE!
(formerly Vinnys) in the
Boatyard Shopping Center
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QUICK BOARDING DIRECTIONS:LIVE WEB CAMERA COURTESY of SPORTSMAN RV PARK
Driving Directions: From State Highway 1, turn onto North Harbor Drive. Go to the bottom of the hill. Straight ahead is the loading dock for AMBUSH, KRAKEN, KENDALL LYNN and MALIA KAI and the Noyo Fish Cafe with delicious clam or smoked salmon chowder and fish and chips. The Noyo Fishing Center is to your right and the closed Carine's Restaurant is on your left side, at the bottom of the hill. Take a right at the hair pin turn and watch for pedistrians, fork lifts and heavy trucks. Past Carine's and Princess Market Deli and down Harbor Drive to the north you will see signs for SEA PAL RESTAURANT, and the TELSTAR Charter Boat. Parking is in front or in the big parking lot to the east. You can board TELSTAR behind the cafe adjacent the outdoor dining area. This is a working harbor with lots of activity and the excitment of circling seagulls, wharf cats, sea lions and the anticipation of the "big catch". To board the "Hooked on Mendo" boats including the VIKING CHARTER BOAT you can load at Silver's the Wharf Dock
Those seeking to experience the open sea, whale watching or sport fishing can rest assured that one of the sport fishing boats in Fort Bragg's Noyo Harbor can accommodate them. Mendocino Coast skippers and boat owners will take you where the fish are. They can also take you to the best fishing, bird and whale watching sites. Helpful deck hands will help the novice fisherman get started. Sightseers often get close enough to get a good picture of the seasonally migrating California Grey Whales or perhaps even watch a great white shark hunt an elephant seal off the coastal islands and sea rocks. There is always fishing (weather permitting) along the Cordell Banks, one of the richest marine eco-systems on the West Coast.
Those chartering a charter boat in Noyo Harbor will assemble early from 5:30am to 6:30am for departure at 7am from the docks in the Noyo Harbor fishing village. Your Captain and crew will want to be sure everyone is prepared whether sightseeing or fishing. Everything you need to purchase is in the nearby general stores on the north and south shore of the Noyo River as well as loads of fishing tips from experts. Fishing licenses, every type of bait you can imagine - squid, anchovies, herring, night crawlers, grass shrimp, ghost shrimp, pile worms, crab bait and pink shrimp.
The happy lad to the right is Dustin Jorden, from Placerville, California who had never dined on salmon, let alone caught a wild Pacific king salmon. The day skipper Wayne Gilliland took this photo, Dustin caught a 30 lb wild king salmon from the Trek II. Dustin first exclaimed "YAY!"; then began thinking "how heavy it was" and finally reeled it in. At the time Dustin was only 11 1/2 years old and since has grown up. Father Dan Jorden and friend Austen Stephenson were real proud of Dustin, but eagerly waiting to grill up some of those delicious king salmon steaks in their hometown of Placerville. Why don't you bring your kids for such an ocean experience. The ritual is as old as time since the first fish walked up on shore and said "whats for dinner."
Lodging is in the harbor at the ANCHOR LODGE next to SILVER'S WHARF RESTAURANT and you can dine there or at next door NOYO RIVER GRILL. At the PRINCESS RESTAURANT (formerly the location of D'Jangos) there is fresh seasonal BBQ'd salmon steaks, burgers and lots of choices of craft beers as well as seasonal live entertainment and outdoor dining. On the southside of the harbor and up river is DOLPHIN ISLE MARINA where you can RV or tent camp and observe wildlife in the river and harbor. From Dolphin Isle Marina you can enjoy 1st class guided kayak tours of Noyo River and the Bay from LIQUID FUSION KAYAK RENTALS. Topside on State Highway One is the drive by A-FRAME COFFEE HOUSE, Q's BBQ, and to the south Rhoadie's Cafe in the Botanical Gardens. Next door to the Botanical Gardens is ROLLIN DOUGH BAKERY with delicious fresh baked pastries, cinamon rolls, ham & cheese Danish and hot espresso or mochas. Nearby are dog parks at NOYO HEADLANDS PARK and the FAMOUS GLASS BEACH. Conscious and loving parents are helping their children deal with NATURE DEFFICET DISORDER by balancing their overuse of technology with time spent in the great outdoors and wiring them up to MOTHER NATURE.