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Mattole Valley is where the first oil well was drilled in California. The oil eventually dried up & what is left is a small town in a beautiful green valley, with a general store, a post office & one gas station.
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elevation: 122' population: 347 zip code: 95558


Coastal foothills surrounded by rivers & creeks

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Humboldt County
S of Eureka
off Interstate 101



  • camping
  • fishing
  • Hiking
  • Beaches
  • Rivers and Creeks
  • Punta Gorda Lighthouse
  • The Lost Coast Trail
  • Redwood Forests
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  • The Lost Coast
  • Mattole River
  • Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
  • Mattole Recreation Site
  • Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
  • petrolia campgrounds

    Humboldt Redwoods Camping
    Grizzly Creek Redwood Campgrounds
    BLM Camps - Kings Range/Lost Coast
    Mattole Campground BLM
    Honeydew Creek Campground
    Horse Mountain Campground
    Tolkan Campground
    Nadelos Campground
    Wailaki Campground
    Usal Beach Campground

    tent camping

    Small town close to beach in NorCal. Set amongst hills, creeks and rivers, Petrolia was an oil drilling region (hence the name), but now an agricultural area.

    nearby towns:
    Shelter Cove
    local links:

    Mattole Restoration Council
    Mattole Valley Historical Society
    Lost Coast Photos
    Lost Coast Outpost

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