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 A campsite located under a massive wooden bridge. Photo: Alamy.com

Take a trip to the Albion bridge in Northern California for a variety of saltwater trophies

The Albion Bridge is the last wooden bridge on Highway 1 in northern California. Built of scrap wood and steel during the height of World War II shortages, the 900-foot-long bridge crosses 150 feet over the Albion River. Today, the site is home to the Albion River Campground. Tucked between sheer cliffs at the edge of the river, the campground is a perfect place to launch for a protected paddle into the open Pacific. Target salmon, groundfish and Dungeness crabs while bobbing in huge ocean swells under a ceiling of thick fog. The water is 50 degrees nearly year round, but fishing is limited to strict seasons. Albion River Campground has hundreds of sites, a full-service campstore, restaurant and hundreds of like-minded campers drawn to the dramatic beauty and awesome fishing. 

Discover the trip of a lifetime with the Rapid Media Paddling Trip Guide

CAMPER: Annie Nagel, Ocean Kayak pro.

ACCOMMODATIONS: 

MILD 1 2 3 4 5 WILD

Tent, RV, hammock—choose your pleasure. 

ACCESSIBILITY: 

CAR CAMPING 1 2 3 4 5 EVEREST BASECAMP 

Drive up and camp. 

POPULARITY: 

TOURIST MECCA 1 2 3 4 5 TOTAL ISOLATION

Long way from anywhere, near the fishing. 

TARGET: Lingcod, rockfish, cabezon, greenling and salmon, Dungeness crab. 

TACKLE BOX: Seven-foot medium Penn Fierce 4000 spinning combo with 50-pound braid with 30-pound monofilament leader. Mooching rig with herring or anchovies for salmon. Four to eight-ounce jigs for bottomfish. Crab trap and fish scraps for Dungeness crab. 

METHOD: Mooching for salmon. Deep jigging for bottomfish. During Dungeness crab season, find sandy bottom and soak crab traps while you fish. 

LAUNCH: Two launch ramps in the campsite. 

CAMPING KIT: Comfort camping. Sites have electric outlet and water. Bring air mattress and crockpot. Fire pits need grate for cooking. 

DON’T LEAVE HOME: Rig an old rod and reel combo with a Seaqualizer pressure-activated decompression tool to safely release rockfish. 

MUST SEE: Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. Sea caves at Van Damme State Park

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