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Camping on the Noyo

Spend the night at an old mining camp in the rugged Noyo River Canyon

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Embark on the Skunk Train and spend the night in the rugged Noyo River Canyon, 17 miles east of Fort Bragg. Originally a logging camp along the famed route of the Skunk Train, Camp Noyo is a remote wilderness area that will be your new favorite campsite—and only accessible via train.

 

 

Camp Noyo

Camp Noyo was first developed as a logging camp for the Union Lumber Company in 1907. Originally called “Camp Four,” it was the fourth camp established by the lumber company as they progressed east from Fort Bragg along the current route of the California Western Railroad. In 1933, the Union Lumber Company donated the property to the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts began using the site in the summer 1934 and continue to use the property for several weeks every summer.

In 2012, Allan Hemphill, his son Brian, and a small group of family friends purchased the property from the Boy Scouts. The Hemphill family has been caretaking Camp Noyo for over 60 years.

 

Now under new ownership, Camp Noyo has been made availble to the general public on a very limited basis. This unique property has eight private campsites and one River View Chalet, flush toilet, wood-heated showers, and the use of canoes, kayaks, and row boats. The seasonal summer dam creates an estuary that allows boat access to a mile of the river upstream of the camp. The Noyo River is crystal clear and cold and has several very deep pools that are home to rainbow trout, steelhead, salmon, river otters, ducks, salamanders, and frogs. Enjoy a brisk swim or just nap under the afternoon sun and on the floating dock anchored in the middle of the river.

 

Interested parties are encouraged to book their reservation early for this truly unique opportunity.

 

 

Fees

Campsites

Rate/Overnight*

Weekly*

SUMMIT (6 camper maximum)

$125

$450

GLEN BLAIR (4 camper maximum)

$100

$375

CLARE MILL (4 camper maximum)

$100

$375

BURBECK (4 camper maximum)

$100

$375

SHAKE CITY (6 camper maximum)

$125

$450

IRMULCO (4 camper maximum)

$100

$375

NORTHSPUR (6 camper maximum)

$125

$450

ALPINE (4 camper maximum)

$100

$375

RIVER VIEW CHALET (Sleeps 4 on main level, plus 2 children in loft)

$200

$1,000

EQUIPMENT DAMAGE FEE**

$100

 

 

*Overnight camping requires a two-night minumum. Check-in days are Fridays and Saturdays April 1 to June 18 and September 8 to October 31. From June 19 to September 7, check in is available seven days a week. Pricing for the campsites includes cook kits (pots, pans, two-burner propane camp stove, and propane), and full use of camp canoes, kayaks, and row boats on a first-come, first-served basis. Each campsite will have an adequate supply of firewood. Hot indoor showers are available for those who choose to build a fire in the wood-fired hot water heater.

 

**Upon arrival you may sign out your cooking kit, canoe paddles, life jackets, and propane. To assure no charges, loaned equipment will need to be returned to the camp ranger undamaged and clean, and a camp check-out must be signed. PETS other than dogs ARE NOT ALLOWED AT CAMP NOYO.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY: If cancellation is more than two weeks from date of check -in, guest will be issued a gift certificate good for the full cost of camping. If cancellation is within two weeks, guest will be issued a certificate good for half the cost of camping. These certificates will not expire.


Camping on the Noyo Timetable

 

This list will help you with how to prioritize your time, from pre-departure on the Skunk Train, to and including your arrival back on the Skunk Train.

 


 

Day of Departure to Camp Noyo

 

Time

Event

To Do

9:15 a.m.

Arrive at Skunk Train Depot in Fort Bragg

  • Check In

  • Unload items from vehicle

  • Load items on train

9:45 a.m.

All Aboard!

 

10:00 a.m.

Departure

 

11:20 a.m.

Arrive at Camp Noyo

 

 


 

Day of Departure from Camp Noyo

Time

Event

To Do

11:20 a.m.

Train passes Camp Noyo heading to Northspur

This would be a great time to make sure that all your gear is out by the platform and that you check with the Camp Host for your EXIT document. The train will pick you up on its return from Northspur Station, which is about 12:45 p.m.

 


 

Gear List

 

Camping Gear:

 

First Aid: 

 

Clothing:

  

Toiletries

 


 

Basic Food / Food Service Items

 

Food

Bring whatever food you think you will want or need. The nearest grocery store is 16.4 miles away by train. If you’re staying multiple nights the railroad can do additional shopping for you. Grocery lists must be handed up to the passing train and in most cases those items will not be delivered until the following day.

 

Food Storage

 

Other Items

 

 

While it is not our business to tell you what to bring the above list is a suggestion.

 

Please note: You are traveling on a train and camping in the wilderness. We suggest you bring what’s needed for comfort, but please don’t bring your entire house.

 


 

The following items are not permitted on the train or at Camp Noyo:

 

 


 

The Skunk Train has no relationship with Camp Noyo and only provides marketing and reservation services.

Campsite Supplies

 

Quantity

Item

Details

1

Cook Kit

  • 8 quart pot

  • 4 quart pot and lid

  • 2 quart pot and lid

  • 10-1/2" frying pan

  • 9" frying pan

  • (2) fry pan handles

  • coffee pot and lid

  • (4) 9" plates

  • (4) 8 ounce cups

1

Pot, Large (8 Quart.)

 

1

Camp Stove (two-burner)

 

1

Mixing Bowl Set (four-piece)

White: 6 ,10,16, 22 cup

1

Plastic Dishpan (11.5 Quart)

  • (9) white

  • (9) Blue

1

Cutting Boards (plastic)

12" x 14"

1

Pitcher (plastic)

64 ounce (2 Quart)

1

Strainer

plastic

1

Measuring Cups, Liquid

2.5 cups, plastic

1

Cheese Grater

stainless steel

1

Cooking Utensil Kit

  • ladle

  • spatula

  • turning fork

  • can / bottle opener

  • grill mitt

  • hot pot tongs

  • canvas case

  • grill tongs

1

Potato Peeler

 

4

Sets of Silverware

fork, steak knife, spoon

2

Knives

8 inch cutting; 2 inch paring

1

Lantern, Gas

 

1

Flat Griddle

 

1

5 Gallon Propane Bottle

 

1

Propane Manifold

Allows for multiple items to be connected to the gas bottle.

 

Fire Wood

 

 


 

Optional Items

 

 

The Skunk Train has no relationship with Camp Noyo and only provides marketing and reservation services.

Fort Bragg Depot

Our Fort Bragg boarding location is just off Highway 1 in Fort Bragg.

 

100 W Laurel St

Fort Bragg, CA  95437

 

 

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Willits Depot

Our Willits boarding location is three blocks east of Highway 101 on Commercial Street in midtown Willits.

 

299 E Commercial St

Willits, CA  95490

 

 

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General FAQ

Why the name “Skunk Train”?

The nickname “Skunk” originated in 1925 when motorcars were introduced (today sometimes referred to as railbuses or railcruisers). These single-unit, self-propelled motorcars had gasoline-powered engines for power and a pot-bellied stove burning crude oil to keep the passengers warm. The combination of the fumes created a very pungent odor, and the old timers living along the line said these motorcars were like skunks, “You could smell them before you could see them.”

The railroad's historic name is California Western Railroad.

 


 

Do we need a reservation?

While you can travel certain times of the year without having booked in advance, we always encourage a reservation.

 


 

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we take Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. For purchases made on the train or at Northspur, we accept cash only.

 


 

Are pets allowed on the train?

Dogs are the only pets permitted on board. We do ask that you be considerate of your canine though – they simply may not like trains. Please bring whatever they need to be comfortable (food, water, dishes, a leash, etc.). Starting in 2013, there will be a charge for canine passengers.

 


 

Is the train handicap accessible?

Yes – but there are limitations, given that our railcars were built in the very early 1900s. We strive to make every guest feel comfortable and will do our very best to accommodate your visit.

 


 

Can we bring food on the train?

All of our trains have a concession on board where you can purchase snacks and beverages. All morning departures (Christmas Trains excluded) make a stop at Northspur where you can purchase lunch, so we do discourage your bringing food on the train. The food is prepared and served by a concessionaire to the railroad. In the event someone in your party has dietary restrictions then by all means bring whatever is necessary. Of course, parents traveling with babies and children requiring special food and beverage items are also allowed.

If you are riding a BBQ Dinner train, dinner is served to you upon arrival at Northspur.

 


 

Can we bring alcohol on the train?

Absolutely not. We have a wonderful selection of wine from beautiful Mendocino County – which by the way is America’s Greenest Wine Growing Region – and local beers, including our very own Skunk Beer (bottled for us by Anderson Valley Brewing Company), plus a full bar on board the train.

 


 

Do your trains leave on time?

Without question we try to maintain our schedule. If you miss a train we will issue you a gift certificate for a future ride or book you on the next available departure. We will not, however, issue a refund because you’ve missed the scheduled departure.

 


 

How should we dress?

Comfortable and casual layered clothing is suggested to keep warm in the chilly months. If you plan on riding the Open Air Observation Car then we suggest dark clothing, because sometimes lighter clothing can get soot spots on it.