The largest private campground on the California coast could be forced to close one-third of its campsites after a report found its size is putting too much pressure on the nearby sand dunes and marsh environment.
According to The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, an environmental report ordered by Marin County also found that many facilities at the 180-acre Lawson’s Landing are not up to health and safety codes.
On peak days, the area draws 4,000 people to its 1,000 primitive campsites, 223 recreational vehicle sites and 200 day-use sites.
Owners Nancy and Bill Vogler said they can’t afford to upgrade the camp’s aging restrooms, boat launch and other facilities if they are also forced to reduce available campsites.
“It is so expensive to put in a sewer system and not have enough people coming in to pay for it,” said Nancy Vogler.
Environmental groups are pushing for even further restrictions on the site, arguing that the report understates the damage caused by the campground to the largest sand dune and wetland complex north of San Luis Obispo, as well as to the habitat of the 16 state- and federally listed species that live there.
Planning officials will vote in October on whether to approve or revise the report.
The camp resort at Dillon Beach has been owned and operated by the Vogler family since the 1920s.