Cazadero, California

Cazadero is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in western Sonoma County, California, United States with a population of 420. Nearby towns include Jenner, Annapolis, Stewart's Point, Duncans Mills, Villa Grande, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Monte Rio, and The Sea Ranch. The downtown of Cazadero consists of two churches, a general store, a post office, a hardware store, an auto repair garage, private office space, and the Cazadero Volunteer Fire Department.

Cazadero is the general area from the confluence of Austin Creek and the Russian River at the intersection of California State Route 116 and Cazadero Highway running north to the small town of the same name. The town is approximately 6 miles from Route 116. Cazadero Highway parallels Austin Creek which is a principal tributary of the lower Russian River. Austin Creek flows southward from two major forks through the town to the Russian River. Just north of the town, Cazadero Highway is joined by Fort Ross Road which is a winding, narrow road that meanders west before reaching State Route 1 on the Pacific Ocean near an old fort established by the Russians after they invaded in the 19th century. Located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, Cazadero can also be considered part of Wine Country. Flowers, Fort Ross, Hirsch and Wild Hog Wineries have Cazadero addresses and all operate in the vicinity of the town. Cazadero is approximately 10 miles (16 km) from the Pacific Ocean, the Sonoma Coast and the mouth of the Russian River.


Ingram's Station[1]
November 2009
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Cazadero is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 38°32′0″N 123°5′7″W / 38.53333°N 123.08528°WCoordinates: 38°32′0″N 123°5′7″W / 38.53333°N 123.08528°W
Country United States
State California
 • Total7.117 sq mi (18.435 km2)
 • Land7.116 sq mi (18.431 km2)
 • Water0.001 sq mi (0.004 km2)  0.02%
Elevation118 ft (36 m)
 • Total420
 • Density59/sq mi (23/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)707
FIPS code06-12146
GNIS feature ID220749


Cazadero, California (1890)
Depot in Cazadero, 1890

Cazadero was the northern terminus of the North Pacific Coast Railroad, originally laid as narrow-gauge track in the 1870s. This railhead was fed by several smaller-gauge systems dedicated to logging and networks of logging roads and trails which brought trees to Duncans Mill for processing and shipment south to San Francisco. Local legend holds that much of San Francisco was rebuilt after the disastrous April 1906 earthquake and fire using redwood and other lumber from the Cazadero area. Cazadero timbers are also known to have been used in pilings sunk to support the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (which was replaced by a new span in 2013; the old eastern span was subsequently demolished.)


Many creeks in Cazadero join Austin Creek as it makes its way to the Russian River. The principal tributary in the area is Kidd Creek which finds its source on the south east slopes of Pole Mountain which rises to approximately 2,204 feet (672 m) just a few miles from the Pacific coastline. Kidd Creek flows west to east in two main forks which join near the CazSonoma Inn before flowing into Austin Creek about 3 miles south of town. The rapid rise in elevation from the coast to mountains west of Cazadero ensures that the area receives substantial rainfall as Pacific storms come onshore in spring and winter, releasing rain from clouds saturated with ocean moisture. Cazadero receives an average of 85 in (220 cm) of rain a year, and is reputed to be the second-wettest town in California, after Gasquet.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km2), 99.98% of it land and 0.02% of it water.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cazadero has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]

Flora and fauna

Cazadero is in a forested area where there is plant life, including redwoods, oaks and bay trees. Tanoak is also common and it is the principal species suffering from sudden oak death in the area. Research has implicated bay trees as a vector for sudden oak death. Bays (which are unaffected by the pathogen) frequently grow in close proximity to oaks and redwoods in coastal California. Rarer plants in the area include the calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa), which can be found on the floors of redwood forests, fern glens and boggy areas in the area.

Common birds include Steller's jay, common raven, great egret, great blue heron, hummingbird, pileated and acorn woodpecker. Northern flickers are also found in the area. Mammals include the mountain lion, coyote, deer, bobcat, wild boar, skunk, opossum, raccoon and fox. River otters are found in creeks and the Russian River. Anadromous fish such as coho salmon and steelhead are found in local streams but are threatened by overfishing and habitat destruction caused by logging practices. The area is also home to frog and toad species, owing to the wet landscape and the presence of numerous seasonal vernal pools. Creeks in the area have crawfish, newts and rarer freshwater shrimp.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Cazadero had a population of 354. The population density was 49.7 people per square mile (19.2/km2). The racial makeup of Cazadero was 318 (89.8%) White, 1 (0.3%) African American, 7 (2.0%) Native American, 5 (1.4%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 5 (1.4%) from other races, and 18 (5.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23 persons (6.5%).

The Census reported that 100% of the population lived in households.

There were 164 households, out of which 37 (22.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 71 (43.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 12 (7.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 6 (3.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 18 (11.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 5 (3.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 49 households (29.9%) were made up of individuals and 15 (9.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16. There were 89 families (54.3% of all households); the average family size was 2.75.

The population was spread out with 60 people (16.9%) under the age of 18, 20 people (5.6%) aged 18 to 24, 83 people (23.4%) aged 25 to 44, 142 people (40.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 49 people (13.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 122.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.8 males.

There were 335 housing units, at an average density of 47.1 per square mile (18.2/km2), of which 65.9% were owner-occupied and 34.1% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.2%. 67.8% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 32.2% lived in rental housing units.

Parks and recreation

The area is home to a number of camps, including BSA Camp Royaneh, Camp Cazadero, and the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp.


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cazadero
  2. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-01-25 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Freedman, Wayne (2006-04-05). "Rainiest Town In The Bay Area Up For Sale". KGO-TV News. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Cazadero, California
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Cazadero CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
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