Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Bodega Head
Bodega Bay, Sonoma County California


Bodega Head is a block of granite cut off from the mainland by the San Andreas Fault. The rift zone is submerged in the bay or covered by the dunes. Most of the headland and dunes are protected in state parks.

Despite its proximity to the fault, in 1958 Bodega Head was chosen as the site for the first commercial nuclear power plant in the country. A huge square excavation, the "hole in the head", was made before work was halted because of concerns about safety. Eventually it was established that there was an active fault through the reactor site (which PG&E was trying to hide) and in 1964 the project was abruptly cancelled.



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Public fishing pier at the Spud Point marina

(June 26, 2011)


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A popular though dangerous pocket beach in the west side of Bodega Head

(June 26, 2011)


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West-facing ciffs and a pocket beach on Bodega Head

(June 26, 2011)


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Viewpoint and interpretive sign for the "hole in the head" reactor site

(June 26, 2011)


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View of the Bodega Bay harbor entrance jetties from the top of Bodega Head

(June 26, 2011)


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