Mendocino Edible Wild Mushroom Tour
Too much rain can literally dampen a lot of outdoor fun, but it does have one major side benefit: mushrooms sprouting everywhere! Here in Mendocino, where most of us like to cook and eat almost as much as we like to play outdoors, hunting edible wild mushrooms is one of our favorite excuses for getting outdoors and having fun.
On this tour, you will head out to our lush woods with our expert guide to our favorite “shrooming” spots, where you will learn to discern some relatively easily identifiable edible mushrooms and some notoriously dangerous ones, habitat identification and seasonal preferences to find certain species. Both fun and educational, this tour is geared to give you an introductory course in finding your way around the mushroom world.
• Pick-Up times are 10:00 am at these locations*
• Return time is approximately 12:30
• Price: $80.00 /Kids $40.00
Minimum 4 adults
• Offered every day (October-March)
What you need to know:
Picking wild mushrooms is restricted on many public lands, but some areas do allow gathering for personal use. Rules and regulations can and do change, so before loading up your basket, please make sure to check the latest policies regarding mushroom gathering on public lands.
Sonoma County Parks
Picking mushrooms is not allowed in any of the regional, city, or town parks in Sonoma County. Just don’t do it.
California State Parks
There is currently only one California state park in our area that allows mushroom collecting for personal use: Salt Point State Park (Sonoma County)
In Salt Point State Park, there is a bag limit of three pounds of mushrooms per person per day, and commercial picking of any kind is not allowed. Fines are steep for infringements—up to $300—so try to avoid the temptation to sneak an extra one in your pocket!
National Forests (USFS)
Collecting mushrooms for personal/non-commercial use in National Forests is usually allowed with a free permit. You can pick up the permit at the headquarters of the National Forest you’re visiting. Restrictions vary among the individual National Forests, so make sure to find out the specifics when picking up your permit.
National Parks (NPS)
The only National Park nearby is Point Reyes National Seahore. All objects (plants and animals (or parts of them such as flowers, seashells, or antlers), historic artifacts, minerals, etc.) within the National Seashore are protected and may not be collected. However, certain products are available for personal (non-commercial) use only in limited quantities. These are:
- Blackberries, Raspberries, Thimbleberries, Gooseberries, Salmonberries, Huckleberries, or apples – 2 quarts per person per day
- Mushrooms – 2 gallons plus 1 mushroom per adult per day. The only exception is during the special MycoBlitz foray.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Collecting mushrooms is allowed in many recreation areas managed by BLM, but the rules, restrictions, and permit requirements vary depending on the area. Contact the appropriate field office for specific info.
It’s never okay to pick mushrooms on private land without permission—always ask first.