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Ferndale is located in a flat valley bordered by the Eel River on the north, the ocean on the southwest and the mountains in the east.
  • Latitude: 41 degrees, 34' North
  • Longitude: 124 degrees, 15' West
  • Elevation: 50 feet; topographical map of Ferndale
  • Area Size: 1 square mile within the city limits
  • Settled: 1852
  • Incorporated: 1893
  • Population: 1,390 (2000 census)

Government: 1 elected mayor, four at-large councilpersons, all volunteers. City Council meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each month at City Hall, 834 Main Street. Volunteer Planning Commissioners are appointed to 4-year terms. Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at City Hall, 7 p.m.

Staff: City manager, police chief and four officers, city clerk, deputy city clerk, 2 public works personnel. City Hall: 786-4224.

Design Review: Structures along many of the main streets are subject to design review to remain in keeping with the City's designation as a State Historic Landmark. Check with City Hall for design review areas.

Licenses: Business licenses, $60-80/year. Dog licenses, $10/year for spayed/neutered dogs; others are $25/year. Proof of rabies vaccination required. CalGOLD: Business permits made simple.

Animal Care: Ferndale Veterinary. Sparky's Pet Sitting

Banks/ATMs: North Valley Bank, US Bank.

Chamber: The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers respond to an average of 3,600 inquiries annually at PO Box 325, Ferndale, CA 95536-0325. Phone: 707-786-4477, www.victorianferndale.com. No drop-in location.

Churches: Assumption Church (Roman Catholic), Ferndale Community Church (Independent), Living Waters Foursquare Church, Our Savior's Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Mark's Lutheran Church (LCMS), St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Climate: Mild and moist, highs to 78, lows to mid-30s. Average rainfall, 41 inches annually.

Employment / Industries / Sources of Income: Dairy farming, cattle ranching, service industries, tourism, lumber and wood products, sheep ranching, potato farming. Economics of the area (statistical reporting and analysis of economic factors for Humboldt County, CA).

Fire Protection: Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, since 1897.

Tesla High Power Charging Station on the premises of the Victorian Inn, 400 Ocean Ave., Ferndale. Fuel/Gasoline: Tipple Motors, 524 Main St. When Tipples is closed, buy a prepaid Renner gas card at Valley Grocery for use in the card lock at Fernbridge (or any other Renner station). Tesla High Power Charging Station on the premises of the Victorian Inn, 400 Ocean Ave., Ferndale. Propane (no natural gas in Ferndale): Sequoia Gas, 707-725-4465; Redwood Coast Fuels, 707-442-5823

Health Care: The nearest hospitals are Redwood Memorial, Fortuna, and St. Joseph's Hospital, Eureka. Ferndale Community Health Center has a Main Street clinic and is affiliated with Open Door. Larry Denning, D.D.S., operates a dental office in Ferndale. Complementary care is available from local massage practitioner, Heart & Soul. Ferndale LibraryThere is also a countywide network of clinics, including Six Rivers Planned Parenthood. Senior Resource Center (Adult Day Care Center) of Eureka and Fortuna sponsors free meetings at St. Mark's Fellowship Hall for caregivers and anyone who has a loved one enduring Alzheimer's, dementia or other related brain diseases. 4 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

Library: Ferndale Library, 807 Main. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 12-5 p.m.; Friday 12-4 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 7-9 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Computer available for free, 1-hour internet access.


Meeting Halls: Danish Hall, Firemen's Pavilion, Masonic Hall, Portuguese Hall, Veterans Memorial Hall, Humboldt County Fairgrounds (Belotti Hall, Art Building/Red Barn, Turf Room).

Museum: Ferndale Museum, 515 Shaw. Historical settings and equipment, open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11-4; Sundays, 1-4; plus Tuesdays in summer.

Newspapers: The Ferndale Enterprise, 707-786-3068; The Times-Standard (Eureka), 707-442-1711.

aParks: Russ Park, 110-acre bird sanctuary wilderness forest park, open dawn to dusk; Firemen's Park, picnic grounds, bocce courts, ball fields, play area, restrooms, open until dusk. Centerville Beach is 5 miles west of Main Street on Ocean Avenue/Centerville Road.

Post Office / U.S. Mail: A PO Box is required to receive mail in Ferndale proper. There is mail delivery only on the rural route. Stop in during business hours at 536 Main, between Shaw and Washington Sts., or sign up for a 95536 PO Box online. 707-786-4642

Real Estate: Landmark Real Estate, 707-786-9300.

Recycling: Eel River Resource Recovery offers recyclables and green waste curbside pickup service for Ferndale residents.

Schools/Education: Ferndale Elementary, grades K-8, 707-786-5300; Ferndale High School, grades 9-12, 707-786-5900. Preschool: Ferndale Children's Center, 100 Berding St. 707-786-4386.

Telephone: Frontier, a Citizens Communications Company, 800-921-8101. Cable: Suddenlink.

Theatre: Ferndale Repertory Theatre, 447 Main. Community theater producing year-round with performances Friday and Saturday evenings, matinees on selected Sundays.

Utilities: Water: Del Oro Water Co., Drawer 5172, Chico, CA 95927, Ferndale direct line 530-809-3988, general (all district) number 877-335-6764; Electricity: PG&E, 800-743-5000; Propane (no natural gas in Ferndale): Sequoia Gas, 707-725-4465; Redwood Coast Fuels, 442-5823; Amerigas; Garbage/Recycling: Eel River Disposal & Resource Recovery, Inc., 707-725-5156; Telephone: Frontier, 800-921-8101; Cable: Suddenlink. Gasoline/Fuel: Tipple Motors, 524 Main St. When Tipples is closed, buy a prepaid Renner gas card at Valley Grocery for use in the card lock at Fernbridge (or any other Renner station).

More Ferndale Facts have been collected and posted online at city-data.com

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send e-mailFor more information, call the
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce: (707) 786-4477

More Ferndale Fun:

Click for Ferndale, California Forecast
Ferndale pressed pennies Photo courtesy of Tom Renner
Building "The Majestic"
Recognition for Ferndale:

Dozen DestincNational Trust for Historic Preservation

Prettiest Painted Place in America award

Best of the North Coast Reader's Choice Award
Centerville Beach named Best
Beach on the North Coast!

Ferndale is listed in many guidebooks, including Weekend Adventures in
San Francisco & Northern California

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