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Cove Campground Doran Regional Park


Cove Campground, Doran Regional Park.  The park is open year round with 122 RV or tent camp spots in four unique campgrounds.  RV hookups are not available.  Camp spots are reservable through the Sonoma County web site provided here.  One group site and one Hiker/Biker site is available.  Some shaded spots are available but, most camp spots do not have shade.  The north side of the park is located on Bodaga Bay.  The south side of the park faces the beach with direct beach access.  Restaurants, fuel, and markets are all available nearby in downtown Bodega Bay.  Nearby services and an excellent beach camping location make this a fantastic place to stay.  For a good meal, Campbase recommends the La Bodequita Mexican Restaurant on the north end of town. The area has good cellular coverage.  WiFi is not available.  Campbase estimates big rigs to 41 feet can be accommodated.  Remember, 41 foot sites are limited and most camp spots are shorter.  Double wide and single wide spots are available.  Clouds and fog often cover this area, see our Campbase photos tab. 

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Lacal Recreation:

The beaches around the campground are popular with beachcombers.  Park beaches are wide with a gradual slope making them great for the family. 

Point Reyes National Seashore is just 15 miles south of the park.  The National Seashore has a lighthouse, forests, and beaches to explore.  


Sonoma Coast State Park Bodega Dunes Campground California

Sonoma Coast State Park Bodega Dunes Overview

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Sonoma Coast State Park Bodega Dunes Campground is located  along the shoreline of Bodega Harbor and has 98 single-family campsites. The sites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs (up to 31 feet). Amenities include drinking water, flush toilets, showers($) and a dump station. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grill. Hiker/biker campsites are available.

Bodega Dunes campground has 18 campsites open year round, and all of the campground is open early May to October. Our favorite Bodega Dunes campsites are: 3, 4, 9, 24, 26, 28, 39, 40, 56, 65, 75 and 90.

Sonoma State Beach features coastland with beaches, reefs, coves, tide pools, headlands, and natural arches. With more than ten miles of shore, 5,000 acres, this state beach is one of the largest in the state. The park stretches from Bodega Head to the Russian River. There is also a five-mile trail system in the dunes. The beach is home to one of California’s largest seal rookeries. In the winter, Bodega Head is one of the finest whale-watching sites on the North Coast.

Also remember that the western snow plover lives on the beach and it is an endangered species.

Wrights Beach Campground (at Sonoma Coast State Park) is another option if Bodega Dunes is full.

Make a Reservation for Sonoma Coast State Park Bodega Dunes

  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Hike/Bike Campsites
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Surf Fish
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
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With so many activities and things to explore and enjoy in Bodega Bay you’ll need several days to even begin to experience all the area has to offer. Long sandy beaches below rugged headlands, a craggy coastline with natural arches and secluded coves make Sonoma Coast State Park one of California's most scenic attractions.

If camping is your thing, you’ve got a lot of options. Many Bay campgrounds are located in the Sonoma Park System. Reviews by devotees of these state park camping grounds are enthusiastic and their experience certainly supports their decision to come back year after year. It also means that you are best served by making a reservation. Don’t suffer the disappointment of showing up to find no available campsite and make sure you check the sites pet policy! On a plus side the rangers are described as almost uniformly friendly, knowledgeable and happy to offer guidance.

I have not tried to cover all camping options here, but offer examples of what you can expect. Hopefully, this will whet your appetite to do research of your own to decide what best suits your needs. Most of the locations I focus on are right around the Bay, but I have noted another option to illustrate one advantage of going a little further afield to increase the activities within easy reach.

Three main state camping areas around Bodega Bay are:

Doran Regional Park

Doran Park has several camping areas; The Shell, Gull and Cove campground areas are bordered by Bodega Harbor on one side and the park access road on the other side. (The beach is on the other side of the road.). The Jetty campground area is bordered by Bodega Harbor on one side and the beach on the other.

Westside Park

This park is ideal for fishing, with its boat ramp, boat-rinsing station and fish-cleaning station. A large vehicle and boat parking lot is located adjacent to the launch. Picnic tables and restrooms are on-site. The park is near stores and tackle shops. Westside has individual campsites, restrooms with electrical outlets, flush toilets and coin-operated showers. There are no RV hook-ups. Dogs are permitted on leash no longer than 6' in length.

Bodega Dunes

Nearby, is the county-run Bodega Dunes campground

Hidden in the dunes behind the sand and crashing surf, Bodega Dunes Campground offers beach access and a tranquil camping option. The campground is a couple of dunes away from South Salmon Creek Beach, a picturesque setting for beach combing, kite flying, and picnics.

The campground has campsites for car/tents or RVs up to 31 feet (although no RV hookups are available), bathrooms, showers and potable water.

A short walk away, look for the Bodega Head hiking trails.

Wright’s Beach Campground

Wright's Beach Campground is situated off Highway 1, mid-way between Bodega Bay and Jenner. Campers who want to be right on the beach, like Wright's Beach Campground. At Wright’s Beach campground, you can fall asleep to the sound of the surf. A few steps away, Sonoma Coast State Beach is accessible year-round.

One reviewer of Wrights Beach states

"This is beach camping at its absolute best. There’re a thousand reasons why this is one of the most coveted campgrounds for miles . . . . The sunset and views up and down the coast were second to none. The beach was mostly empty and made for great long walks, shell hunting and morning runs."

The Kortum Trail connects Wright's Beach with other nearby beaches. Visitors enjoy exploring the coast, watching for wildlife, photography, bird watching, and even hang gliding, making it very popular.

If you’re looking to get out on the water either alone or as part of a guided group, Water Trek Eco Tours offers many opportunities to suit your needs.

If Golf is your thing head to The Links at BodegaHarbour for a round of golf.

In addition to state run campground, Bodega Bay also has private campgrounds. One example is below:

Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park

Porto Bodega Marina and RV Park is a privately-owned resort in the village of Bodega Bay, CA located on the northern coast of Sonoma County.

Porto Bodega RV Campground is a family-friendly park perfect for those who love to deep-sea fish, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, wind and kite boarding, surfing, or just relax and breath in the fresh sea air.

Porto Bodega sits at the north end of Bodega Bay on 7 beautiful bay frontage acres.


Maybe you’re looking for a little more comfort but still want to be outdoors. Try Glamping

Chanslor Ranch is located on a 400 acre Nature Preserve just north of Bodega Village. From there you can explore North Salmon Creek by kayak or join one of their guided horseback rides.

A Little Inland

If you feel like venturing a little bit from the coast other opportunities abound. For example, the Boon Hotel and Spa in Guerneville is located at the entrance to the Armstrong Redwoods, is right on some great Russian River swimming and kayaking. Boon offers some wonderful “Glamping” sites all within a 45-minute drive of Bodega Bay.

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One Boone visitor remarked:

"I stayed here for my birthday and had a wonderful experience!

We stayed in one the tents, which felt fun, but still luxurious. I loved the pool area and DIY bar, and I got a great massage in the spa.

It's the perfect homebased for exploring the quirky little town of Guerneville, but also close to hiking and wineries. And don't miss their delicious restaurant in town.

I can't recommend this place enough!"

So, there you have a brief introduction to Bodega Bay Camping! If you check it out, please share your feedback and experience with us so that we can pass it on to others.

Guest Post from Robert Acosta-Lewis


Bodega Dunes Campground

Bodega Bay is becoming one of our favorite places to camp. This was our first time staying at Bodega Dunes and we’ve decided this will be our “go-to” from now on. We love that it is close to town, but feels far away. The wind through the eucalyptus sounds like the ocean, and the foghorn is always in the background (which I LOVE). Our s... more

Bodega Bay is becoming one of our favorite places to camp. This was our first time staying at Bodega Dunes and we’ve decided this will be our “go-to” from now on. We love that it is close to town, but feels far away. The wind through the eucalyptus sounds like the ocean, and the foghorn is always in the background (which I LOVE). Our site (56) has a nice alcove in the back that is private & protected. Remember that it gets windy - some sites are more protected from the wind than others. This campground is on so I’d take a look there. Our favorite things to do are chowder at Spud Point (walking/biking distance), Carmet Beach, kite flying (both kite stores are fun). Point Reyes and The Marshall Store other favs if you’re up for a drive.
**Note that the dump station is not working again. Apparently they just had it fixed but it was a no-go for us.

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A great weekend getaway from San Francisco or South Bay for some secluded beaches, relaxing beach side camping and gorgeous sunsets, look no further than Bodega Bay camping experience. There are around 11 campgrounds in Bodega bay operated by both state parks and regional parks, there is really no shortage as long as you can plan at least a couple of months in advance for Bodega bay camping in summer.

When I first booked the campsite at Sonoma county for a weekend with the family, I had no clue what to expect and didn’t know how to spend the weekend. We just went with the flow. However, it turned out to be such a great experience that warrants repeated visits.

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Bodega Bay Camping

Bodega Bay Camping

If you are looking for beach access camping options, Bodega Bay camping will not disappoint you at all. Here are your choices.

We camped at Westside Regional Park for a night on a weekend to get away from the South bay life. By the time we reached the campground it was around 3PM and our site was on the row next to the bay with no shades. The campground has 4 rows of sites and the first two as you enter the park have tree shades for a hot summer afternoon. The last two rows along the bay side are wide open. But, even on a hot summer day, there is a beautiful breeze going on that will be so soothing.

  • Park has boat launch access
  • Beach access for kids to play. The water here is so shallow that even a two year old can stand with the water only touching his knees.
  • Flush toilets
  • Coin Shower
  • Plenty of benches to sit by the water
  • Trail to walk near the bay
  • Fire Ring
  • Disabled Access
  • RV Sites but they charge for dump station.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Electrical Outlet at the bathrooms

You can book the site online at Sonoma County Regional Park website.

For a stay in July last weekend, I booked the sites in the first week of May.

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Doran Beach Regional Park Camping

Doran Beach Regional Park is located on the narrow land of the Bodega Bay with water access at both ends of the your campsite with walking distance. It’s a really cool place to camp for several reasons that I will address in highlight section below.

Doran Beach Regional Park Camping Highlights:

  • 2 miles of sandy beach stretch
  • Walk along the shoreline through grassy dunes
  • One biker / Hiker only site for those on a long hiking or biking trip
  • Swimming is not recommended in Sonoma County bay, but people still seem to get into the water at shallow sections.

Amenities at Doran Beach Regional Park campground:

  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Equestrian trail access
  • RV sites
  • 1 Group campsite
  • Flush Toiler
  • Shower
  • Electrical Outlet at the bathrooms
  • Picnic tables and Fire rings

How to book campsites at Doran Beach Regional Park ?

You can book the site online at Sonoma County Regional Park website.

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Bodega Dunes Campground

Bodega dunes campground is part of Sonoma coast state park with access to the beach in minutes of crossing the grassy dunes. If you are not camping, the state park charges $8 to enter the Bodega Dunes beach. Because of the beach proximity, the wind will make it cold in the late evenings even in the peak summer. So, dress appropriately.

Bodega dunes Camping Highlights:

  • Camping in the beach sand with tree shades
  • Beach access

Amenities at Bodega dunes campground:

  • Flush Toilet
  • Showers
  • Picnic Table
  • Fire ring
  • Dogs on leash

How to book campsites at Bodega dunes campground ?

Book well ahead as these sites are really popular. Book at ReserveCalifornia.

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Wright’s Beach Campground

Also part of Sonoma coast state park, this small campground with only 22 sites, Wright’s beach is actually a hidden secret along Hwy 1 for camping. Reservation is highly recommended. However, if you have an RV, you can park at their overflow parking area and sleep for the night. For tent campers, you would need to camp at the appropriate camp sites.

Wright’s beach campground Highlights:

  • Beach Access
  • Most sites are almost on the beach itself

Amenities at Wright’s beach campground:

  • Flush Toilet
  • NO shower
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring
  • Dogs on leash

How to book campsites at Wright’s beach campground ?

Book well ahead as these sites are really popular. Book at ReserveCalifornia.

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Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground

This campsite is located right at the Russian river that leads to the ocean within few miles. There is a trail to Shell beach from this campground area that’s a just a 3-miles one way and it’s a beautiful hike through the river and the trees.

Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground Highlights:

  • River Access
  • First come first serve

Amenities at Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground:

  • No flush toilet
  • No Dogs allowed
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring
  • It’s a dry campsite with no running water. You can filter water from the nearby Russian river (1/4 mile) for drinking and cooking.

How to book campsites at Wright’s beach campground ?

These sites are not reservable online. They are first come first serve. No RV camping.

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Willow Creek Environmental Camp

This dry campground is another one of the first come first serve yet very primitive campsites near Russian River in the area. You can’t book these sites ahead of time.

Amenities at Willow Creek Environmental Camp :

  • No flush toilet
  • No Dogs allowed
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring
  • It’s a dry campsite with no running water. You can filter water from the nearby Russian river (1/4 mile) for drinking and cooking.

How to book campsites at Willow Creek Environmental Camp ?

These sites are not reservable online. They are first come first serve. No RV camping.

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Chanslor Ranch for Glamping

To get away from it all and not worry about pitching tent, Chanslor Ranch offers glamping options, nestled in the Bodega bay hills with amazing scenary and horses to ride around.

You can book directly at their website for some glamping experience. But, expect to pay the price for it.

Casini Ranch Family Campground

Another private campground in the Russian river that has all your tent and RV camping needs covered for a get away. Bit more expensive compared to the state and regional park campsites clearly. However, if you are left with no choice for camping in the area, Casini Ranch is certainly worth considering.

Book their sites directly in their website.

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Lawson’s Landing

A bit south of Bodega town, Lawson’s landing Marina area is another great option for camping in the area. Basically, this is a fishing and boating resort that offers tent and RV campsites. Again another private campground. Check it out at their website.

Duncans Mills Camping Club

My favorite private campground in the area as they offer complimentary kayak and canoes. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails around and also kids play area.

They also have spa and gym for the guests. It’s a full resort style experience with all the amenities yet, you can use the tent to camp outside. From a private campsite perspective, it’s a good bang for the buck.

You can book directly at their website.

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Doran Beach Campground, Bodega Bay: Bordered by the breezy Bodega Harbor, Doran Regional Park offers 120 campsites year-round and plenty of amenities to enjoy your stay on the bay. The campgrounds are equipped with potable water and restrooms with electrical outlets and coin-operated showers ($2 for five minutes). Campground reservations are required. Group campsites are closed. $35 per night from May 1 through Nov.30. Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3540. (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat)

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A group of Analy High School graduates from the late 1960's have been gathering at the Doran Beach campground for the start of the crab season for the past 20 years. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

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Wright’s Beach Campground, Bodega Bay: This sandy beach campground at the Sonoma Coast State Park offers gorgeous ocean and sunset views. There’s plenty of fun outdoor activities here, including whale and bird watching, hang gliding and hiking the Kortum Trail to other nearby beaches. $35 a night. Campsites include restrooms, picnic tables, food lockers and a fire ring. Sonoma Coast State Park, 7095 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3483.

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Camping at Wright's Beach Campground on the Sonoma Coast. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

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Laurie Bratton, right, and Lisa Holwagner pair wine with their cheese in one of the beach spots at Wright's Beach Campground on the Sonoma Coast. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

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Bodega Dunes Campground, Bodega Bay: Within walking distance of ocean beaches and the town of Bodega Bay, this year-round campground in the Bodega Harbor is a popular place for whale watching and horseback riding. The rough waters along this stretch on the coast prohibit wading and swimming. Masks required for non-vaccinated visitors in public, indoor places. $35 per night. Campsites include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, food lockers and a fire ring. Sonoma Coast State Park, 3095 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3483. 

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Ocean Cove Campground, Jenner: Just north of Fort Ross in the nook of a rocky cove is Ocean Cove Store and Campground, with 20 acres of campsites right on the Pacific Ocean. Amenities include hot showers, fire pits, picnic tables, chemical toilets and a boat ramp. With fishing, scuba diving, and nearby golf and hiking trails, this campground is a great place to either relax or enjoy summer activities. $30 a night per vehicle (cash), $35 a night per vehicle (credit card). Ocean Cove Store & Campground, 23125 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3422. (Courtesy photo)

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Gualala Point Campground, Mendocino County: The Gualala Point Regional Park’s small campground is nestled along the Gualala River in a grove redwoods. Various trails connect to the beach and coastal bluffs, and the area is a great place to go picnicking or whale-watching. Campground reservations are required. Group campsites are closed. $35 per night from May 1 through Nov. 30. Gualala Point Regional Park, 42401 Highway 1, Gualala, 707-785-2377.

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Caspar Beach, Mendocino County: In the small coastal town of Caspar lies the campground of Caspar Headlands State Beach, located in a deep, sandy cove and bustling with kite flyers, boogie boarders and fishermen. The tent sites, sheltered by near 100-foot canyon cliffs, offer showers, picnic tables and fire rings, and full hookups are available for RVs. $42 (tent walk-in) to $80 (ocean view, tents only, 6 people). 10% lodging tax on all tent and RV campsites.14441 Point Cabrillo Dr., Caspar, 707-964-3306. (Courtesy photo)

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Westport Beach RV Park and Campground, Mendocino County: Located some 17 miles north of Fort Bragg, just off Shoreline Highway 1, this 50-acre privately-owned campground offers beach-side camping in the sand, on grassy sites and along a creek. Campers can wander along the private sandy beach, wade, surf, boogie board and play frisbee, or take advantage of seasonal fishing and abalone diving. Accommodations include 75 full hook-up RV sites, 50 tent sites, and 5 group sites. Rates are $46 (beach tent, 2 people) to $67 (premium full hook-up RV). 10% lodging tax on all tent and RV campsites.37700 North Highway 1, Westport, 707-964-2964. (Courtesy photo)

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Anchor Bay, Mendocino County: This private, six-acre beach campground, stretched along a narrow gulch lined with ferns, redwoods and other native coastal plants, offers serene campsites on the beach complete with fire pits, picnic tables and water hookups. Popular beach activities here include fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing or simply bathing in the sun and watching the waves lap the shore. Reservations recommended. $42-$54 per night (one site includes a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children under 18, and one vehicle). 35400 South Highway 1, Gualala, 707-884-4222. (Shutterstock)

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Wildcat Camp, Marin County: This seaside campground is an ideal location for backpackers, as the eight open meadow campsites, located on a bluff with stunning views of the ocean, have access to several gorgeous hiking trails, including a two-mile round-trip walk to the Alamere Falls (pictured). Rates are $20/night/site for 1 to 6 people. Reserve online at or by calling 877-444-6777 or by walking into the Bear Valley Visitor during normal hours of operation. 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station.

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Kirby Cove Campground, Marin County: Located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at Battery Kirby, this 400-acre campground offers spectacular views of the iconic bridge and northern San Francisco. Visitors like to explore the area by foot or bike, picnicking and taking in the views. The historic army battery, in use from 1898-1934, is also worth checking out. The Point Bonita Lighthouse and Nike Missile Site SF-88 are close by. There are five overnight camping sites. Rates are $30-45 per night, tent only. 948 Fort Barry, Sausalito, 415-331-1540. 

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Lawson's Landing, Marin County: This family-owned and operated fishing and boating resort and campground at the mouth of Tomales Bay has been running since 1957. Since the late 50s, generations of families have come to stay here, enjoying activities like clamming, boating and hiking. The campground is open year-round. Rates are $33 to $55 per night. 137 Marine View Dr, Dillon Beach, 707-878-2443.


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Just 70 miles north of San Francisco, Bodega Bay is the gateway to California’s scenic Sonoma Coast. Rocky cliffs rise above wild seas, and whales surface in hidden inlets. From your campsite on the bay, you can hike the bluff trails or kayak through picturesque coves. All you need to do is choose one of the beautiful campgrounds and RV parks on Highway 1.

Sonoma County’s parks are a great place to start. At Doran Regional Park, there are four camping areas; get a site at Jetty for harbor and Doran Beach access. From Westside park, you can fish, paddle, and birdwatch. You won’t find hookups here, but both parks offer hot showers and dump stations.

Nearby, the county-run Bodega Dunes campground has 99 sites. A short walk away, hop on the Bodega Head hiking trails. Visiting in the winter? Bundle up and walk down to Bodega Head to watch gray whales surfacing in the waves.

Explore the trails along the bluff at Sonoma Coast State Park. At Wright’s Beach campground, you can fall asleep to the sound of the surf. A few steps away, Sonoma Coast State Beach is accessible year-round.

Near Bodega Bay, camping is possible any time of year. Be prepared for cool, misty mornings, even in the summer; afternoons are often warmer. Winters are cool and windy—pack lots of warm layers.


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