Humboldt Lagoons State Park

UPDATE (March 31, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access. The park remains open for locals who wish to walk, hike and bike (in parks with bike trails) in the park, provided they practice social/physical distancing of 6 feet or more. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.

In an effort to prevent visitation surges and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), State Parks has implemented the following safety measures to date:
  • Closed some parks, meaning all trails and restrooms within these parks are closed.
  • Closed vehicular access at remaining parks, including for off-highway vehicle riding.
  • Closed all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers.
  • Cancelled all events.

A list of closures is available online at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. The list is dynamic and updated on a regular basis.

Phone Number

(707) 677-3570

Park Hours

Day-use areas are open
sunrise to sunset year-round

Driving Directions to Humboldt Lagoons SP

The park is located 40 miles north of Eureka and 55 miles south of Crescent City, CA on Highway 101.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Boat-in/Floating Camps
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

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Virtual Programs

During this period of social distancing due to COVID19 outbreak, join California State Parks on a daily digital exploration of our northernmost state parks! Each day we will virtually gather to explore what lies behind the redwood curtain. Your friendly guide will offer an online experience from the northern corners of California, through nature walks, historic and natural resources exploration, Q&A, and more! Tune in to experience tall trees and rugged seas- all from the comfort of your home.  Programs offered every day of the week at 3pm. If you miss a program dont worry, each session will be archived and captioned for later access. To access, follow “California State Parks North Coast Redwoods'' on Facebook.

 

Big Lagoon

Humboldt Lagoons State Park lies on the sandy, windswept edge of ocean and forest. Formed by the clash of two tectonic plates, it’s part of the largest lagoon system in the United States. Ranger Maurice Morningstar calls it “a string of pearls that lets you look back in time and see a process that continues today.”

Forty miles north of Eureka, the park includes Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon, as well as Dry Lagoon, which is now a marsh, bordered by dunes, forests, prairies, and coastal scrub. With such varied habitats, wildlife thrives. On a single visit, you can see whales and elk, trout and salmon, pelicans and woodpeckers. 

Visitors can hike the California Coastal Trail and paddle, swim, and fish at the lagoons. There’s even a paddle-in and hike-in campground in the forest at Ryan’s Cove—and kayaks and paddleboards for rent at Stone Lagoon Visitor Center. In May or early June, take a short drive up Stagecoach Hill to see the blaze of color along Azalea Nature Trail.

In the early 1900s, Dry Lagoon was drained by early farmers; several types of crops were attempted but none proved economical. Several dairy ranches were established along the shores of Stone Lagoon.

Later when the highway was improved, a motel-restaurant called the "Little Red Hen" was located next to the lagoon. This business continued in operation until 1979. The restaurant building was remodeled into a museum and park office, now the Stone Lagoons Visitor Center.

Today the marshland habitat has returned to support a rich variety of marsh plants, birds, and other animals. The park offers boating, fishing, and hiking with day-use only picnic areas near the visitor center. 

Bring your own boat or rent one to enjoy exploring the lagoon. At the beach, you have access to six miles of bird watching or whale watching.

Humboldt Lagoons State Park Video

Location/ Directions

Humboldt Lagoons is located 40 miles north of Eureka and 55 miles south of Crescent City on Highway 101.

Seasons/Climate

Coastal/Temperate. Summer is foggy, cool, and damp, with temperatures averaging 50-60 degrees. Winter temperatures average 40-50 degrees with 60 annual inches of rainfall occurring mostly from November into May. Spring and fall typically have nice weather. 

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