Contact Number

  • (707) 488-2700

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Day-use areas are open
    sunrise to sunset year-round
    Visitor Center open
    Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm

Park Activities

Yes
Except for service animals, dogs not allowed in campsites, on trails, or in dune areas.
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Environmental Campsites
Boat-in/Floating Camps
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Boating
Boat Ramps

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

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

Welcome to Humboldt Lagoons State Park

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Humboldt Lagoons State Park is located on the land of the Ner'-er-herh/Coastal Yurok People. The name of this place is Chah-pekw Hee-koh. The 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.

 

Park Information

Park Adventures

Land Acknowledgement

Camping

Volunteer

School Resources

 

Partners

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Phone - (707) 488-2700

Email  StoneLagoonVisitorCenter@yuroktribe.nsn.us

Chah-pekw O' Ket'-toh Visitor Center

15336 Highway 101
Trinidad, CA 95570