Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area

UPDATE (May 21, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Harry A. Merlo SRA:

What is open now?

  • Day Use Vehicular Access.
  • Very limited parking is now available to the public.
  • Trails.
  • Beaches.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

Statewide:
  • Campgrounds.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(707) 677-3570

Park Hours

Call Patrick's Pt. SP

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Except for service animals, dogs not allowed on trails.

Driving Directions to Harry A. Merlo SRA

Harry A. Merlo SRA is situated along the south and east shores of Big Lagoon, between Patricks Point SP to the south and Humboldt Lagoons SP to the north, in Humboldt County. From the town of Trinidad, drive north about 7 miles on Hwy 101 then turn left at Big Lagoon Rd and follow the signs. Parking and beach access is located within Big Lagoon County Park.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Fishing
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching

Photo:  View of the lagoon and surrounding area at Harry A. Merlo SRAAdjacent to Humboldt Lagoons State Park, this area is a popular place for visitors who like to fish. The use of small boats is allowed. The boat speed limit is 5 mph.

Location/ Directions
The park is 32 miles north of Eureka on U.S. 101.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

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