Loleta has one of the most scenic vistas of the lower Eel River Valley. You can view dairy farms, livestock ranches, and the Pacific Ocean.
It is also home to the renowned Loleta Cheese Factory and former Bank of Loleta building (358 Main Street), which was added to the California Historic Buildings list in 1985.
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge offering hiking, bird watching, and other recreational activities.
Eel River Wildlife Area
An old Humboldt County Great Register for 1888 indicates Samuel Swauger, a 59-year-old native of Pennsylvania, ranched on what is now Loleta and registered to vote the previous year. It was the Eel River and Eureka Railroad that built Swauger's Station, now Loleta, in 1886. In 1898 a new and larger depot was constructed and the name Loleta appeared on the new station.
In February of 1897, the name of the town was changed to Loleta. The origin of its name is credited to the Wiyot Indians of the valley and was said to mean `pleasant place.' Actually it was three Indian words, `Lo-le-tah,' meaning, `pleasant place at the end of the water.' Loleta is just that; a pleasant place at the end of Hawk's Slough which no longer extends so far inland.'
Loleta Antique Show the second weekend in October
For information call the Loleta Community Chamber at 707-498-0450