HUMBOLDT COUNTY CALIFORNIA’S REDWOOD COAST

Humboldt Lagoons

Hike, Fish, Windsurf, Sail or Paddle

The Humboldt Lagoons - Big Lagoon, Dry Lagoon, Stone Lagoon and Freshwater Lagoon, are unique ecosystems that provide unlimited outdoor recreation with miles of beach access.

Big Lagoon is an especially family friendly water playground. On warm sunny days you will see families and friends frolicking in the water along the sandy shoreline that separates the Big Lagoon from the ocean. Big Lagoon is also a favorite for small sailboats and kayaks of all sizes, year-round.  Managed by the County, Big Lagoon also has a campground available year round, first come, first serve basis.  For more info call:  707-445-7651


Both Big and Stone Lagoon have boat ramp access. No worries if you forgot to bring the boat, you can rent a kayak at Stone Lagoon from Kayak Zak's.  Every rental comes with a mini-lesson!   

Stone Lagoon's shores border Hwy 101. The lagoon from the outlook at Kayak Zak's visitor's center as the early morning fog wisps away, looks like a bucolic lake surrounded by mountains with only a thin strip of sand separating it from the Pacific Ocean. This is another great spot for fishing and kayaking with boat access next to the visitor center adjacent to Hwy 101. The northern entrance has parking and beach access.
Boat-in camping at Stone Lagoon: Obtain permit at Patrick's Point State Park - $20 per night.  For more info call 707.677.3570.

Dry Lagoon as its name implies, has no water, but is a great place to spend the day hiking the beach and camping, with access to a three mile coastal trail that will lead to the Stone Lagoon's environmental campsites.

Camping is available at  The Big Lagoon campground, has bathrooms and water with spaces for small trailers & campers.

Freshwater Lagoon, the northernmost lagoon is set off on the opposite side of Hwy 101 and offers some shelter from onshore winds. Laced with grasses and fronds, this lagoon is a favorite spot for fishing.

Day use picnic areas at all four lagoons - sunrise to sunset year-round.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
Coastal/temperate. Summer 50-60 with coastal fog common. Winter 40-50 with 60" annual rainfall occurring mostly Nov.-April. Spring & fall are typically very nice. Summer is foggy and cool. Bring warm/layered clothing.
 
Directions: 40 miles north of Eureka and 55 miles south of Crescent City, CA on Hwy 101.
Latitude/Longitude: 41.1900 / -124.1206

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Humboldt Lagoons
Between Trinidad & Orick
Trinidad, CA

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QUICK FACTS

  • Fishing is fun on the lagoons. Big, Stone and Freshwater Lagoons all have boat access.