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Humboldt Lagoons State Park, Trinidad
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Humboldt Lagoons State Park is on the California coast on the Pacific Ocean, in Humboldt County, Northwestern California. The California state park protects three lagoons with estuaries and wetlands. It is located off U.S. Route 101 between Eureka, and the border with Oregon.GeographyBig Lagoon is the largest and southernmost lagoon. Stone Lagoon is in the middle, and Freshwater Lagoon is the northernmost and smallest.The lagoons are shallow bays between rocky headlands where coastal wave action has formed a sandy bar separating each lagoon from the ocean. The 2256acre park was established in 1931.The lagoons are resting areas for migratory waterfowl using the Pacific Flyway between Lake Earl on the Smith River estuarine wetlands 40mi to the north and Humboldt Bay on the Mad River estuarine wetlands 30mi to the south. Studies around Humboldt Bay indicate tectonic activity along the Cascadia subduction zone has caused local sea level changes at intervals of several centuries. The alluvial plain forming each shallow lagoon may support freshwater wetlands or Sitka Spruce forests following uplift events and salt marsh or inundated shellfish beds following subsidence events.
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  • My hubby and I rented kayaks from visitor center. Super friendly and helpful. We kayaked across lagoon to beach. Take water and snacks to enjoy on beach. 
  • I've wanted to kayak Stone Lagoon for years, and we did! Go EARLY in the morning when the water is still, once the wind comes up it is pretty challenging. Neat to go over to the sandbar and walk acros...  more »
  • How these Lagoons are formed and renewed is very interesting. We visited both Stone Lagoon and Dry Lagoon. Dry Lagoon has filled in with sand to become a wetland, and Stone Lagoon has a sand ridge div...  more »
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  • Another of the surreal coastal formations to be found in the area. Basically a sandbar/peninsula which creates a large bay. 101 winds from the bottom of the bay around its eastern edge, rising from sea level to high above the bay on the Northern side. If you're driving from the North, stop as soon as you see a good view. The higher up you are (the further north) the more beautiful your photos will be. You can surf here if you're brave, and I believe there are sailboat rentals.
  • Awesome place for peaceful kayak or stand up paddle (SUP) rental. Terrific wildlife- Cormoranths nesting making a lot of dinosaur noises. Blue heron. Bald Eagle. Orca Whales visible off shore after paddling an hour to the beach at the end of the lagoon.
  • Beautiful ocean and lagoon sceneries
  • On a weekday it was desolate. There is a beach and a lagoon, but not much else. Good for a quick stop, but I wouldn't make a special trip here.
  • Great spit to look for agates.beware of the waves.