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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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  • We needed to get a room as soon as possible because it was getting dark and all the motels had no vacancies. Our 4G wasn’t working and so we stopped here at the Humboldt Lagoons State Park and miracul...  more »
  • Nice little bench overlooking "waiting-woman rock" Good place to watch the sunset. Nice place to have a picnic.  more »
  • Humboldt Lagoons State Park includes Freshwater Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Big Lagoon. It also includes Dry Lagoon which is just marshland today. The lagoons are beautiful and a peaceful place to enjoy...  more »
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  • Beautiful area. Worth the stop. Walk, stretch your legs. Take a break from driving for a few minutes.
  • Awesome place to visit, with a lot of beach to explore. Dogs should be kept on leash. There are grills provided for cooking near the parking lot.
  • 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.
  • We passed this place upon a bicycle tour in 2007. We have been impressed!
  • It is simply beautiful! There were elk hooves prints in the sand.

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