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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  • Lots of cool wildlife and views here. Watch out for ocean tho. Never tuen your back
  • Be sure to visit the Azelea Preserve off 101, Kane Rd, to Stagecoach. Blooms coming soon through summer.
  • This was a quick lunch stop on our way south along the 101. Nice place to get out and stretch the legs. Picnic tables in the sand was a nice plus. We had a nice walk along the beach after lunch. The bathrooms were scary, but not unexpectedly so.
  • This was my favorite area of Humboldt County when I used to live in Trinidad, mostly because it was only a few minutes away from my home. Big Lagoon is picturesque, especially where Maple Creek enters at the marshy end (the bridge). A little over half a mile up Redwood Highway, there is a small turnout on the west side of the road with a locked gate. Beyond the gate is a fair area for fishing, a beautiful small field of violet irises and, where Tom Creek enters the lagoon, a sandy area where you can dig for freshwater clams (the limit is 50, so chow down!). Every year the lagoon opens to the ocean and you get a wonderful selection of fresh and saltwater fish in the brackish waters, including sturgeon. Stone Lagoon is even prettier, though less accessible: there is only one road leading down to the lagoon. This one only occasionally opens to the sea, so the water is much fresher and you can catch trout and bass here. My best haul was a 5 lb. steelhead trout caught on 2 lb. test with an Ugly Stick. Now that was fun! My most often visited lagoon was Freshwater Lagoon, which, obviously, never opens to the sea and lives up to its name. If you have a boat, you might catch a smallmouth bass, but they're pretty impossible to catch from the shore. Most people fish from the boat ramp, where they release the farm-raised rainbows--and it's also where those fish taste the worst because they haven't had time to acclimate to wild waters. I'm going to give up my secret fishing spot because I probably will never get to fish there again: As you come down the hill from Stone Lagoon (heading north), you'll see the lagoon to your right and the ocean to your left. Park on the right side after the Freshwater Lagoon sign, near the No Overnight Camping sign. Take your gear (including a folding chair) down the hill and you'll see an area about 20 feet long of hard-packed dirt. That's where you set up. Use red Powerbait on a 10 gold hook with about a 2 foot leader, cast and wait. I caught 2 lb. rainbows doing this every single time--but beware: the ospreys living there may steal your fish! And because this is half a mile from where the fish are stocked, these have acclimated and are delicious. Now remember, it's a secret, so don't tell anyone!
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