- In the early 1900's Dry Lagoon was drained by early farmers and several types of crops were attempted but none proved economical. Today the marshland habitat has returned and supports a rich variety of marsh plants, birds and other animals.
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Sunset on Humboldt Lagoons SP
In the early days, several dairy ranches were established along the shores of Stone Lagoon. Later, when the highway was improved, a motel/restaurant called the "Little Red Hen" was located next to the lagoon. This business continued in operation until 1979. The restaurant building was remodeled into a museum and park office and is now the Humboldt Lagoons Visitor Center and bookstore.
Recreation - There are day use only picnic areas at the visitor center and at the north end of Stone Lagoon on the beach. The park offers boating, fishing, beach combing, hiking.
Camping Information - Boat-in and environmental sites. Please contact the park directly for detailed camping availability information. Stone Lagoon environmental camp: There are 6 environmental campsites at Stone Lagoon accessible by foot or boat only (camper must provide their own boat.) The campsites are on a section of the Coastal Trail. Self register for Stone Lagoon boat-in camps near the boat ramp at the visitor center.
Dry Lagoon environmental camp also has 6 campsites. Dry Lagoon camps require obtaining a combination to a locked gate, therefore registration is via the visitor center (Monday thru Friday 8:30-1:30) or by contacting Patricks Point State Park, 10 miles south on Hwy. 101. Fees/costs/rates: Boat-in & hike-in environmental campsites -$7, $5 extra vehicle. No Day-use fee. Reservations/permits: First-come first-served only.
Bring your own boat and enjoy exploring lagoon. Can land boat on beach and have access to 6 miles of beachcombing, bird watching, whale watching, agate hunting.
Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
Coastal/temperate. Summer 50-60 with coastal fog common. Winter 40- 50 with 60" annual rainfall occurring mostly Nov.-May. Spring & fall are typically very nice. Summer is foggy, cool and damp. Bring warm/layered clothing.
40 miles north of Eureka, CA and 55 miles south of Crescent City, CA on Hwy. 101