South Humboldt Bay & Ocean Beach Access

South Humboldt Bay & Ocean Beach Access

While DogTrekker regularly updates off-leash rules, it is important to check to be sure that this area still allows voice control prior to removing your dog’s leash.

Locally known as the South Spit, this is a narrow four-and-a-half-mile-long strip of sand dunes and marshes that separates Humboldt Bay from the Pacific Ocean.

The South Spit is a place where visitors can spread out and find a quiet place to slow down for a while, and enjoy one of Northern California’s magnificent beaches.

Although just a stone’s throw from the city of Eureka, this 4.5-mile expanse of wave-sculpted beaches, windswept dunes and marshy bayshore seems a world away.

Beachcombers strolling the coastal sands can watch hang gliders soar on the updrafts above Table Bluff, while surfers ride the offshore swells.

Dog Walking: Please keep your dog on a leash on the ocean side of South Jetty Road during snowy plover nesting season (March 1 – September 15). Unleashed dogs can scare away nesting plovers and step on or eat eggs and chicks.

The South Spit Cooperative Management Area is a 20-minute scenic drive from either Eureka or Fortuna. Take Hwy 101 from either city to the Hookton Road exit. Follow Hookton Road west for 5 miles to the entrance.

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