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 A narrow, four-and-a-half-mile-long strip of sand dunes and marshes, 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.