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Free Hike and Paddle: Guided Tours of Humboldt Lagoons on January 1st

 

Start Your New Year Off to a Good Start

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Come along and have some Humboldt fun with us!

California Department of Parks and Recreation, Patrick’s
Point Sector will sponsor a free, guided hike or paddle in
Humboldt Lagoons State Park on New Year’s Day as part
of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50
states.

Join California State Parks to celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2014.  Rejuvenate by taking a family friendly trek through a state park close to home!

Be ready to Launch or Hike at 11:00 a.m.

PADDLE:

Meet at the Stone Lagoon Visitor Center at 115336 Highway 101, Trinidad with your kayak, stand-up-paddleboard or canoe and gear. 

You also have the option of renting a sit-on-top kayak from Kayak Zak’s at half price for this event!   Wetsuits and gear will be available at regular prices.

Please call in advance for rental reservations.  All participants must wear a properly fitted life jacket. 

This guided paddling trip will head to the sand spit and include a beach and wave safety discussion.  Upon leaving the beach we will head to Ryan’s Cove Campground to meet up with the hiking party for lunch and a tour of the campground’s flora and fauna.

This paddle is approximately 4 miles round-trip.  Wear clothing that can get wet.  All ages are encouraged.

Difficulty: Easy

HIKE:

Meet at the Dry Lagoon Parking Lot at 11:00 a.m. This guided interpretative walk will begin along the beach and then head inland following the trail around the back of Sharp Point to Stone Lagoon.

Hikers will meet up with the paddling party for lunch and a tour of the campground’s flora and fauna before heading back to Dry Lagoon.  This hike is approximately 5 miles round-trip and includes some gradient.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes.  The trail may be damp.

Difficulty: Moderate

Heavy Wind or Rain Will Cancel.  All participants should bring layered clothing, lunch and drinking water.

Bonus: All participants are eligible to win one of ten new life jackets in a free raffle drawing!

 

For more information:

Keven Harder (707) 845-6171

keven.harder@parks.ca.gov

For Kayak or Gear Rentals:

(707) 498-1130

info@kayakzak.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Lagoons:

Tucked away along the isolated coast of Del Norte County between the villages of Trinidad and Orick lies the largest lagoon system in the continental United States.

With Stone Lagoon to the north and Dry Lagoon to the south, it’s a segment of the California Coastal Trail and hosts a paddle-in campground, a number of vegetation communities, and the beaches have access to six miles of both bird and whale watching.

The lagoons are shallow, landlocked bodies of water along the coast which are separated from the sea by coastal spits of land.  Seawater only flows in and out of the lagoons when it breaks through the spits, generally during winter storm seasons.

In the early 1900′s, Dry Lagoon was drained by early farmers in an attempt to grow several types of crops, none of which proved economically viable.  Today, Dry Lagoon supports a wetland environment that attracts migratory birds.  Additionally, several dairy ranches were established along the shores of Stone Lagoon.

At Stone Lagoon the park’s visitor center on HWY 101 was formerly a local motel-restaurant called the “Little Red Hen.”  This business operated until 1979. Today the restaurant has been remodeled into a small museum/bookstore, the park office, and is home to Kayak Zak’s kayak rentals.  Picnic tables, restrooms, and boat launching are all available here, near the old red Stone Lagoon School.

The coastal beaches within Humboldt Lagoons support healthy coastal dune vegetation.

The edges of both Big and Stone lagoons contain brackish marshes; Dry Lagoon supports both freshwater and a brackish marsh. The landlocked Freshwater Lagoon is surrounded by a narrow strip of freshwater marshlands.

In the park’s forests are Coast Redwood, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Fir, Red Alder and large stands of willows.

Humboldt Lagoons is part of the Pacific Flyway, hosting more than 200 bird species which include: bald eagles, peregrine falcons and threatened Western snowy plovers.  Black bear, Roosevelt elk herds and bobcats can be seen throughout the park.  Offshore, whales, dolphins and sea lions can be encountered.

The lagoons are open for fishing and exploration by boat; primarily canoes, kayaks, paddle-boards, and even shallow keeled sailboats.  Kayak Zak’s, a local vendor who’s super helpful and friendly, provides kayak rentals, tours, and information.  Oh, they’re super pet friendly, too!

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One Response to “Free Hike and Paddle: Guided Tours of Humboldt Lagoons on January 1st”

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