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Tolowa Dunes State Park takes in some of the finest wetlands habitat on California’s northern coast.
An ancient sand dune complex that has evolved into several distinct ecological communities,
Tolowa Dunes encompasses ocean beach, river, open and vegetated sand dunes, wooded ridges,
and wetlands. A diverse assortment of birds, animals and plant life thrive here.
Two coastal lagoons—lakes Earl and Tolowa—are separated from Pelican Bay by a sandbar. The mostly freshwater Lake Earl
and the more saline Lake Tolowa host more than 250 species of birds. The lakes are a crucial stopover for birds traveling the Pacific Flyway,
the west coast bird migration route. Sometimes as many as one hundred thousand birds can be sighted here. Surrounding the lakes are saltwater
marshland and freshwater wetlands, as well as far-reaching sand dunes.
The basic amenities are provided for campers at two primitive campgrounds, including a ride-in horse camp and six walk-in sites.
The Lake Earl area offers an array of opportunities for the nature enthusiast.
Hundreds of species of birds including the rare Canada Aleutian goose and the Peregrine
falcon can be seen in the forests and wetlands. Deer, coyote and raccoons may be spotted
along the many miles of trails that traverse the park.
Aleutian Goose Festival - Late MAR
Annual event since 1999 - features birding, nature and Indian cultural experiences that you
will want to remember. Our birding, nature, and heritage celebration offers 80 events.
Salmon and steelhead are seasonal in the Smith River, cutthroat trout and Starry flounder are in Lakes Earl and Tolowa, and bass and crappie are in Dead Lake.
Hiking Trail Adventures:
Some 20 miles of hiking trail wind through the park. Many of the paths are sandy, which make them slow-going, but the elevation is very level.
Spring, when the ponds are full and the wildflowers are in bloom, and autumn, with crisp, clear days, are good seasons for hikes in the state park.
Guided nature walks are offered in the summer. The weather is pleasant enough for a summer hike.
- Dead Lake Trail: - Best birdwatching opportunities - Trailhead located at the end of Sand Hill Road - 2 mile round trip to Dead Lake, 3.5 mile round trip to the Tolowa Dunes.
- Old Mill Trail: - Passes thru dense forest to grassy sand dunes - Trailhead on Old Mill Road by Park Headquarters. 4.0 miles roundtrip to Tolowa Lake.
- Lake Earl Lagoon Trail: - Easy one mile hike along beautiful lakeshore - Trailhead on Lake Earl Drive.
- Kellogg Beach Trail: - Easy trail covers the northern section of the park.
This park offers 2 primitive campgrounds and horse sites.
Tolowa Dunes California
California State Park
1375 Elk Valley Road, Crescent City, CA 95531; 707-465-2145;
Location: On the coast just north of Crescent City
Campground: Open year round.
California State Park is open from sunrise to sunset year round.
State Park Website
Crescent City CA
Redwood Coast Recreation
The Nature of California
Introduction to Common California Plants, Wildlife and Outstanding Natural Attractions
An outstanding resource for the local nature lover or tourist. It is an agreeable overview of animals and plants casual hikers and campers are likely to encounter.
Crescent City Northwoods Inn
Best Western Resort Hotel
655 Highway US-101 South, Crescent City, CA 95531;
Location: City Southside Near Whaler Island
Experience a unique escape at this Crescent City hotel located in the heart of the area's redwood forests
and across from the Pacific Ocean at the Northwoods Inn. This California Best Western Resort is located near some of the
most scenic areas. Enjoy nicely appointed room features with all the right amenities along including free
high-speed Internet access.
Crescent City Super 8 Motel
685 Highway US-101 South, Crescent City, CA 95531;
Location: City Southside Near Whaler Island
49 spacious rooms in a quiet, relaxed setting, some with harbor views. Walk across the street to
explore the piers and interact with one of the coasts largest active fishing fleets.
Locally renowned restaurants within walking distance including seafood restaurants on the pier.
Whale, seal and bird watching. Visit the world famous Redwood groves containing the largest redwoods.
Crescent City Econo Lodge
725 US 101 North, Crescent City, CA 95531;
Location: City Northside Near Junction with Northcrest Drive
The Econo Lodge hotel in Crescent City is conveniently located off Highway 101,
less than four miles from the Redwood National Park and the Battery Point Lighthouse.
This Crescent City hotel is minutes from area attractions like Stout Grove, the Pacific Ocean,
the Smith River and the Klamath River.