Agate hunting, bird-watching, beachcombing, boating and whale-watching are all popular outdoor activities for families along the North Coast. One of the best places to do all of these and more is Humboldt Lagoons State Park.
In the early 1900s, Dry Lagoon was drained to make way for crops and dairy ranches. The effort proved uneconomical, and eventually Mother Nature reclaimed this natural marshland habitat, which supports a huge variety of bird and animal life.
Today, both Dry Lagoon and Stone Lagoon make up the state park, which includes six miles of beach, hiking trails, a boat ramp and picnic areas. Many people come to the park to wander the beach, combing for agates and other treasures, as well as to watch migrating whales. You can bring your own boat to explore the lagoons or go fishing. Enjoy the picnic areas and many trails for the hiker, including three miles of Coastal Trail. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset year-round. There is no fee.