Humboldt Bay is a natural bay and a multi-basin, bar-built coastal lagoon located on the rugged North Coast of California, entirely within Humboldt County. It is the largest protected body of water on the West Coast between San Francisco Bay and Puget Sound, the second largest enclosed bay in California, and the largest port between San Francisco and Coos Bay, Oregon. The largest city adjoining the bay is Eureka, the regional center and county seat of Humboldt County, followed by the college town of Arcata. These primary cities together with adjoining unincorporated communities and several small towns comprise a Humboldt Bay Area total population of nearly 80,000 people, which accounts for nearly 60% of the population of Humboldt County. In addition to being home to more than 100 plant species, 300 invertebrate species, 100 fish species, and 200 bird species, the bay and its complex system of marshes and grasses support hundreds of thousands of migrating and local shore birds. Commercially, this second largest estuary in California houses the largest oyster production operations on the West Coast, producing more than half of all oysters farmed in California.Add Humboldt Bay to your Eureka travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Eureka trip itinerary maker site .
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Humboldt Bay was one of the largest ship building sites on the west coast of USA at one time - little remains, but is still worth seeing. more »
A great drive and walk along this very extensive spit. Look out for the cars driving on the beach, but otherwise you could be the only ones in the world. more »
Great view of the water and relaxing atmosphere with a small walking area for my dog
Humboldt Bay sits in the Heart of the Redwoods in the Middle of nowhere, Humboldt County, California. Literally in the Middle of Nowhere, as there is only one Road which Leads to Humboldt Bay and only one small Airport with the only Direct Flights originating in San Francisco. This Historic and isolated Bay once boasted Redwood trees on its banks before Logging in the 1850's wiped them out. The city of Eureka sits upon the Bay which is still the only Major Harbor between San Francisco and Portland Oregon. U.S. Hwy 101 skirts alongside the Bay.A stop in Eureka reveals a unique and beautiful Boardwalk with Restaurants and shops and allows visitors an unimpeded view of the bay and its resident Harbor Seals, River Otters, Brown Pelicans, and many other species of wildlife. Worth stopping and visiting along with a trip to the nearby World Class Beaches and Redwood Forests.
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