Parks & Trails

Parks and Campgrounds

Day Use 

All parks and trails operated by Humboldt County are open for day use. Day use hours are posted at each park. Parking areas are open but may be subject to vehicle limits (especially at Swimmers Delight). Day-use fees ($5 per vehicle per day) are required at A.W. Way, Big Lagoon, Freshwater, and Van Duzen County Parks.

Annual Passes

An annual pass to Humboldt County Parks covers day-use fees and provides a $5 discount for camping fees. The cost of an annual pass is $45 ($35 for seniors age 62 and older, people with disabilities, and military veterans). Passes are written for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Methods for purchasing an annual pass:

  1. Visit the Humboldt County Public Works office (1106 Second Street, Eureka, CA, 95501) during business hours (8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm).
  2. Mail a check and written request to the Public Works office (1106 Second Street, Eureka, CA, 95501). The request should indicate “County Parks annual pass” and include your name, address, and phone number.
  3. Visit the gate house at Freshwater Park or Swimmers Delight (Van Duzen County Park) during the summer when the gate house is staffed.

Freshwater Park 

The Freshwater Park playground, creek access, and volleyball court are open. Freshwater Park's seasonal dam is typically installed to provide a summer swimming area from late-June to early September. There may be summers when the dam cannot be installed due to drought conditions and low water flows. In addition, dam installation may need to be delayed until juvenile coho salmon have out-migrated. In addition to the swimming area, Freshwater Park amenities include an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible playground, accessible routes to the volleyball court, picnic areas, and other locations throughout the park, and creek access.

The gazebo area at Freshwater Park will be open for group reservations from April 1 through November 30, 2024. People seeking to make a reservation for the gazebo area at Freshwater Park can call 707-445-7651.

Single Site Campgrounds 

Campgrounds at Big Lagoon, Clam Beach, Samoa, Swimmers Delight (Van Duzen), and A.W. Way are open. Currently County Parks does not accept reservation for single site campgrounds.  Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The camping fee is $30 per night.

Pamplin Grove Group Campground 

The Pamplin Grove group campground at Van Duzen County Park will be available for reservations from May 1 through October 30, 2024. Due to the high demand for Pamplin Grove reservations, Humboldt County Parks administers an annual reservation process starting at 8:00 AM on the first business day of the year. People seeking to make a reservation at Pamplin Grove for 2024 can call 707-445-7651, starting at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Calls are logged in the order they are received, and staff work down the list to coordinate the callers to make reservations based on the available dates. The payment deadline will be established at the time of booking. The maximum stay is seven days. Humboldt County Parks reserves the right to close portions of the Grove or cancel reservations due to high winds, wildfire, flooding, threats of falling limbs or trees, or other reasons.

Responsibilities

The Humboldt County Parks and Trails system features 17 park units (nearly 950 acres) and the five-mile-long Hammond Trail in McKinleyville. County Parks include ten beach parks, five parks with river access, five boat ramps, and five campgrounds.

Parks and Trails staff operate and maintain recreational facilities and manage the land for public safety and resource protection and conservation. Humboldt County’s park and trail policies place an emphasis on providing recreational opportunities which are highly accessible to the public and protecting park resources from incompatible uses. County parks and trails are managed to provide multiple recreational opportunities for people of all income levels and physical abilities. Parks contribute to the quality of life and public health for county residents and provide opportunities for high-quality recreation experiences.

Parks and Trails staff maintain park facility infrastructure including restrooms, water and wastewater systems, showers, campsites, caretaker residences, boat ramps, parking areas, playground equipment, a seasonal dam, signs and fences, and various amenities.  Staff is also participating in planning efforts to consider development of regional trails and community forests. Park and trail maintenance also relies on various volunteer groups such as the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, CAL-FIRE, California Conservation Corps, Probation Department Juvenile Assigned Work Service, Boy Scouts, Hammond Volunteer Trail Stewards, and other community organizations for clean-up activities and other special projects.

  1. County Parks
  2. McKay Community Forest
  3. Hammond Trail
  4. Humboldt Bay Trail
  5. Annie & Mary Trail
  6. Arcata Bottom Bike Route

Humboldt County's parks are located along the Pacific Ocean and the Eel, Van Duzen, Mattole, and Mad rivers. County parks offer camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, beachcombing, and clamming for the enjoyment of County residents and visitors.
 
Specific Information on Humboldt County Parks and Facilities

Humboldt County Parks & Trails