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Lost Coast Campgrounds


Humboldt State Park

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Humboldt Redwoods State Park- Albee Creek Campground

A 53,000 acre park about 35 miles south of Eureka with the entrance off Highway 101 at the village of Weott. The main attraction are the groves of redwoods, along with access to the Eel River and 100 miles of hiking trails. This campground is closest to where you will be going but any of the others will do. In one spot the access road passes between two large redwood trees and there isn't a lot of clearance so if you are driving or towing a wide load we'd send a scout ahead with a tape measure.

Location:  At Weott, 35 miles south of Eureka on Highway 101.

Attraction:  Camping, fishing, hiking, redwood groves.

Campsite Description: 37 sites for tents or RV’s to 33 ft. and trailers to 24 ft. No hookups. Also 5 environmental sites and 1 hike-in/bike-in site. Picnic tables, fire grills, food lockers, drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and showers.

Season: Memorial day thru mid-October

Reservations: Yes. www.reserveamerica.com. (800) 444-7275.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $35   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers Yes   Elev  
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Humboldt Redwoods State Park, 707-946-2472. Visitor Center- 707-946-2263. www.parks.ca.gov.

Day Hikes in Area: Numerous. Pick up a map upon entering.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park- Burlington Campground

One of the major campsites in the park.

Location: The park.

Attraction: Camping, fishing, hiking.

Campsite Description: 58 sites for tents or RV’s to 33 ft. or trailers to 24 ft. 3 hike-in or bike-in sites. Picnic tables, fire grills, food lockers, drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and showers.

Season: Year-round.

Reservations: Yes. www.reserveamerica.com.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $35   Fishing Eel River nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers Yes   Elev  
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Humboldt Redwoods State Park, 707-946-2472. Visitor Center- 707-946-2263. www.parks.ca.gov.

Day Hikes in Area: Many. Get a map upon entering.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park- Hidden Springs Campground

One of the major campgrounds in the park.

Location: In the park.

Attraction: Camping, fishing, hiking.

Public/private: Public

Campsite Description: 154 sites for tents or RV’s to 33 ft. and trailers to 24 ft. Picnic tables, fire grills, food lockers, drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and showers.

Season: Mid-April thru Labor Day Weekend

Reservations: Yes. Reserveamerica.com.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $35   Fishing Eel River nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers Yes   Elev  
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Humboldt Redwoods State Park, 707-946-2472. Visitor Center- 707-946-2263. www.parks.ca.gov.

Day Hikes in Area: Many. Pick up a map upon entering.

A.W. Way County Park

A regional park on the Mattole River between Honeydew and Petrolia on the Mattole Road. A decent campground in an area where it gets more remote. Nothing spectacular but a place to sleep.

Location: Mattole Road between Honeydew and Petrolia.

Attraction: Fairly convenient location in a remote area. Proximity to Mattole River for spring steelhead fishing.

Campsite Description: 30 sites for tents or small RV's. No hookups. Picnic tables and fire grills, drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and coin-operated showers. Overflow camping available.

Season: Year-round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $20   Fishing Mattole River nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers Cold   Elev  
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Humboldt County Public Works, 707-445-7651

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Wild and scenic area with access by rugged roads where 4WD or high clearance vehicles recommended. Trailers and RV’s not recommended. Access road is narrow with limited areas to pass another vehicle and no place to turn around until the end is reached except possibly for very short wheelbase vehicles like jeeps. There is a rustic barn that is rented out for overnight use with no facilities but a solid roof over your head. Bear-proof canisters are required in the park, one per person or the two-person version.

Location: Entrance off Briceland Road south of Whitehorn. See description in narrative at start of this section.

Attraction: Wild and scenic area. Crowds will not be an issue.

Campsite Description: There are two general areas. In the north adjacent to the Needle Rock Visitor Center there are 23 walk-in tent campsites with picnic tables, fire rings and pit toilets. There is also a barn that is rented out for overnight use with a raised sleeping platform. There is drinking water available at the Visitor Center. At the south end, at Usal Beach, there are 35 tent sites with picnic tables and fire rings.

Season: Year-round, weather permitting

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $25/30   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Limited   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev  
Toilets Vault   Supplies No

Information: Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, 707-986-7711. www.parks.ca.gov.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Lost Coast, Redwoods- detailed directions from the Usal Beach area north, the reverse direction described above.

Mattole Campground

A BLM campground at the end of Lighthouse Road with rustic sites just over the dunes from the beach. If you want peace and quiet and a nice walking beach almost to yourself this is a nice spot. The beach leads to inactive Punta Gorda Light Station. Head north from here to access Cape Mendocino, the westernmost piece of real estate in California. Head south to Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.

Location: From Humboldt Redwoods State Park drive Mattole Road past Honeydew almost to Petrolia. Turn left on Lighthouse Road and follow it 5 miles to the end.

Attraction: A remote, rustic campground just over some dunes from the beach. No facilities except vault toilets and the campground noted below. 

Campsite Description: 14 sites for tents or RV's to 16 feet. No hookups. Picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets and drinking water. Some sites with wheelchair access.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $8   Fishing Surf
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Sea level
Toilets Vault   Supplies No

Information: Bureau of Land Management. 707-825-2300.

Day Hikes in Area: Hike the beach to Punta Gorda Light Station (inactive).

Horse Mountain

One of two neighboring BLM campgrounds just outside Shelter Cove. The other is Tolkan, listed below. Two others are in the general area; read on.

Location: From the Briceland Road, which becomes the Shelter Cove Road, drive toward Shelter Cove to Kings Peak Road (Horse Mountain), turn right and drive 5 miles to the campground. Tolkan Campground is on the same access road. It is well marked.

Attraction: A place to camp near Shelter Cove.

Campsite Description: Nine sites for tents only. Picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets. No drinking water.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $5   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 1,900 feet
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information:  Bureau of Land Management. 707-825-2300.

Tolkan

One of two (the other Horse Mountain) BLM campgrounds just outside Shelter Cove. Two others are in the general area; read on.

Location: From the Briceland Road, which becomes the Shelter Cove Road, drive toward Shelter Cove to Kings Peak Road (Horse Mountain), turn right and drive 3.5 miles to the campground. It is well marked.

Attraction: A place to sleep near Shelter Cove.

Campsite Description: Nine sites for tents or RV's to 20 feet. Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets and drinking water. Some sites with wheelchair access.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $8   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 1,800 ft.
Toilets Vault   Supplies Nearby

Information: Bureau of Land Management. 707-825-2300.

Nadelos & Wailaki

Two neighboring BLM sites near Shelter Cove on California's Lost Coast.

Location: From the Briceland Road, which becomes the Shelter Cove Road, drive toward Shelter Cove to Chemise Mountain Road, turn left and drive 1 mile to Nadelos and 1.5 miles to Wailaki. 

Attraction: Two sites near Shelter Cove.

Campsite Description: 8 tent sites at Nadelos which can also be rented as a group site that will accommodate up to 60 people.  13 sites for tents or RV's to 20 feet at Wailaki. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and vault toilets. Some sites with wheelchair access.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: Reservations not accepted, except that Nadelos can be reserved by groups, in which case reservations are required at 707-986-5400.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $8/85   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 1,800 ft.
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Bureau of Land Management. 707-825-2300.

Honeydew Creek

A tiny, 5 site BLM camp just outside the hamlet of Honeydew at the Lost Coast. This entire area gets a lot of rain so that's always a possibility during the rainy season.

Location: Take Mattole Road past Honeydew to Wilder Ridge Road. Turn south and drive 1 mile to the campground.

Attraction: Nearby access to the Mattole River for steelhead fishing. A place to camp should all the sites be full at Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Campsite Description: 5 sites for tents or RV's. No hookups. Picnic tables, fire grills and a vault toilet. No drinking water. Some sites with wheelchair access.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $8   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Vault   Supplies Nearby

Information: Bureau of Land Management. 707-825-2300.

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