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Big Lagoon Wildlife Area


Big Lagoon is the largest and southernmost of four lagoons between Patrick's Point and Redwood Creek. At approximately 1,600 acres in size, it includes a brackish water lagoon and marsh. This is important habitat for waterfowl and Roosevelt elk. Waterfowl using the lagoon include pintail, wigeons, shovellers, scaup, and ruddy ducks. Grebes, herons, snipe and osprey are also found here. Steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are present in the lagoon.

The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1976, and adjacent lands are managed by State Parks and County Parks as part of Humboldt Lagoon State Park. Major land use around Big Lagoon is recreational and residential. Recreational uses are quite varied, and include fishing and sailing. At one time, a yacht club was located on the east side of the lagoon. Extensive road building and logging activities within the drainage has accelerated the rate of siltation, resulting in the reduction of marsh and open water areas. Management activities include creation of additional wetland habitat.

For more information, call the Northern Region Eureka office at (707) 445-6493.

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: fishing, sailing, wildlife viewing, bird watching, and hunting

Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities here. There are several different types of fishing that occur here, including shore, boat, surf, and surf netting.

Hunting: waterfowl and snipe (seasonal)

Facilities: Picnic tables, camping, and restrooms are available at the County Park.

Note: There has been confirmation of the presence of the New Zealand Mud Snail within this Wildlife Area.

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Humboldt County

approximately 34 miles north of Eureka

Access: From Eureka, head north on Highway 101 approximately 34 miles to the Wildlife Area; access is available through nearby Dry Lagoon State Park.

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