California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Big Lagoon Wildlife Area - Humboldt County

Wildlife Viewing boating Waterfowl Hunting Allowed fishing Hunting with Shotguns Allowed
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Location: Humboldt County - approximately 34 miles north of Eureka

Phone Number: (707) 445-6493

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Special Restrictions: Motorized boats are restricted to 5 mph or less. Camping is not allowed.

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

Description: 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. Grebes, herons, snipe and osprey are also found here.

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

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area

  • Fishing, bird watching, sailing, and wildlife viewing are allowed. Waterfowl using the lagoon include pintail, wigeons, shovellers, scaup, and ruddy ducks.
  • One of the most popular recreational activities at Big Lagoon is fishing. There are several different types of fishing that occur here, including shore, boat, surf, and surf netting.

Hunting: Waterfowl and snipe are permitted during open seasons.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.

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