Mad River County Beach

Humboldt, California

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Mad River County Beach


  • Sand dunes lie between the parking area and the beach.- Mad River County Beach
  • Overlooking the beach from a nearby dune.- Mad River County Beach
  • Grasses from nearby dunes.- Mad River County Beach
  • Visitors stroll and play along the beach.- Mad River County Beach
  • The gently sloped beach leads to a long wave zone.- Mad River County Beach
  • Two children stand on the beach ready for a wave.- Mad River County Beach
  • Sections of pebbles can be found across the beach.- Mad River County Beach
  • Broken sand dollar hidden under the sand.- Mad River County Beach
  • Mad River Beach extends far to the north.- Mad River County Beach
  • A man stands on the dunes for a better view.- Mad River County Beach
  • A wash-up of dead crustaceans.- Mad River County Beach
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Nearby trails and river. Sand dunes.
Humboldt, CA
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


A pleasant drive through fields and down overgrown narrow roads leads to Mad River County Park, a system preserved and developed by the county for recreation. Mad River runs through the park, and a set of trails allows users to stroll the banks or kayak the waters. Part of the same unit is Mad River County Beach, a long beach backed by grassy dunes. Here visitors enjoy the cool waters of the ocean while combing the beach, flying a kite, or warming themselves next to a fire. Beach fires are allowed here so long as they remain less than 30 inches in diameter and no pallets are burned. 

A walk of less than a mile down the shoreline will take visitors to the Samoa State Marine Conservation Area. This protected area of ocean has been set aside and restrictions placed on its use in order to restore and conserve the marine habitat of the area. By protecting an entire ecosystem, instead of an individual species, the ocean is healthier and more resilient in facing pollution and climate change.

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