Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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Wilson Creek Beach is a small beach right off of Highway 101. The location makes this beach great for a quick stop as a break from traveling. Picnic tables offer a place to enjoy a meal while overlooking the Pacific Ocean and listening to the sound of waves crashing on the beach. There are also pits where you can make a fire to warm your cold feet after a barefoot walk through the wet sand.

False Klamath Cove opens up in front of Wilson Creek Beach. Native American legend has it that the Klamath River once flowed out into the ocean here rather than its present location a few miles south. For many years this location between Wilson Creek and Lagoon Creek marked the border between the Yurok and Tolowa tribal lands. The name for the cove likely comes from sailors being commonly fooled into believing it is the real Klamath Cove and thus sailing into it, only to find they are in the wrong location. 

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

Not Required


Fire pits. Picnic tables along the beach.


Adjacent to the highway.


Picnic tables


Nearby Adventures

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Nearby Lodging + Camping


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