California Department of Parks and Recreation, Patrick’s Point Sector will sponsor a free, guided paddle in Humboldt Lagoons State Park on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. Join California State Parks to celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state. Rejuvenate by taking a family friendly trek through a state park close to home!
Paddle/Swim Stone Lagoon: This year will offer two aquatic ways to enjoy a First Day in a park. Enjoy a paddle trip with your kayak, stand-up-paddleboard or canoe and gear. Please call in advance for rental reservations. All participants must wear a properly fitted life jacket. Join this easy ranger-guided paddle trip or enjoy Stone Lagoon on your own. Wear clothing and shoes that can get wet. This paddle is approximately 4-miles round-trip. Otherwise, join some hardy souls for a one-mile swim. Be prepared for chilly temperatures. Bring snacks and water. No pets please. All ages are encouraged. Windy conditions or inclement weather can cancel. Call (707) 845-6171 for cancellation information.
Humboldt Lagoons State Park is part of the largest lagoon system in the United States and considered a sacred place by the Yurok people, the largest tribe of native people in California. This is an excellent location to see migrant bird species and native waterfowl, elk, otters, and whales from the beach on Stone Lagoon’s western shore.