Just west of Eureka, a sandy strip of land extends between Humboldt Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, once a seasonal food-gathering site for the Wiyote Indians and later, during World War II, a Coast Guard surveillance outpost, is now a multi-recreational park that attracts not only OHV enthusiasts, but also hikers, surfers, beachcombers and fishing enthusiasts from throughout the region. This is also access to the north jetty (see dolos in pic). Link to BLM site map
Hiking - beachcombing
Off-Highway Vehicle use in specified area
Boating - Adjacent to the Samoa Boat ramp
Dunes: Several stages of dune formations may be seen in the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. For more information on dune formation and a short history of the dunes, click on the website link above.
Birds: Look out beyond the ocean waves for brown pelicans and Brandt's cormorants. Northern harriers can often be seen as they glide in and out of willow thickets in the small freshwater wetlands. The willow thickets are home to song sparrows and savannah sparrows. The wetlands attract great blue herons and ducks.
OHV: Facilities include an unloading ramp, restroom, tables, cooking grills and a scenic overlook, easy access to 140 acres of "open" terrain, containing numerous trails and the beach strand. And an additional new 75-acre riding area that extends about 1 mile north of the park.
The rest of the beach and dunes along the peninsula are closed to vehicle use, except by special permit from the county.
Samoa Boat Ramp and RV campsiteSamoa Cookhouse - As the last surviving cookhouse of the west, all meals are still served "lumber camp" style
Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum
The dolos look like giant toy jacks standing 15' high, weigh over 43 tons and have over 1300 pounds of steel imbedded in the concrete. NOTE* (Only approach the jetty at low tide. If water is spraying over the top of the jetty, it is too dangerous to be in the area!)
From U.S. Hwy 101 at Eureka, take Hwy 255 across the Samoa Bridge. Turn south (left) onto New Navy Base Road. Drive about four miles to parking area.
From Arcata, take Samoa Blvd. west then south until it intersects with the Samoa Bridge, then follow above directions.