This park takes in some of the finest wetlands habitat on California’s northern coast. An ancient sand dune complex that has evolved into several distinct ecological communities, Tolowa Dunes encompasses ocean beach, river, open and vegetated sand dunes, wooded ridges, and wetlands. A diverse assortment of birds, animals and plant life thrive here, and the area serves as an important stopover on the Pacific flyway for thousands of migrating ducks, geese and swans. The Smith River is a good place for salmon and steelhead fishing, and cutthroat trout can be taken at Lake Earl. The basic amenities are provided for campers at two primitive campgrounds, including a ride-in horse camp and six walk-in sites.

Location/ Directions

2 miles north of Crescent City.

From Crescent City CA take Northcrest Dr. north off of HWY. 101. Access roads are Old Mill Rd. off Northcrest Dr. and further along Northcrest Dr. (which becomes Lake Earl Dr.) turn left on Lower Lake Rd. to Kellogg or Pala Roads.

Lake Earl, CA Latitude/Longitude: 41.8258 / -124.1875

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing

Summer days range from the 60’s to 70’s (degrees fahrenheit). Nights are in the 40’s.

Winter days range from the 40’s to 60s (degrees fahrenheig). Nights are in the 30’s.

Rainfall average is about 60″ to 80″ per year, falling mostly between November and May

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