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Area Map & Guide

Humboldt Bay Beaches & Dunes Map & Guide

The 2013 Humboldt Bay Beaches, Dunes and Wetlands Map and Guide. The free map and guide highlights natural areas where people can enjoy a variety of coastal habitats while providing in-depth information about local natural history and the importance of conserving the beauty and diversity of our coast.

Funding and support for this edition of the map was generously provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Gerald O. and Susan Hanson Family Fund, Humboldt County Resource and Conservation District, the Bureau of Land Management Arcata Office.

Free guides will be available at area visitor locations including; the California Welcome Center, Eureka Chamber of Commerce, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refugesí Richard J. Guadagno Headquarters and Visitor Center, Bureau of Land Management Arcata office. The public may also request a free guide by sending a self-addressed, #10 envelope with .61 postage to: Friends of the Dunes, P.O. Box 186, Arcata, CA 95518.

Ma-Le'l Dunes Cooperative Management Area

Ma-le'l Map

The Ma-le'l Dunes offers a range of recreational opportunties that allow visitors to experience a diverse and dynamic coastal landscape of forests and salt marshes, sand dunes and beaches.

The northern portion of Ma-le'l is part of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Trail access is limited to pedestrians only. The road to the northern parking lot is closed to vehicles Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in order to provide vistors with a "wilderness ' experience.

The southern portion of Ma-le'l, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) allows for dog walking and equestrian use on designated trails. Please protect natural and cultural resources by observing vistior guidlines.

Copies of the Ma-le'l Dunes Trail Map are available at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center at (707)444-1397 or the BLM Arcata Field Office (707)825-2300.

Enjoying Humboldt's Wild Places with your Dog

Dog Map

There are a lot of great wild places in Humboldt County where you can take your dog. Please keep in mind that there are a variety of different land management agencies, each with different management priorities and resources to protect. This map is color coded to help you become familiar with each sites specific regulations and help you pick an appropriate place to bring your dog.

Dog Brochure

Learn how your actions as a responsible dog owner helps protect wildlife and everyone's enjoyment of wild places. If you need more detailed access information about Humboldt's wild places, please contact the land managers listed here, or see the Humboldt Bay Beaches Dunes and Wetlands Map.

Conservation through Cooperation

The conservation of coastal dunes in Humboldt County is accomplished through the cooperation of public agencies, private organizations and individual community members. Friends of the Dunes works closely with the following agencies and organizations to help conserve coastal environments.


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