Fishing, Hiking, and Boating in Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Humboldt County's landlocked bodies of water lay in a crooked line just along the coast north of Trinidad. Big Lagoon, the largest, attracts kayakers, canoers and anglers in equal numbers, drawn by the dazzling shore just beyond the bluff that occasionally opens the lagoon to the sea as well as the wildlife, ranging from birds of prey, to deer, the occasional bobcat, and of course the fish. Both Big and Stone lagoons contain brackish water, appealing to steelhead trout and some ocean fish such as halibut. The smallest of the filled tarns is Freshwater Lagoon, living up to its name and boasting rainbow trout and small mouth bass. While hiking, fishing, or boating, blackbirds serenade visitors and ospreys provide an unforgettable show. Partially ringing each lagoon is one of the densest, most verdant temperate rainforests in the continental United States.