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Arcata Field Office

Lacks Creek Management Area

Woodcutting area now open.

Lacks Creek is a recreational treasure hidden in the coast range and offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities. Ride your horse or bike along the shared use trails, or find your own secluded campsite with a view.

Lacks Creek is located in California‘s northern Coast Range, approximately 15 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The area is in Humboldt County, approximately 20 miles northeast of Eureka. The management area includes 8,673 acres of BLM managed public lands – 7,377 acres are within the Lacks Creek watershed, with the other acreage made up of contiguous lands. The management area is surrounded by large private land timber holdings, and the region contains some of the most productive and intensively managed commercial forest lands in the United States. The immediate area is sparsely populated with scattered ranches in adjacent Redwood Valley. For a map, click here.

Fall Foliage at Lacks Creek. Photo by AJ DonnellLacks Creek flowing through rocks and vegetation.Moss covered rocks and trees showing fall colors at Lacks Creek. Photo by AJ Donnell

Rules and Regulations

Overnight camping is allowed at designated sites only.
Mountain bike and equestrian use is allowed on designated roads and trails only.
Campfires are allowed in BLM provided fire-rings in designated sites only. During wildfire season, campfires are subject to seasonal restrictions.
Firearms and archery use is allowed.
Public use of motorized vehicles is allowed on designated roads which include Pine Ridge Road and spurs, Midslope Road, and Lacks Creek Road.
Firewood cutting and mushroom collection is allowed by permit only. 

Directions to Lacks Creek

Drive east on Highway 299 for 17.8 miles from Highway 101. Turn left at the Redwood Valley turn off (Bair Road) and travel 3.9 miles. Make a right turn at the sign that reads "Hoopa - 22 miles", and travel 5.9 miles up this windy gravel road. The entrance is a left turn. For a map, click here. For current road conditions please do not hesitate to call the Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300.

Lacks Creek Management Plan

Lacks Creek Management Area Management Plan Update
Lacks Creek Management Area Management Plan  Environmental Assessment 

Area Map
Sneak Peak of Lacks Creek

Person snowshoeing along a road on a sunny day.

Two girls in a Lacks Creek Priarie picnicing.

Man walking up Lacks Creek below the riparian canopy.

Bureau of Land Management
Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521-4573
Phone: (707) 825-2300
Fax: (707) 825-2301
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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