Arcata Field Office

Ma-le'l Dunes Cooperative Management Area

The Ma-‘e’l Dunes offers a range of recreational opportunities 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 (HBNWR). Trail access is limited pedestrians only.  The road to the northern parking lot is closed to vehicles Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in order to provide visitors with more of 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 visitor guidelines.



Please Remember these rules and regulations as you explore Ma-le'l Dunes:

The area is open from sunrise to one hour after sunset.
North Ma-le'l entrance road is open to vehicles Friday through Monday. Tuesday through Thursday it is open by walking or biking in from the Ma-le'l South Trailhead parking area.
Dune vegetation is fragile cannot tolerate trampling. Hiking is allowed only on designated trails and in open sandy areas.
Horses are allowed only on designated BLM trails and on the waveslope to protect the fragile dune ecosystems. Please remove manure from the parking area.

Dogs are allowed only on BLM property and must be leashed  in the developed recreation sites (parking/picnic area), otherwise dogs are allowed off-leash but under the owner’s control at all times.

Firearms are not allowed.

Motorized vehicle use is not allowed.
Overnight camping is not allowed.
To protect rare salt marsh plants, boat launching or landing is not allowed.
For more information please contact:
Bureau of Land Management
Arcata Field Office
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
(707) 822-6378 or (707) 733-5406

Ma-le'l Dunes Cooperative Management Area Map

Trail and vicinity map of the Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management Area, located in Humboldt County, California. This map shows the general location of the Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management Area as west of Arcata, California in northern Humboldt County. This map cannot be made fully compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you need help using the information here, please contact the Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300 and reference the Ma-le’l Dunes map webpage.

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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