Please remember these rules and regulations as you enjoy the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay:
The South Spit is open for day use only.
The area is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Vehicles are allowed off-road, on the waveslope only.
Vehicles must use designated vehicle access corridors to access the waveslope and stay under the 15 mph speed limit. Vehicles are not allowed in the dunes.
Limit use near western snowy plover protection areas.
Campfires, kites, vehicles, and model airplanes are not allowed within the signed plover protection areas.
The 20-acre western snowy plover habitat restoration area is closed to all public use each year from March 1 - September 15. The adjacent waveslope is closed to vehicle traffic as well during the breeding season, from March 1 - September 15. Western snowy plovers are sensitive to encounters with people, dogs and vehicles and an innocent recreationist can threaten the breeding success of snowy plovers. Energy is very important to this small bird. Every time humans, dogs, or other predators cause the birds to take flight or run away, they lose precious energy that is needed to maintain their nests. Just the presence of people and dogs in close proximity can cause adult birds to temporarily leave nests, which increases the chance of a predator finding the eggs, sand blowing over and covering the nest, or the eggs getting cold.
Dogs must be leashed during plover nesting season.
If you are on the west side of South Jetty Road between March 1 and September 15, keep your dog on a leash.
Firearms are only allowed for waterfowl hunting.
Target shooting and fireworks are not allowed.
Equestrian use is allowed on the ocean side of South Jetty Road.
Emergency Phones are located at the South Jetty Picnic Area (north end) and Table Bluff County Park (south end).
Know the tidal forecast of Humboldt Bay before you go.
South Spit CMA Interim Final Supplimental Rules