Arcata Field Office

Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay

Recreation Opportunities

Pedestrian Beach Access - It's just a short stroll to the beach from several parking areas along South Jetty Road. See the map for more details.

Beach Driving - If you prefer to drive onto the beach to surf fish or have a picnic, use one of the four designated vehicle access corridors. Only skilled, experienced off-road drivers should access the beach. Be prepared for soft sand and changing surf and tide conditions. The speed limit is 15 MPH. Please respect other users of the beach and nesting western snowy plovers by following all posted signs.

Picnicking - Picnic tables, parking, cooking grills, and restroom facilities are located at the south end (Table Bluff County Park) and at the north end (South Jetty Picnic Area). Bring your own water.

Horse Use - Horses are allowed on the ocean side of South Jetty Road. The south end and north end parking areas have ample room for horse trailer parking, unloading, and turning around.

Dog Walking - You must keep your dog on a leash on the ocean side of South Jetty Road during snowy plover nesting season (March 1 - September 15). Unleashed dogs can scare away nesting western snowy plovers and step on or eat eggs and chicks. On the bay side of South Jetty Road, unleashed dogs must be under voice control.

Birding - A mix of several habitat types attract a diversity of birds including migrant waterfowl in the bay, western snowy plovers and sanderlings along the beach, and cormorants, surfbirds, and black turnstones along the rocky jetty.

Fishing - The South Jetty area is a popular fishing spot for bottom fish, ling cod, salmon, and perch. Note that the jetty is subject to large, unpredictable, and dangerous waves. Please check the local weather forecast and use extreme caution in the vicinity of the jetty.

HuntingState of California hunting regulations must be followed on Federal lands. Waterfowl hunters can access Humboldt Bay for hunting black brandt and other species. Nine access spur roads along the east side of South Jetty Road can be used during waterfowl hunting season only (October-January) to load/unload equipment.


Lynda J. Roush, Field Manager
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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