HAF Humboldt Bay Water Trails

The most recent Humboldt Bay Water Trails Project resulted in the completion of an up-to-date non-motorized boating map for Humboldt Bay and the development of a current plan for ADA accessible boating access from the I Street parking lot of Arcata’s north bay. The plans for the I Street dock were incorporated in a City of Arcata proposal to the CA Department of Boating and Waterways, and staff from both agencies are working together to implement these non-motorized boating improvements in the near future. Community engagement for this project included RCAA’s participation with Arcata Main Street in a press release, as well as targeted outreach to different agencies and businesses to finalize the map. Since 2006, RCAA has worked with stakeholders on Humboldt Bay Water Trails efforts, with a number of plans developed over a decade, many of which have been updated or added to by various agencies (therefore these plans are no longer current, but served as a starting point for other regional efforts.)


The Humboldt Bay Water Trails Map was developed by Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) in partnership with many local paddling groups, government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations. Its development was funded by the California Coastal Conservancy and small local contributions, beginning in 2006. This map is the most up-to-date compilation of local paddling routes around Humboldt Bay, and is printed on water-resistant paper. It is intended to be double-sided, with one side showing put-in/ take-out locations for non-motorized boating as well as amenities for each site and low-tide/ high-tide route boundaries. The other side provides safety information, wildlife observation tips, and other important information. Please contact Natalie at (707) 269-2059 if you wish to order copies of the printed map.