Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

The Arcata Marsh is just a few blocks from downtown Arcata making it an easy day trip for visitors. The trails offer perfect opportunities for hiking, jogging, bird watching, bicycling, or even just sitting. The Marsh is a popular destination for bird watching as it is located along the Pacific Flyway, a major migration route for birds that breed in California, Mexico, and Central and South America. The Arcata Marsh also servers as a low-tech waste water treatment facility for the City of Arcata. It is emblematic of Humboldt County that it is an entirely eco-friendly way to process human waste.

The Arcata Marsh Interpretative Center is open Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m, and Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A free tour leaves the center every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. year-round. Visitors will find interactive exhibits about the Wildlife Sanctuary with historical, biological, and technical themes.

Recreational Opportunities

Bicycling, walking, jogging, and bird watching on 4.5 miles of easily accessible trails.

Tours by the Redwood Region Audubon Society take place every Saturday at 8:30 a.m., meeting at the I Street entrance near Klopp Lake.

Seasons Accessible

The Marsh and Interpretive Center are open year-round, from sunrise to sunset, with special times for seasonal events.

ADA Accessibility Notes
The marsh has many flat, accessible trails and bird-watching opportunities.

Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs must be on a leash and the sanctuary asks that visitors please obey the common decency rule of picking up after your dog.

For More Information, Contact:

Audubon Society-Redwood Region
P.O. Box 1054, Eureka, CA 95502

Interpretive Center
600 South G Street, Arcata, CA 95521

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary