Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

The Samoa Dunes Recreation Area is a 300-acre park managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is available to the public for a variety of recreational activities. The park is known for the distinct dune formation process that can be seen in the landscape from the coast to the wetlands. A variety coastal wildlife live in the park, including the endangered Humboldt Bay wallflower.

The site of the park was once a food gathering location of the Wiyot Indians, who gathered shellfish along the coastline. In the mid 19th century, the US government constructed a lighthouse in the area which was soon abandoned because of its inefficiency. Later during World War II, the Coast Guard built ammunition bunkers which can still be seen near the OHV staging area.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, surfing, fishing, sightseeing, beach-combing, off-highway vehicle use, picnicking, bird watching, etc.

Seasons Accessible

Samoa Dunes is open year round. The area opens one hour before sunrise and closes one hour after sunset.

Fees: None

ADA Accessibility Notes
The developed facilities are ADA accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs are not required to be leashed.

For More Information, Contact:

Lynda J. Roush
1695 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521
707-825-2300 · fax 707-825-2301


Samoa Dunes Recreation Area