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Mad River County Park

Mad River County Park

For a magnificent, memorable beach and riverside experience, head to Mad River County Park. There you can see wildlife in its natural habitat along the shores of the Mad River as it spills into the Pacific Ocean.

Spanning many miles, the Mad River starts in Trinity County and winds through Six Rivers National Forest. Matthews Dam, approximately one-third of the way along the river, forms Ruth Lake. The Mad River finally empties into the Pacific Ocean after a long stretch of picturesque beach in McKinleyville. Harbor seals and sea lions can be seen sunbathing nearby. Numerous birds scurry along the water's edge or take to the sky in search of a meal.

A boat launch is available if you want to fish or explore the waters of the beautiful Humboldt coast. You can build a fire at night on the sand, roast hot dogs and marshmallows or just keep warm at the beach while hanging out with good friends.
WHERE: Take the Janes Road exit off Hwy 101 north of Arcata. Head west, then turn right on Heindon Road, left on Miller Lane, and right on Mad River Road. The beach parking area is at the end of the road.
MORE INFO: 707-445-7651

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