Discover Del Norte County's dunes and wetlands

This map and guide was produced and funded through the participation and support of the land managers and the
following organizations, agencies, and Sovereign Nations.


Coordinated by:
Tolowa Dunes Stewards
a program of the Smith River Alliance


and funders


California State Parks


California Department of Fish and Game


Del Norte County


California State Coastal Conservancy


National Park Service
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance


Redwood National and State Parks


California Coastal Commission's
Whale Tail License Plate Grant Program


Elk Valley Rancheria


Smith River Rancheria


Located on California's most north west corner

The Tolowa Coast is 11,000 acres of unique public land held within Tolowa Dunes State Park Lake Earl Wildlife Area, Point St. George Heritage Area.

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How to find the
Tolowa Coast


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Aerial of Lake Earl

Lake earl Coastal Lagoon with 60 Miles of shoreline

Tolowa Dee-ni'

TOLOWA DEE-NI' (THE PEOPLE) have lived in the Smith River Basin for thousands of years. Located along a remote section of coast in the most northwestern corner of California, this world of sand, water, and tall trees is the center of the universe for the Dee-ni’ and once met their every need. Although the incredible abundance that sustained them for centuries is today diminished, a surprising diversity of animals and plants remains, many rare, threatened, or endangered in our modern world. Tolowa people also remain here in their ancestral homeland, working to reconcile their painful contact history and reestablish their traditional ways.


This exceptional natural and cultural heritage is protected for the appreciation and enjoyment of present and future generations on 11,000-acres of publicly owned lands within the Lake Earl Wildlife Area, Tolowa Dunes State Park and Point St. George Heritage Area. Hiking, biking, and equestrian trails—some 30 miles—meander the dunes, open prairies, thick pine forests, freshwater streams, and hidden ponds. A magnet for bird-watchers, the area also supports an annual waterfowl-hunting season. The Tolowa Coast beach stretches along the Pacific Ocean for eleven undeveloped miles.


Visitors and residents alike will find a lifetime of opportunities for exploration, recreation, or contemplation in this special section of the coast that the Tolowa Dee-ni’ know so well.


Tolowa Coast Land Managers

For more information about these public lands contact:

California State Parks
(707) 465-7306

California Department of Fish and Game
(707) 445-6493

Del Norte County Parks and Recreation
(707) 464-7230