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Dog-Friendly Eureka

Road tripping with your best friend? No, not your partner or kids…if Fido’s in the passenger seat, Eureka has ample dog-friendly spots to check out while you’re in town.

small dog with jacket walking along sand with footprints on the beach

Dog Parks

Within the city limits, head to Del Norte Street Dog Park (also known as Shark Park Dog Park) at the foot of Del Norte Street along the beautiful Humboldt Bay (1200 W Del Norte St). The park is fenced, water is available, and dogs are allowed off-leash — just make sure to clean up after your pet!

The same goes for Eureka Dog Park, at 2020 Watson Drive, which has benches for humans, a drinking fountain for dogs, and two separate areas for small and large dogs to play.  Meet locals and visitors alike from sunup to sundown.

Sequoia Park

3550 W St, Eureka CA 95503

Sequoia Park is a spectacular redwood forest in the heart of Eureka. Take a stroll around the park with your dog (on leash) and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the redwoods. With ponds, creeks, and walking trails, Sequoia Park makes for the perfect outdoor day.

dog walking down steps in the forest
Brown puppy laying in clovers in the forest

Eureka Boardwalk & Waterfront Trail

Eureka Boardwalk – Foot of F Street

Head to the edge of Eureka’s historic Old Town shopping and dining district for a stroll along the water.  The boardwalk even features a doggie restroom!  You’ll find multiple benches to catch a rest, and unique shopping and dining steps away.

Waterfront Trail – North end: Truesdale Avenue (just south of Bayshore Mall).  South end: Pound Road.

Following the length of Eureka along the Humboldt Bay, the Waterfront Trail takes you on a 6+ mile journey through marshland with views of coastal marshland and wildlife. Bring your dog, family, and friends to enjoy the unique natural elements of Eureka.

Humboats Kayak Adventures

Man in kayak in the Marina

If you’re more interested in testing out your sea legs, HumBoats Kayak Adventures offer an array of experiences that each offer a uniquely different adventure. Learn the natural history of Eureka on a tour, experience creatures such as whales and exotic fish, all while paddling through the bay or on a tour down the river with your dog.  

Madaket Tour of Humboldt Bay

Madaket boat with people on it in the water

Foot of “C” Street, Eureka, CA 95501 | (707) 445-1910

Grab your pup (well behaved please, and best if they do their business ahead of time!) and climb aboard the Madaket to enjoy a relaxing voyage along the shores of Humboldt Bay. The M.V. Madaket, built in 1910, is the last survivor of seven original ferries that transported families and mill workers around Humboldt Bay for decades. Today it sits as the oldest passenger motor vessel in continuous service in the entire United States. Between May and October, you can hop on board for a tour and learn about local history, industries, activities, points of interest, and wildlife.

You can choose from a narrated historical cruise to learn about the history of the Humboldt Bay, including industry, points of interest (wait until you see the Carson Mansion by boat!) and wildlife (Tuesday through Saturday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.; Monday at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.). Or for a more adult experience, relax on a cocktail cruise and grab a drink from the smallest licensed bar in the state of California (Tuesday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m.).

couple walking 2 dogs on the beach on a sunny day

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

95 New Navy Base Rd, Samoa, CA 95564

Head out west of Eureka on Highway 255 for the BLM-managed Samoa Dunes Recreation Area.  The beach is dog-friendly and dogs are welcome off-leash within the wave slope if they’re under voice control.  While you’re there, participate in a wide variety of activities including hiking, surfing, fishing, sightseeing, picnicking, birdwatching, beachcombing, and off-highway vehicle (OHV) use.  

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

3431 Fort Ave, Eureka, CA 95503 | (707) 445-6547

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park is a historic area that is situated on a bluff that looks down and across into Humboldt Bay, and includes a Logging Museum and open-air displays of historic steam-powered logging equipment that saw frequent use throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, two steam-powered locomotives, and offers a favorite local picnic spot on a grassy bluff overlooking the Humboldt Bay.  Dogs on leashes are able to accompany their owners at home, though they can’t enter the buildings on site.

picnic benches with some houses and trees

Dog-Friendly Eat & Drink

group of of people sitting at a picnic bench with a dog by a golf course

Cocina Mariposa

4750 Fairway Dr, Eureka, CA 95503 | (707) 599-2469

Authentic Mexican restaurant located at the Eureka Municipal Golf Course. Grab a bite of a menu chock full of delicious food featuring local produce, vegan, vegetarian, and keto options and hang outside on the patio with your pup.

Fresh Freeze Drive-In

3023 F Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 443-6967

Fresh Freeze Drive-In is an authentic 50’s old fashioned burger, fries, and milkshake restaurant that is family and dog-friendly with outdoor seating that allows you to sit with your dog! Fresh Freeze offers a walk-up window service which makes eating with your dog even easier.

Corner of Bagel shop with man walking along the sidewalk

Humboldt Smokehouse

310 5th Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 497-6261

Humboldt Smokehouse is a BBQ lover’s favorite! With brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and many more. Humboldt is much more than a smokehouse though, they also offer burritos, tacos, sandwiches, and jalapeño poppers. Humboldt has designated six tables as dog-friendly tables that allow your dog to experience the Smokehouse as well!

Café Nooner 2

2910 E Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 407-3664

Café Nooner is a national award-winning café and has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with host Guy Fieri. Café Nooner offers an array of food and strives to find local and natural ingredients that allow their food to be fresh and locally grown. Café Nooner also allows dogs at their outside tables when weather permits it.

Jack’s Seafood

4 C Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 273-5273

Jack’s Seafood is a waterfront restaurant that allows you to bring your dog and enjoy your meal at one of their outdoor pet-friendly tables. Jack’s Seafood offers a fine dining experience with a menu that has something for everyone.  Join them for lunch or dinner any day of the week.

Los Bagels

403 2nd St., Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 442-8525

Leashed dogs welcome at outdoor seating at this multicultural bagelry, pastry, and coffee shop.

Where to Stay

Building at night with uplighting



Carter House Inns

301 L Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (800) 404-1390

At Carter House Inns, you’ll find lavish accommodations throughout five Victorian buildings located in Eureka. These include the Hotel Carter, the Carter House, the Carter Cottage, the Bell Cottage, and their most recent addition, Annie’s House. Each building has a unique style, pairing rich Victorian architecture with contemporary furnishings and local art. In each of their 33 rooms, they provide guests with all standard amenities including flat-screen TVs, complimentary wireless internet, and convenient Keurig coffeemakers.

Clarion Hotel

2223 4th Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 442-3261

This Eureka hotel provides the comforts of home in a beautiful location. Great for group travel, there is plenty to see and do in and around the hotel.  Located near stunning Humboldt Bay and downtown Eureka.

Inn at 2nd & C

124 C Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 444-3344

Lovingly restored, the Historic Eagle House once again serves as a community hub and gathering space — hosting live music and events in their Grand Theatre Ballroom and Phatsy Kline’s Parlor Bar and Lounge. The Inn at 2nd & C holds 23 beautiful victorian rooms and suites, private event and meeting spaces, and a meditation room and yoga studio.

Bayfront One Vacation Rental

One F Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 268-1263

These dog-friendly condominiums at Bayfront One are located on the waterfront of Old Town Eureka, California. This premier location maintains a quiet and relaxing environment with breathtaking views of the Bay also is within walking distance to Old Town Eureka which offers an array of shopping, restaurants, markets, theaters, and more!

BestWestern Plus Bayshore Inn

3500 Broadway St, Eureka CA 95503 | (707) 268-8005

Stay at the Best Western Plus Bayshore Inn and you’ll be located in the heart of Humboldt County’s best outdoor adventure and sights. Guests will find the famous Redwood Forest just 20 minutes south, the National Forest just 30 minutes north, sandy beaches within five minutes and historic Old Town just two miles down the road. This Eureka hotel is also located next door to Bayshore Mall and Historic Fort Humboldt.

Red Lion Hotel

1929 4th Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 445-0844

Red Lion Hotel Eureka is situated off scenic Highway 101. You’ll find 175 immaculate accommodations and practical amenities and services for comfortable stays in Northern California. Conveniently located just 15 minutes from the Arcata-Eureka Airport, offering free Wi-Fi, a delicious on-site restaurant, Pacific Bar & Grill, and nearly 6,788 square feet of meeting facilities and banquet space. Their welcoming lodge-style Eureka, CA hotel is the perfect choice for experiencing the lovely seaport town of Eureka in a family and pet-friendly atmosphere.

Quality Inn and man walking in front

Quality Inn Eureka

1209 4th Street, Eureka CA 95501 (707) 443-1601

This dog-friendly hotel is locally owned and operated by natives of Eureka. Quality Inn is centrally located in Eureka making it 15 miles from the Arcata Eureka Airport, and less than an hour to National and State Parks (north) or Humboldt Redwoods State Park (south).

Town House Hotel

933 4th Street, Eureka CA 95501 | (707) 443-4536

Conveniently located in downtown Eureka, the Eureka Town House Motel is near historic Old Town, a National Historic District possessing some of the most spectacular Victorian architecture in the nation. The Morris Graves Museum of Art is a few blocks away from the Motel. Humbolt Redwoods State Park, home to the largest contiguous redwood forest in the nation, is 40 miles to the south.