Bays, waves, and

coastal air.

Bays, waves, andcoastal air.

Water Activities

To really experience everything Eureka has to offer, take advantage of the community’s location along the world-famous Humboldt Bay. Boat rentals and water adventures abound, with ample opportunities to build your skillset if you aren’t already aquatically inclined.

Madaket Cruise on the Humboldt Bay

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

Climb aboard the Madaket and 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's 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.).

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500 West Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501

The Eureka Public Marina has a free, public boat launch facility to accommodate the recreational use of Humboldt Bay. The marina has been constructed with a handicapped accessible gangway and concrete floats designed with berth spaces and long finger docks to accommodate both recreation and commercial vessels. A waterfront walk allows visitors to enjoy the view of Humboldt Bay.

The Eureka Public Marina can accommodate vessels 20’-70’ in length and is within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

There are two motorized boat launches that can be found locally: one at the Eureka Public Marina Boat Launch, which includes a two-lane launch ramp, a fish cleaning station, a fishing line recycling station, a waste oil disposal facility, parking area, and public restrooms. The Samoa Bridge Boat Launch (on the Eureka side of the bridge, by Halvorsen Park) has one wide-lane launch ramp, public restrooms, parking areas, and fishing line recycling stations.  Across the bay, the Samoa County Park boat ramp is on the Samoa peninsula, south of Fairhaven, just north of the Coast Guard station.

Brought your own gear? The Eureka Slough Boat Ramp is a non-motorized boat launch, located near the Eureka Waterfront Trail (behind Target).

Learn more about boat launches in Eureka and Humboldt County. 

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Humboats Kayaking Adventures

601 Startare Dr, Eureka, CA 95501(707) 443-5157

Humboats’ waterfront location at  Woodley Island Marina in Eureka features the only dockside kayak and SUP rental facility on the redwood coast.  Paddle around Duluwat Island to see the egret rookery or along the water trails of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Rent both single and tandem kayaks; for families, you’ll find on offer a double-kayak with a drop-in seat in a center hatch for younger paddlers.

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Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501 | (707) 443-4222

Located on the beautiful Eureka waterfront across from Woodley Island Marina, the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC) is a multipurpose facility dedicated to providing boating safety, outdoor recreation, and educational opportunities for the local community, HSU students and staff, and the broader Humboldt County.

Rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards.  Take a class or a tour to view Eureka from the water.  We guarantee Eureka is best seen by both land and sea.

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Pacific Outfitters

1600 5th St, Eureka, CA 95501 | (707) 443-6328

Fish, hike, kayak, and be generally amazed at all Eureka and the surrounding areas have to offer.  Book classes and tours that meet at the main Eureka location and get your adventure on.

Tours and trips include guided hiking adventures to see the coastal redwoods, the tallest trees in the world, kayaking or stand up paddling adventures where you'll learn about Humboldt Bay's rich history and wildlife while exploring the shoreline and inner channels of Duluwat Island and Woodley Island Marina, and surfing adventures in secret spots only the locals know about.  Check out Pacific Outfitters' website to book and learn more.

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Elk River Sanctuary — Hikshari’ Trail

End of Hilfiker Lane, Eureka, CA 95501

Launch your personal watercraft or start your stand-up paddleboard adventure here. Enjoy exceptional bay views, interpretative signs, and artistic benches on your way to the boat launch on the south section of the trail. Enjoy a picnic area, wildlife viewing, hiking, and walking. You'll find the waterfowl hunting launch October – February.

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Fishing and Crabbing
Purchase a California sport fishing license, report cards, and validations online at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website (619 2nd St | (707) 445-6493). Check in with them to learn what’s in season and if a license is required. Locally, you can purchase licenses at Pacific Outfitters (1600 5th St | (707) 443-6328) and Bucksport Sporting Goods (3650 Broadway St | (707) 442-1832).
Pier and dock fishing can be done at the Eureka Boardwalk, the Commercial Street Dock, and Adorni Pier at the foot of L Street.
Don’t have a fishing license?  Del Norte Street Fishing Pier is Eureka’s bayside public fishing pier, and no fishing license is required.  You can also fish at the top of the north and south Humboldt Bay jetties.  We recommend carefully reviewing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Ocean Sport Fishing regulations online.

Want to do some research before you head out?  Check out Fishing the North Coast for the local fishing report.

Fishing Charters

Eureka is home to an abundant selection of fishing charters.  Visit their websites and contact the provider directly for more information.

Foreel Sportfishing, (707) 599-8185
Humboldt Sportfishing, (707) 496-7899
Judah Paul Sport Fishing, (707) 843-2045
North Coast Sportfishing, (707) 223-6761
Northwind Charters, (707) 616-5238
Redwood Coast Fishing, (707) 601-8757

Humboldt Yacht Club

The Humboldt Yacht Club has actively promoted recreational boating on Humboldt Bay and surrounding waters since 1938. They have a full calendar of events for dinghies, keelboats, offshore and in-bay racing, as well as many social events during the year. Most of all, they provide sailors and other recreational boaters with a community of fellow enthusiasts.

Their beautiful clubroom is located in the west wing of the Wharfinger Building. With its picturesque location, they proudly showcase the "Best View on the Bay." Club members frequently bring a bag lunch, or meet a friend and relax and enjoy the view. The clubroom can be reserved by club members for family parties or special events and is available for rental by the public.

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