Hike or paddle to help reopen dry Lagoon Hike-in Campground

Paddling awaits this Sunday, as does hiking. Submitted photo

Paddling awaits this Sunday, as does hiking. Submitted photo

Kayak Zak’s

ORICK – Kayak Zak’s invites the community for free guided kayak tours in tandem sit-on-top kayaks on Sunday, April 12 in continuation of fundraising efforts to reopen Dry Lagoon Hike-in Campground.

There will also be a guided interpretative hike led by State Parks starting at 10 a.m. Foul weather cancels.

It has been three years since 2012 budget cuts left Humboldt Lagoons State Park unable to sustain the Dry Lagoon Campground. In 2013, Kayak Zak’s partnered with HSU Recreation students and Explore North Coast to reopen the boat-in sites at Stone Lagoon.

Last fall, Kayak Zak’s and HSU’s Recreation students held a fundraiser for the Dry Lagoon Campground, and is at it again this spring to raise the final funds necessary to bring the revival of this campsite to fruition.

Tours are offered free with donations accepted for the “Humboldt Lagoons State Park Fund” set up through Humboldt Area Foundation at hafoundation.org/donations/donations.php.facebook-like-button

The north coast’s grassroots activism has seen nature’s immeasurable beauty through time and time again. Dry Lagoon Primitive Hike-in Campground is located eight miles north of Patrick’s Point. The Campground needs new picnic tables, bear boxes, fire rings, and trail maintenance.

Last year, with the grassroots collaborative effort, the community raised the money to reopen the Stone Lagoon boat-in campground and families have enjoyed it all year!

The Kayak Zak’s and HSU student partnership invites all members of the community to see firsthand the value and importance of the Dry Lagoon Campground. Participate and consider donating to the Humboldt Lagoons State Park Fund.

Paddle

Meet at the Humboldt Lagoons Visitor Center at 115336 US Hwy. 101, Trinidad at Stone Lagoon. All kayak tours require registration, so please arrive 30 minutes. Call in advance to reserve a spot, otherwise they are first-come-first-served.

Kayak tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and noon, include brief safety training, paddles, life jackets and tour guides. Wear clothing and shoes that can get wet and bring spare change of clothes. Wetsuits and other rental gear will be available at regular rental prices. All ages are welcome.  Difficulty: Easy.

Hike

Meet at the Dry Lagoon parking lot at 9:30 a.m. This guided interpretative walk begins at 10 a.m. The hike is approximately five miles round-trip and includes some gradient. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring snacks and drinking water. The trail may be damp. Difficulty: Moderate.

(707) 498-1130kayakzak.com[email protected]

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