Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
In 1971, the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve precious habitat for the great diversity of birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and plants that occur in the Humboldt Bay area. The refuge has several different units totaling almost 4,000 acres. These units consist of a mosaic of mudflats, estuarine eelgrass meadows, saltmarsh, brackish marsh, seasonally flooded freshwater wetlands, riparian wetlands, streams, coastal dunes, and forest. These habitats support over 316 species of birds and 40 species of mammals. The refuge also provides habitat for approximately 100 species of fish and marine invertebrates, many of which contribute to sport and commercial fisheries, including steelhead, coho and chinook salmon, and Dungeness crab.

Directions to HBNWR Headquarters at the Salmon Creek Unit:
  • Take Exit 696 off Highway 101
  • If northbound turn left and go west over the overpass and take the first right, then follow the entrance road north and west ~1.3 miles to the Headquarters.
  • If southbound turn right and then immediately left onto the entrance road and proceed ~1.3 miles north and west to the Headquarters.

Contact Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

1020 Ranch Rd
P.O. Box 576
Loleta, California  95551
Phone: 707-733-5406
Toll Free: 800-344-WILD
Fax: 707-733-1946


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Humboldt County, California

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