Spring showers trigger frenzy of change to the landscape of Del Norte County, from rivers swelling wildly to flowers erupting in a sudden display of wondrous color. Whether you watch a storm wreak havoc on the coastline, wander the beach after it passes, ride the rapids it creates or admire the wildflowers it summons, there are many ways to enjoy a Del Norte County downpour. Here are some of our favorite things that April showers bring to Del Norte County.
Watch Mother Nature Put on a Ferocious Show
Pull up a chair on an ocean-front deck or park your car at the water’s edge and watch the drama of a turbulent spring storm unfold just offshore. It may be sunny and clear above Del Norte County, but storms raging a few miles off the coast can still make a spectacular show on the water’s edge as heavy surf pummels the rocky shoreline, sending up extraordinary jets of ocean spray of and dampening the air with a thick, salty mist. As the storm moves inland, the sky can darken to a deep, ominous gray in a matter of minutes, sounding the alarm that it’s time to head inside. Crank up the heat and watch from a window as Mother Nature unleashes her fury in great sheets of rain and bellows of thunder.
Explore the Coastline after a Storm
When the storm has passed and the sun peeks through the clouds, head to the beach to discover all the hidden jewels uncovered by the pounding rain and raging surf. The rocky beaches of Del Norte County are dotted with tide pools teeming with ocean life, and you can expect to see a flurry of activity after a storm as the tide pool-dwellers restore order to their world. Stormy seas churn up all sorts of unexpected treasures and toss them onto the beach, so hunt for agate stones or sea glass, or just stroll in solitude along the beautiful expanse of wide-open beach stretching out before you.
Careen Down the Smith’s Swollen Spring Waters
In Del Norte County, spring rain sends a few running for cover but many more running down the river – in kayaks, rafts and canoes! The longest undammed river in California, the Smith River reaps the benefit of spring downpours and transforms into a churning, frothing whitewater rollercoaster. Each of the Smith’s three forks serves up a different boating experience, from the scenic, crystal-clear north fork that winds through a pygmy forest to the Class-V whitewater playground on the south fork.
Admire Dazzling Spring Wildflowers in Forests and Meadows
We all know that saying about April showers, and the old wives were right in Del Norte County, where generous spring rains give rise each May to a stunning display of wildflowers of every color, shape and size. Pacific Coast irises pop up in the sunnier spots of conifer forests, dappling the landscape with eye-popping bursts of gold, apricot, orange and purple. Graceful western azaleas thrive along the moist riverbanks, and huge bursts of pink rhododendron blossoms brighten up the shady forest flora. Intrepid (and observant) hikers may even spot an elegant orchid blooming deep in the shady redwood forests.
Del Norte County is home to many artisans and artists
Crescent Harbor Gallery
Hogan Studios, Inc.
Stone Art Studio
Talking Crow Studio
Oscar and Jean Johnston Gallery
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The Battery Point Lighthouse, first lit with oil lamps in 1856, is an
active lighthouse with a residence and keeper. It serves as a private
aid to navigation.
Legends and Its Beauty
Great stories about the Lighthouse and Native American legends about the Island have been crafted over time. A resident ghost is even said to haunt the residence. Photographers and artists have captured the beauty of the Lighthouse thousands of times making it one of the most vivid images in all of Del Norte County. The scenic beauty has made Battery Point Lighthouse the subject of film companies for movies, television programs, commercials and music videos. Many weddings have taken place on the island.
Use Caution When You Visit
Visits to the Battery Point Lighthouse and Island are only possible at low tides. Extreme care and caution should be used when crossing the two hundred feet between the mainland and island anytime wave action may cover the crossing area. Sneaker waves at any time can threaten visitors standing on or near the rocks and the shore of Battery Point Island. There are currently no public restroom facilities available on Battery Point Island. Care by visitors should be taken to protect all natural wildlife and plant life on the Island.
Lighthouse and Museum Public Tours
The Lighthouse and its museum is open to the public for tours including opportunities to look into the personal quarters of keepers and their families and the furniture and artifacts they have left behind since the 1850’s. Tours include a climb into the light tower. There are displays of many maritime artifacts, photographs and documents that chronicle its history.
Battery Point Lighthouse and Museum are located at the foot of A Street in Crescent City, California.
Travel Instructions: From Highway 101 in Crescent City, go west on Front Street until it ends at A Street. Turn left onto A Street and follow it to the parking lot at its end. The Battery Point Lighthouse is open April through September, tides permitting, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Call (707) 4… to learn when the tide permits access to the island. A gift shop and museum are located in the lighthouse, and visitors can climb to the top of the tower.
For More Information about Battery Point Lighthouse, visit:
For more information see Legendary Lighthouses website from PBS