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Canoeing the Lake Earl Wildlife Area

The largest coastal lagoon in California, Lake Earl and the smaller, connected Lake Tolowa are separated from the Pacific Ocean by a narrow strip of land that seasonally floods, mixing saltwater into the mostly freshwater lagoon. The nearly 6,100 acre lagoon and surrounding wetlands are home to several endangered species, including the California brown pelican and the Oregon silverspot butterfly.

The largest coastal lagoon in California, Lake Earl and the smaller, connected Lake Tolowa are separated from the Pacific Ocean by a narrow strip of land that seasonally floods, mixing saltwater into the mostly freshwater lagoon. The nearly 6,100 acre lagoon and surrounding wetlands are home to several endangered species, including the California brown pelican and the Oregon silverspot butterfly.

One of California’s most productive wetlands, this lake is a perfect spot for canoeing and boating to view wildlife. This sensitive habitat is actually an estuarine lagoon.

Location: 2 miles north of Crescent City, off Northcrest Drive.

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Canoeing the Lake Earl Wildlife Area



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