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815 West Wabash Avenue
Eureka, CA 95501
Reservations: 815 West Wabash Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501
Opening Summer 2013
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Eureka Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, California

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

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569 South G StreetArcataCalifornia95521
Category: Attractions
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Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal destination for nature lovers, bird watchers and wildlife seekers. Situated on the edge of Humboldt Bay, the 307-acre sanctuary is home to a widely varied range of constructed wetlands, including fresh and saltwater marshes, mudflats, tidal sloughs, and grassy uplands that all serve as a natural filter for the Arcata wastewater treatment plant. Popular for outdoor recreation, visitors can enjoy exploring on five miles of scenic walking and biking paths and searching for birds and wildlife.


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The Arcata Marsh is open daily, 4am until one hour after sunset. The Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center is open Mondays, 1-5pm and Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm.

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  • Free lectures
  • Guided bird and marsh walks
  • Monthly art exhibits
  • Godwit Spring Bird Festival


  • Visitors center
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife watching
  • Gift shop

Walking Tours

The Friends of the Arcata Marsh offer guided walks starting from the Interpretive Center every Saturday at 2pm. The Redwood Region Audubon Society offers guided birding walks starting from the South I Street parking lot every Saturday at 8:30am. No reservations are necessary for the Friends of the Arcata Marsh or Redwood Region Audubon Society tours. Free docent guided walks are offered for groups with two-week advance notice. Visit www.cityofarcata.org/departments/environmental-services/water-wastewater/wildlife-sanctuary/guided-walk-schedule for more information.

Walking and Biking Trails

The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is a fabulous place to get out and enjoy walking with nature. The sanctuary is home to more than five miles of walking and biking trails surrounded by 225 acres of stunning scenery and a profusion of local wildlife and birds. Leashed dogs are allowed on all trails.


  • What kind of wildlife can be seen at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary?

    Bird lovers rejoice! The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is home to more than 350 different bird species. Catch a glimpse of favorites like the colorful Wood Duck, the Green Winged Teal, the Red-Throated Loon, and the Great Blue Heron. Other wildlife living at the sanctuary include the Pacific Tree Frog, River Otters, and Western Tiger Swallowtail butterflies. Visit www.cityofarcata.org/departments/environmental-services/water-wastewater/wildlife-sanctuary/bird-list for a complete list of birds at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • How should I plan my visit to the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary?

    Visit their website first to learn more about the activities and events scheduled during your visit. Once you get there, make the Interpretive Center your first stop. You can pick up free maps, get bird lists and join a free, guided walking tour there.

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