if you're looking for a get away with lonely, beautiful long stretches of beach wide expanses of stillwater and plenty of wildlife viewing come to the North Coast of California's Big Lagoon County campground. Part of the largest lagoon system in the country, the Humboldt Lagoons State Park has many treasures to explore. Dubbed "A String of Pearls", Big Lagoon is the largest of three natural "wet" lagoons and one Dry Lagoon. The county campground is located on its shore. Most of the campsites have views of the lagoon and the dunes on its opposite shore.
Guests will awaken to the sounds of crashing waves in the distance and maybe the chirping of osprey or squawking if great blue heron nearby. Launch of personal watercraft such as paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, sailboats or even catamarans can be done foot steps away from the campsites. The temperature of the Lagoon can get warm enough to swim in, even up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available during the summer months at the boat launch area though Kayak Trinidad, outfitter. I don't believe there are RV hookups at this Campground.
Wildlife viewing is wonderful at this location at it as it is a resting place for migratory birds along with their route on the Pacific Flyway. There is also a resident heard of Roosevelt elk that frequents the brackish marsh areas to the east where Maple Creek drains into the lagoon. Agate hunting is a favorite at the beach nearby, but visitors must be aware that the ocean conditions on this beach are treacherous and should never approach the wave slope.
We stayed one night in July, when Patrick's Point was booked up. We found a site and the host brought us firewood and kindling. We were back a bit, but some sites are right up next to the lagoon. Sunset was gorgeous. Some residents stayed up late and we're a bit loud, but overall we would definitely come back.
Stumbled onto this one while looking at a map. Nice county campground right next to a big lagoon. Large spots for tents and lots of privacy. However, the night that we stayed (late summer) found a huge party happening in the north end of the park. It didn't bother us much as we were far enough away (felt sorry for the folks who's campsites were nearby), but it was strange that such a wild party could happen in a county park. Regardless, a nice hidden gem.