Surfing in Big Lagoon, Trinidad, California USA

Water temperature:
Water in the Lagoon:
Wave length:
164 feet/50 meters
Wave length on good days:
164 to 492/50 to 150 meters
Swell directions:
Northeast, west,southwest
Big Lagoon is located at 7 mi/11.3 km north of Trinidad, Humboldt County, California, USA.

With the large sand barrier that separates the lagoon from the ocean, Big Lagoon is a paradise. If you are willing to walk far enough, you can find yourself all alone at the spot. It is a swimming friendly beach with shallow areas of the lagoon, especially near the boat ramp. Water temperature is quite pleasant.

The dangerous Pacific surf is about 300 ft/91.4 m away, so it is rather safe to swim. The water in the Lagoon is slightly brackish. Big Lagoon is a beach, preferred by all kind of surfers. Wave quality is normal and wave frequency is regular. Type of the wave is beach – break and its direction is both right and left. Bottom of the sea is sandy.

Power of the wave is fun and powerful. The wave’s normal length is short, up to 164 ft/50 m and on good days is normally 164 to 492 ft/50 to 150 m. Good swell direction is northwest, west and southwest and good wind direction is east. Swell size starts at less than 1 m / 3 ft and holds up to 2 m+ / 6 ft+.

Best tide position is low tide only. It’s quite an empty beach. Surfers should watch out for rips / underflow and string currents.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Trinidad
9.9 miles/15.93 km, 11 minutes
7 miles north of Trinidad. Exit HWY 101 at Big Lagoon Park Road and follow signs. Fee is charged for Day Use and Camping.
Arcata-Eureka Airport,
17.3 miles/27.84 km

Amtrak services the entire USA. Check the website for fares, tickets and schedules.


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