Surfing in Lake Talawa, Crescent City, California USA

Wave normal length:
164 ft/50 m
Good days wave:
164 to 492 ft/50 to 150 m
Good swell directions:
Northwest, west, southwest
Wind direction:
Swell size:
1 m/3 ft to 2 m+/6 ft+
Lake Talawa is located in Talawa Dunes State Park, north of Crescent City, Del Norte County, California, USA.

The lake is connected to Lake Earl on the west by a narrow channel of water. It is named after Talawa people, who as native people occupied the area previous to European colonization in 1850s. If you are a nature enthusiast, Lake Talawa is the perfect place to be.

Visitors can observe hundreds of species of birds, coyote, deer, raccoon that can be spotted in the trail along the park. In spring and summer, wild flowers make the scenery look like a colorful painting. Along the coast, many marine mammals are prowling around like harbor seals, sea lions, gray whales that migrate from Alaska to Baja California.

The lake is a good spot for all kind of surfers. Type of the wave is beach – break and its frequency is regular. The wave’s directions are right and left. Bottom of the sea is sandy. Power of the wave is fun. Its 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+. Surfers should watch out for sharks.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Crescent City
19.7 miles/31.70 km, 25 minutes
Pelican State Beach is located right at the Oregon border, off Highway 101. Keep a sharp eye out, because the access is easy to miss. Its 21 miles north of Crescent City, the last road before the agricultural inspection station (or the first road after the inspection station if you’re coming from Oregon). Parking is available.
Jack McNamara Field Airport,
21.4 miles/34.44 km

Take any Amtrak train, get off at the Crescent City bus station (CRC) and then continue by car.


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