Kayaking in Lake Earl, Crescent City, California USA

Elevation ranges:
+2- 8 feet/+0.6-2.4 meters
Lake Earl is located in Talawa Dunes State Park, north of Crescent City, Del Norte County, California, USA.

The lake is connected to Lake Talawa 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 Earl 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.

Lake Earl is a perfect spot for kayaking. It maintains its level by using the beach like a dam and then it breaches the sand and lowers itself. The elevation ranges between +2- 8 ft/+0.6-2.4 m or more. Put-In is at the Narrows, because of the absence of mud. Narrows is located at the spot, where Lake Earl becomes Lake Talawa.

It is one of the deepest spots in the lagoon and the bank drops off at an optimum angle. Access is gained from the village Fort Dick.

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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