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Stone Lagoon Beach | by Kirt Edblom
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Stone Lagoon Beach

Stone Lagoon nests in the heart of Humboldt Lagoons State Park and borders Redwood National Park.


Most of the time Stone Lagoon is an enclosed body of brackish water. Most years a combination of winter rains raising the water level inside the lagoon and winter down-welling, huge swell and high tides removing sand from the ocean side, causes the lagoon to breach and close again several times.

Spring finds the water mostly fresh while late summer it is quite salty. Stone lagoon is fed by Mac Donald Creek.

This lagoon shares a 1-½ mile sand spit with the ocean and is 4-1/2 miles to circumnavigate. Shore birds and river otters are abundant. Highway signs warn of “caution elk crossing.” Roosevelt Elk are often grazing in the south portion of Stone Lagoon.

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Taken on September 23, 2014