Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Table Bluff and South Spit
south of Humboldt Bay California


Table Bluff juts out at the south end of Humboldt Bay, dividing it from the Eel River Plain to the south. A lighthouse and its support buildings once stood on the clifftops here. Coast Guard modernization demolished the Victorian lighthouse keepers cottage but kept the ornate tower. When the old light was replaced by a modern beacon the Fresnel lens was shipped south for display at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, but it has been retreived and can now be seen in the museum at Samoa. The tower was transported to Eureka where it now stands in the parking lot on Woodley island.

South Spit is a long narrow strip of dunes ending in the south breakwater. In the 1990's a lack of coordination between agencies led to its emergence as a major free camping area. Unfortunately the lack of oversight created a serious crime problem and the spit is now closed after dark.



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Table Bluff affords a fine view northwards over Humboldt Bay

(June 15, 2002)


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The old Lighthouse Ranch on Table Bluff north of the mouth of the Eel River

(June 15, 2002)


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Dunes extend southwards from Table Bluff to the mouth of the Eel River

(June 15, 2002)


Next Locality: Eel River Plain