Virtual Guidebook to the Redwood National and State Parks
Tolowa Dunes and Lake Earl
Tolowa Dunes State Park, north of Crescent City California


The large low-lying area between Crescent City and the Smith River holds a wildlife-rich mosaic of sand dunes, shallow lakes, and dense coastal forest. It is not accessible by car, you must hike or ride a horse to traverse the dunes to the beach or the seasonal wetlands.

The most notable feature of this rather empty area is the Pelican Bay State Prison, a huge maximum security facility.



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Extensive grassy flats between the sand ridges at Tolowa Dunes

(August 10, 2008)


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On the east shore of Lake Earl, north of Crescent City

(August 10, 2008)


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