Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coastal OHV Area Offers "Cool" Riding During Summer Heatwave

Sand Route Along N. Jetty

As inland temperatures on the West Coast soar past the 100 degree mark, QWR wants to remind the OHV community about a 300-acre sand-dune/beach riding area in Northern California.  The Samoa Dunes Recreation Area is managed by the BLM and offers recreationists a chance to enjoy OHV, fishing, beachcombing, birdwatching, and picnicking in the cool coastal temperatures that exist in the Eureka area.

WW2 - Era Ammo Bunker

This area is one of the secret OHV treasures in the Western States.  Where else can you fish, watch for ships going in and out of Humboldt Bay, challenge yourself to the 4WD obstacle courses, ride on the beach, or take pictures of your ATV or SxS at the entrance to one of the many WW2-era ammo bunkers that dot the landscape?

This is a family-oriented riding area that serves all skill levels.  There is open riding on the beach along with many sand-trails that can provide you with hours of fun.

SxS on Jetty Route

The Samoa Dunes is a day-use area.  However, there is a county park adjacent to the dunes where users can either tent camp or base their activities from a toy-hauler.  There is a “sand highway” that connects the county park to the Samoa Dunes.

If you don’t want to camp, there are many hotels in nearby Eureka or Arcata.  The world-famous Samoa Cookhouse is close-by per chance you work up an appetite after a long day on the dunes.

Multiple 4x4 Obstacle Courses

QWR believes the Samoa Dunes is a must visit area for riders who want to enjoy beach/sand-oriented motorized recreation with their family and/or friends. 

If you are lucky, you may even see an occasional whale that strays into Humboldt Bay or watch a tug boat tow out a lumber or chip barge. 

County Campground

Don’t forget to bring your fishing pole as there are plenty of casting sites along the jetty.

Open Riding and Sand Trails

Finally, this is a great case example of how your CA OHV “Green Sticker” funds are used as a force multiplier in the partnership that exists between the BLM and the OHMVR Division.

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

Samoa Boat Ramp County Park

Samoa Cookhouse

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