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Samoa Sand Dunes

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Alt Names

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Samoa Dunes, Humboldt Bay, Eureka Sand Dunes, Arcata Bay, Samoa Boat Ramp Campground

Last Known StatusOpen

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt Bay, this area offers over 200 acres of wide and sandy trails that wind through scattered ammunition bunkers from WW2 and interesting coastal vegetation. There are no real "dunes" here, but you can ride on the beach.

The main staging area is for day-use only but the paved campground that is located just before the main entrance offers bay views and direct trail access.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityEureka, CA
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From: Eureka, CA
1) Take US-101 to intersection for SR-255 north
2) Turn north on SR-255, continue about 2 miles
3) After crossing bridge turn left on New Navy Base Road, continue about 5 miles
4) Turn right into staging area.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, Dunes
LandBLM

RATINGS

Prosfree, nearby campground offers direct dune access, both staging areas can accommodate large RVs/trailers, beautiful coastal scenery, close to nearby Eureka, open year-round
Conscampground consists of a paved parking lot with no shade or hookups
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles1
Miles Of Trail2
Climate TypeCoastal
Elevation0 to 30 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe OHV area has no hard pack terrain.None
SandThis OHV area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe OHV area has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis OHV area has no rocks.None
TreesThe OHV area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis OHV area has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis OHV area has no large jumps.None
BermsThe OHV area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis OHV area has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
High/Rogue Tides
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has no expert terrain.None

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsYes (96 inches)Safety Flags Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areas
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Camping only allowed at Samoa Boat Ramp Campground
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNoDunes open 1 hour before sunrise to1 hour after sunset
Cross CountrySome Areas
AlcoholProhibited
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $5.00
Only one additional vehicle is allowed per campsite.
CommentCamping is only permitted at the Samoa Boat Ramp Campground.

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NE)St. Joseph Hospital (707) 445-8121
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Shell (707) 445-4445
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Shell (707) 445-4445
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Eureka
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Redwood Acres Fairground (707) 445-3037
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Redwood Acres Fairground (707) 445-3037
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (NE)Samoa Boat Ramp Campground (707) 445-7651
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Ray's Food Place (707) 442-9261
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site Pacific Ocean
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site Pacific Ocean
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (NE)Samoa Boat Ramp Campground (707) 445-7651

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521-4573
(707) 825-2300
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoSamoa Boat Ramp Campground
1106 2nd Street
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 445-7651
co.humboldt.ca.us

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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OHV at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

The wet sand on the beach is a popular place to air it out, but there are also some more interesing sand trails.

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A trail at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

The small system of semi-marked trails runs throughout, but there are some open areas as well.

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Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

Most of the trails look something like this, winding in and out of the grass along the beach.

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Scenery at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

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A trail at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

This trail connects the camping area to the beach.  ATVs are limited to 10mph until inside the riding area.

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OHV at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

The beach is littered with military bunkers like this one, which are cool to check out.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

The camping area is just a large paved parking lot.  Only a few of the perimter sites have any grass.

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Scenic view of Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

You can ride on the beach also, and there are some unique parts that wind through the driftwood.

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Scenic view at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

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A trail at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

Another shot of the trails that connect the camping area to the other staging areas and play areas.

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Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

There is a small 4x4 obstacle course, but it is tame by most standards, and gets very little use.

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Some terrain at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

Another typical example of the trails that run along the beach.

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Scenic view at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

This is the main day-use staging area.  It has restrooms, picnic tables, and a loading ramp.  There is also a boardwalk to hike.

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Dirt Bike at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

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Scenic view of Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

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Scenic view at Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

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Scenery from Samoa Sand Dunes OHV Area

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