About Mad River Beach County Park in Arcata, California
Mad River Beach County Park is located where Mad River approaches the ocean a couple miles south of the actual river mouth. This location provides a great ocean beach access and a safe protected boat launch area on the Mad River as well. Kayakers, canoeists, boaters, and SUPers can put in onto the river from a lot located on the right just before the road ends at the beach. There is a horse staging area at the boat launch for horseback riders. Kids and adults can play in the dunes or beachcomb in either direction on this vast beach. Bicyclists and runners will enjoy the Hammond Coastal Trail which starts at a bridge over the river on the drive to Mad River Beach and runs north about five miles to Clam Beach.
To get here, take the Janes Road exit off of Highway 101 north of Arcata. Head west, then turn right on Heindon Road, left on Miller Lane, and right on Mad River Road. The beach parking area is at the end of this road.
- 1 Mad River Rd
Arcata, CA 95521
- Park Name
- Mad River Beach County Park
- County Park
- Pet Details
- Dogs allowed off-leash on the wave slope and on-leash on dry sand
- Free parking at both lots
- Beach Walking, Equestrian Use, Bonfires, Beachcombing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Boating, Fishing, Biking, Birdwatching
- Boat Launch, Dunes, Restrooms
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