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Area: 10 Acres
Lat: 40.024295
Lon: 124.066865
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Shelter Cove/Lost Coast Wilderness - Site # 193
Remote and private, with trailhead access to the Lost Coast trail. Exceptional tidepools are currently being studied for ecological values
RegionalRegional - worth visiting if you are already in the area. They may be located farther from populated areas or with more limited wildlife species.

Background: Gulls, terns, pelagic cormorants, and bald eagles cruise over kelp beds at this protected cove. Offshore rocks attract common murres and pigeon guillemots. During spring and fall, phalaropes, turnstones, and other shorebirds seek Black Sands Beach. Tidepools near Point Delgada shelter purple sea urchins, red abalone, and other marine life. Harbor seals, Stellar sea lions, porpoises, and California gray whales often appear offshore.
Lighthouse, interpretive displays on various natural resource topics and local Native Americans.

The Habitat: Ocean, tidepools, coastal prairie habitat.

The Experience: Merging of ocean life with terrestrial habitat. Exceptional tidepools are currently being studied for ecological values.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Car, overlooks, trail, beach

Viewing Tips: Except shorebirds, most species are visible year-round. Gray whale watching is excellent from December through March. Site access through the King Range, which shelters everything from rattlesnakes to elk. STEEP, WINDING, PAVED ROAD. WET WINTERS. DANGEROUS SURF.

Site Notes: Shelter Cove includes several parcels of public land. These range from Mal Coombs park day use area and lighthouse (with seasonal tours), access to tidepools, etc. Seal Rock and Abalone Point feature picnic tables, interpretive panels and frequent views of seals and sea lions. Black Sands Beach provides trailhead access to the Lost Coast trail.

Festivals & Events: tidepool walks, local school fieldtrips, community events at Mal Coombs Park.

Visitor Information: Chamber of Commerce - Garberville-Redway - 707-923-2613 - http://garberville.org/site002/home/index.php
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Open: Everday
Hours: all
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: pot holes, winter storms can make roads hazardous
 Number of Parking Spaces: 60
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:100 ft.
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: 

How to Get There: From Highway 101 near Garberville, follow signs to Redway and Shelter Cove. In Redway, turn west on Briceland Road. After about 14 miles, you will each Whitethorn/Shelter Cove junction, turn onto Shelter Cove Road. Continue 11 miles, following signs to the cove. Allow 45 minutes for the dirive from Redway.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Agency Site URL: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata.html
Physical Address:Lower Pacific and Beach Road
Shelter Cove, CA 95589
Agency 2:P.O. Drawer 189
Whitehorn, CA 95589
Manager Phone:707-986-5400 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(707) 986-5400
County: Humboldt
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