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Fay Slough

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Phil Gutierrez DOA HUMBOLDT Kayak Club

Fay Slough Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

There is parking at the trailhead to hike or bike into the slough and wetlands. The trail is flat that winds through the pasture before running parallel to the slough. The trail goes for about a mile before you hit the slough, where upon it splits in two directions.

 Improved boat launching facilities are located throughout the bay at Fields Landing, Samoa Peninsula, at the Eureka Public Marina, under the southern end of the Samoa Bridge, at Hookton Slough on the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is important to note that the Hookton Slough launching area is for non-motorized watercraft only and the Arkayaking Fay Sloughcata ramp is shallow and usable only at high tides. 

 Fishing is  allowed within Fay Slough, as well as in Arcata Bay. The pacific and California halibut are both found in the waters of Arcata Bay. Piers located adjacent to sanding bottoms provide the best fishing opportunities for halibut. The best time to fish is on an incoming tide, about two hours before the high tide being the best. Halibut fishing season usually begins around April. Traditionally, kayak anglers in Arcata Bay have pursued several species of fish including perch, halibut, bat rays and salmon.

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jay Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 55 56 56 57 60 62 63 64 64 61 58 55
Low 41 42 44 48 51 53 53 53 51 48 44 41

Open: The wildlife area is closed to public use from the Monday following the Youth Waterfowl Hunt (usually the first week of February) until April 1st.

Fees:  There aren’t any day use or launch fees at the Eureka Marina public launch, but The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookthere is a fee for parking.

Fay Slough Wildlife Area - Humboldt County Neil Manji
601 Locust Street Redding, CA 96001 Ph: (707) 445-6493





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