Humboldt Bay 2: South Bay

Humboldt Bay Bird Refuge WI09-462

In my last post I gave a few brief comments on the South Spit of Humboldt Bay. In this post we will travel across the South Bay from the spit to the far south eastern portion of Humboldt Bay, where marshes and sloughs provide a little paradise for the areas feathered bipeds. The geography of the place is as follows:

The main attraction of this part of the bay is the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This is marsh land bisected by sloughs and ponds, and largely flooded in the winter months. It can be very green in spring and early summer, drier at other times of the year:

Birds and other wildlife are the chief attraction. Deer congregate in the area, and otters swim the sloughs and estuaries.

Next to the refuge is another stop-over place, Hookton Slough, a favorite place to dip one’s kayak into the bay and begin paddling about:

The southeastern marshlands of Humboldt Bay can be a pleasant place to spend the morning, while waiting for the sun to burn through the morning mists.