CDFW to Hold Public Awareness Meeting on Earl’s Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in Del Norte County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold an in-person public outreach meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 to seek input on management of the Earl’s Lake Wildlife Area in Del Norte County. Topics to be discussed include public access, habitat conditions, current and future restoration efforts.

Members of the public and partner organizations are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Howonquet Hall and Community Center, 101 Indian Court, Smith River, CA. The meeting will also be accessible virtually via the Microsoft Teams platform. Please email CDFW Northern Region Lands and Wildlife Program Supervisor Shawn Fresz at [email protected] for a link to the meeting and instructions for submitting comments and questions.

Earl’s Lake is a 6,100 acre wildlife area that borders the Pacific Ocean. The sand dunes that extend inland are covered with scattered beach grasses and other vegetation. The area encompasses Earl and Tolowa lakes, two lagoons connected by a deep channel known as “The Narrows” and bordered by saltwater and freshwater marshes. Earl’s Lake is the largest coastal lagoon on the West Coast. Further inland, the area ends in upland fields and forest of Sitka spruce and pine. Some of the various wildlife species found in the areas include quails, grouse, web-backed webs, western grebes, coastal black-tailed deer, and beavers.

Popular recreational activities in Earl’s Lake Wildlife Preserve include fishing, boating, hiking, bird watching, and waterfowl hunting.

CDFW Photo of an American Wigeon

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Media contacts:
Shawn Fresz, CDFW North Region, (707) 601-6281
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858