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Clam Beach offers miles of uncrowded, sandy beach to explore -- great for beach combing or leisurely walks.

Photo © Joy Adams

Clam Beach is located 7 1/2 miles north of Arcata where the mouth of the Mad River meets the Pacific Ocean. Very few parks in California allow camping right on the beach, but Clam Beach County Park is one of them. A wide and long stretch of flat shoreline, Clam Beach is part of a continuous ocean frontage that connects with Mad River Beach County Park to the south and Little River State Beach to the north.

Recreational Opportunities

Beach combing; Clamming; Fishing; Picnicking; Camping

Length of Stay: 3 days
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted for campgrounds. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Day Use: Free
Camping: $12 (see campground host)
Boat Launch: NO
Bike Trails: NO
Dogs: OK
Horses: OK
Host: YES
Tent Sites: 12
RV Spaces: 15
Cook Fires: OK in metal rings or barbecues
Beach Fires: OK (some restrictions apply)
Firewood: Sold by campground host when available
Toilets: Vault Toilets (ADA compliant)

Seasons Accessible

Year round

Fees: Day Use: Free Camping: $12

For More Information, Contact:

Humboldt County Parks

1106 2nd Street, Eureka, CA 95501

Rich wrote on September 10, 2015: everybody on my side of the campsite had something stolen. The constant smell of dope and various dirtbags walking around. Guard your gear and be aware if you camp here. Very beautiful thou

Brooke wrote on July 02, 2014: Camping fees at Clam Beach are $15.00 per night.

Tim Daniels wrote on August 21, 2011: Though there are no bike trails on clam beach (it's deep soft sand) The Hammond Coastal Trail actually starts at Clam Beach and runs all the way into the Arcata Bottoms.

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of National Geographic.

Longitude: -124.120101900
Latitude: 40.996224900
Elevation: -2 FT (-1 M)
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