Lakes Earl and Tolowa, just north of Crescent City,
California, are large 'just inland' lakes.
They maintain thier level by using the beach as a
dam, and then by breaching the sand and lowering
themselves. Lake elevation ranges from +2'
to +8' or more.
The Put-In is at the Narrows,
where there is never any mud. The narrows
is located where Lake Earl becomes Lake Tolowa.
It is the deepest water in the lagoon and the
bank drops off at nice angle, regardless
of water depth.
Access is via the village of
Fort Dick. From Fort Dick take Morehead Rd
west until it stops at Lower Lake Rd. Turn
right on Lower Lake Rd. and take the first left
onto Kellogg Rd. Just before reaching the
ocean turn left on Tell Blvd. and follow Tell
Blvd. to the end where there is a choice of two
gravel roads leading to the narrows and the
Tell Blvd. is an interesting road.
When you look at the maps you think that this
area is heavily populated. Reality is
exactly the opposite. There are perhaps 4
ramshackle residences at the most, the roads
have potholes. It is a development that
never happened. On the other hand...the
put-in is very convenient.