Tolowa Dunes State Park

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Tolowa Dunes State Park
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Tolowa Dunes State Park, August 2016
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Location Del Norte County, California, United States
Nearest city Crescent City
Coordinates 41°52′N124°12′W / 41.867°N 124.200°W / 41.867; -124.200 Coordinates: 41°52′N124°12′W / 41.867°N 124.200°W / 41.867; -124.200
Area4,000 acres (16 km2)
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Tolowa Dunes State Park is a 4,000-acre (16 km2) California State Park located in Del Norte County, on the North Coast of California. [1] [2]

The park encompasses Lake Earl, Lake Tolowa, and a significant portion of the relatively large coastal plain around them including Yontocket, California.

Tolowa Dunes State Park is a sanctuary for bird life. It is easily reached by US 101, and is just north of Crescent City.

The name refers to the Tolowa people, an indigenous peoples of California tribe whose homeland was in the area, and relatively undisturbed previous to American colonization in the 1850s.

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  1. "Tolowa Dunes State Park". California Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  2. "Tolowa Dunes State Park". Redwood Parks Conservancy. Retrieved July 2, 2022.