In early January, extreme high tides (known as King Tides) coincided with a major storm, resulting in many dramatic images submitted by volunteers that reveal the vulnerability of roads, bridges, and other low-lying infrastructure around Humboldt Bay. 

To see some of the best submitted photos from the 2021-22 King Tides, check out our King Tides Photo Album 2021.

Photo: King Tide waves near the old railroad tracks across from the bay entrance (south of Elk River). Robin Gray-Stewart, 12-4-21.
By capturing images of these extreme high tides, we gain insights into how rising sea levels will impact coastal areas in the not-so-distant future. The King Tides Photo Initiative is a great opportunity for volunteers to contribute to a long-term dataset, while helping inform scientists, residents, and planners about the need to plan for the coming changes to our natural and built environments.
Some great spots to observe King Tides include: 

  • Halvorsen Park in Eureka 
  • Fisherman’s Statue on Woodley Island
  • Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mad River Slough Bridge on Highway 255 in Manila
  • Liscom Slough on Jackson Ranch Road in Arcata
  • King Salmon
Baykeeper volunteers have been documenting King Tides since 2011, collecting over 1,000 images. Check out some of the past photos on our Humboldt Bay King Tides Photo album.