King Tides are the highest tides of the year which happen during full or new moons around the winster solstice. They provide a glimpse into the future, when higher tides will become more frequent as sea level rises.

On the north end of Eureka, along Eureka Slough just behind Target, there's a pole showing the height of the water level. And there's a sign explaining the relationship between certain water levels and scientific projections of sea level rise.

On Tues. and Wed. (Nov. 26-27), the first “King Tides” of this winter will coincide with a winter storm, which could lead to coastal flooding. Be very cautious of rising water, eroding shoreline, flooded roadways, and high winds. 

Baykeeper volunteers have been documenting King Tides since 2011. To get involved, all you need is a camera or a smartphone. Submit photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo: Arcata's Wastewater Treatment Facility, 12-14-16. Photo by Rich Ridenhour.