King Tides are coming on Friday, Dec. 23 & Saturday, Jan. 21. To get involved, all you need is a camera or a smartphone. Submit your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Photo: Waves crash over the South I Street parking lot  and boat ramp at the Arcata Marsh, Jan. 3, 2022. Photo by Kristen Orth-Gardinier.
These tides are predicted to peak at 8.7' the North Spit tide gage at 10:44 a.m. on Dec. 23 and at 10:33 a.m. on Jan. 21 (check your favorite tide tables or NOAA’s tide predictions for various locations). Corresponding very low tides ("minus tides") mean excellent late-afternoon tidepooling in Trinidad!
Be very cautious of rising water, eroding shorelines, and flooded roadways.
By capturing images of these extreme high tides, scientists and planners hope to gain insight into how rising sea levels will impact coastal areas in the future. The King Tides Photo Initiative is a great opportunity to contribute to a long-term dataset, while helping inform residents and decisionmakers about the need to plan for the coming changes to our natural and built environments.
Recommended locations to observe high tides include:
  • Halvorsen Park and the F Street boardwalk in Eureka 
  • Eureka Slough behind Target: This site has a pole with water level measurements, and a sign showing current projections of sea level rise.
  • 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
  • Fields Landing and King Salmon. 
The tides in these locations vary in both height and peak time. Check your favorite tide tables or NOAA’s tide predictions for various locations. 
You can check out past King Tides Photos on our Humboldt Bay King Tides Photo album.