About Blue Lake

Though founded years earlier, the city itself was incorporated in 1910 and has a current estimated population of 1135 living in an area of around .6 square miles. The city has a small downtown business district as well as an industrial park, but most residents are employed outside of town, primarily in the nearby cities of Arcata and Eureka.

The city does offer a small café, bar, bed & breakfast inn, brewery, and spa with overnight accommodations. In addition, there is a well-maintained park with modern children’s play area. The city can be considered a gateway to the Mad River Fish Hatchery just 2 miles southwest of town.

The City of Blue Lake is located in the Mad River Valley 300 miles north of San Francisco in Humboldt County, California. Due to the construction of a levee, the Mad River no longer floods the adjacent lowlands so the “Lake” in Blue Lake has been reduced to a seasonal pond of 1 acre or so in size.



Annual Public Safety Meeting - on Access Humboldt

Portions of the Public Safety Annual Meeting that was held on January 21, 2015 are now on Access Humboldt, Suddenlink channel 10. You can also view this video online here.


FEMA Flood Hazard Data

to view the Preliminary Flood Hazard Data, please click here.


For Public Works Emergencies, please call: 707-268-7431.

To report Non-Emergency Criminal Activity, please call the Humboldt County Sheriff Dispatch: 707-445-7251.


City of Blue Lake Quick Links


Council Agenda  2013-2018 Strategic Plan Sewer System Management Plan
Council Agenda Packets Public Safety Commission Emergency Preparedness
Planning Commission Job Opportunities  2014-2015 Budget
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