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.


For Public Works Emergencies, please call: 707-702-1014.

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


Wastewater Treatment Facility Tours

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 12 noon and 2 p.m.

Free to the Public! Meet at the Wastewater Treatement Facility gate behind the Casino.  

Questions? Contact City Hall at 707-668-5655.


City of Blue Lake Quick Links


Regular Council Agend         2013-2018 Strategic Plan Sewer System Management Plan
Council Agenda Packets Public Safety Commission

Planning Commission

 2014-2015 Budget Job Opportunities Contact Us 


Budget FY 15-16

The annual budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 was approved at the Council meeting on June 23, 2015. To view the approved budget, click here and follow the link.

Water Restrictions

For information on current emergency water restrictions, please click here.

Consumer Confidence Report

Please click here for the 2014 City of Blue Lake Consumer Confidence Report - Water Quality Report 

Dog Licensing

Dog Licenses for 2016-17 are now available. Click here for more information. 

FEMA Flood Hazard Data

To view the Preliminary Flood Hazard Data directly from the FEMA website, please click here. You can also click here for panel 713 and 694 of the Blue Lake Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map of the Blue Lake area. These hard copy maps are also available at City Hall.

2013 SCO Government Compensation Report

To veiw the 2013 SCO Government Compensation Report, please click here.

Strategic Growth Council (SGC) Grant

To view more information on the Strategic Growth Council Grant through the Sustainable Communities Planning and Incentives Grant Program, please click here.