Community Organizations, Groups & Programs

Blue Lake Museum Society – 707/668-4188
Society members support Blue Lake Museum activities though docent activities, fundraising luncheons held in April and October at the Mad River Grange and sales of the Blue Lake Museum Society Cookbook. For more information about membership contact the museum at the number listed above.

Blue Lake, P.O. Box 428, 428 Chartin Road, 707/668-5101, e-mail:

Blue Lake Rancheria is a Sovereign Indian Nation located adjacent to the City of Blue Lake.  We are dedicated to the education, self-confidence, and upward mobility of our Tribal Members.  We are a Wiyot Tribe located in the historic Wiyot territory.  Our members are Wiyot, Tolowa, Hupa, Kuruk, Yurok, Redwood Creek, and Cherokee Indians.  Our Tribal Business Committee and the General Council have placed providing education and social services as a priority for our Tribal Members and the Blue Lake Community as a whole.  Since the end of 1983, we have worked hard in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy to become one of the most respected and prosperous Tribes in Northern California.

Blue Lake Rancheria Community Services

The following services are provided to community members, living on or near the Rancheria.

Elder Nutrition Program
The Elder Nutrition Program serves free hot and frozen meals five days a week to Native elders living in Humboldt and Trinity Counties.  The same service is available to non-Native elders for a nominal fee.  

Blue Lake Rancheria School Lunch Program
The Blue Lake Rancheria Nutrition Program cooks hot breakfasts and lunches for the children attending Blue Lake Union Elementary School and provides a free afternoon snack program for all children in the service area in three locations.  During the summer months, the Rancheria provides free breakfasts and lunches in two separate locations on and near the Rancheria.

Blue Lake Rancheria & City of Blue Lake Transit Authority
The Transit authority consists of a Transit line between Blue Lake and Arcata daily, a Dial-a-Ride Bus that runs Monday through Friday, and a free Casino Shuttle that runs seven days a week, every hour, between 3:00 pm and midnight.  The Transit is available to Tribal members, Elders, high school students, and disabled persons for free or a reduced fee.

Churches & Faith-based Organizations

  • Blue Lake Community Church, 440 Wahl Street, 707/668-4212
  • First Presbyterian Church of Blue Lake, 241 H Street, for more information contact Art Jones at 707/668-5644 or Homer Leach at 707/668-5345 
  • Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, (a mission church of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Arcata), at the corner of Greenwood Avenue & A Street, 707/ 822-7696


Dell'Arte 131 H Street, PO Box 816, 707/668-5663, email –

Dell'Arte International is a multi-faceted theatre organization based in Blue Lake's historic Odd Fellow Hall at First Avenue and H Street. The building has been renovated to welcome theatre patrons to the 106 seat Carlo Theatre and the 350 seat (on the grass) Rooney amphitheatre. Click on the link above to visit the Dell'Arte website.
The Dell'Arte Company, an award-winning professional theatre company, tours original productions to the region, the nation and the world.  The Company pioneered "Theatre of Place", theatre inspired by the history, characters, legends, and issues of this place but enjoyable to audiences worldwide. 
The Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre is a professional actor-training conservatory that offers the only MFA in Ensemble Theatre, and a one-year certificate program.  Students from all over the world attend the school; because of this, Blue Lake is known in many countries.
The Dell'Arte Youth Academy provides curriculum-based drama programs to area schools, as well as after school and summer youth theatre programs. 
Dell'Arte presents the month long Mad River Festival in Blue Lake each summer, including the Blue Lake Pageant, a mask, music and pageantry event that culminates Blue Lake's Annie & Mary Day celebration each year. 
Dell'Arte staff and students are very engaged in the Blue Lake community.  As one of Blue Lake's largest employers and with 45 students annually, Dell'Arte contributes to the local economy.  In addition, students are required to contribute community service hours, helping at the Blue Lake Grange and many area non-profits. 
To the extent that Blue Lake is known for "clowns in the streets", Dell'Arte is the source.

Friends of the Annie & Mary Rail-trail – 707/668-5066
The Annie & Mary Rail-trail is a conceptual trail that runs from Arcata to Korbel, through the City of Blue Lake.  The trail will follow the Arcata and Mad River rail line historical corridor.

The Arcata & Mad River (affectionately known as the Annie & Mary) is 6.8 miles in length where it leaves Arcata to its terminus in Korbel.  The line is owned by the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA), which hopes to someday restore service to Korbel.  In the meanwhile a group of citizens from Blue Lake, Arcata and the surrounding areas have joined together to form the Friends of the Annie & Mary Rail-trail; the goal of the Friends is to support the development of the historical corridor into a multi use non motorized vehicular rail-trail through outreach and fundraising.

The Annie & Mary is one of the oldest rail lines west of the Rockies; there is a historical plaque stating its significance behind the Blue Lake Museum on Railroad Avenue.  Along with preserving this historical corridor the development of the trail would also provide safe walking and biking routes to schools, would provide citizens the opportunity to commute to Arcata safely on their bicycles and would provide citizens with a beautiful outdoor recreation opportunity along the Mad River.

For more information about the Annie & Mary and the Friends please contact Ingrid Kosek at 668-5066

Green Waste Days
The City of Blue Lake offers free Green Waste disposal to its residents at various times throughout the year.  You will find Notice of upcoming Green Waste Disposal Days on your monthly water/sewer bills.  For additional information contact City Hall at 707/668-5655.

Mad River Grange - 110 Hatchery Road, P.O. Box 2, 707/668-1906
The Grange is a non-profit organization that supports youth and family programs and contributes to local organizations and community needs through service and donations.  Memberships are available for a $3 enrollment fee and $20 annual dues. The annual fee is prorated quarterly at the time of joining in the first year. Business meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. with a potluck dinner at 6pm.
A fund-raising Community Breakfast is offered on the second Sunday of each month, from 8am-11am.  Breakfast with your choice of eggs, ham, sausage, toast, pancakes, coffee, tea & orange juice is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 – 12, under 6 are free. The Grange has several annual events, including a Pumpkin Festival in October, A Holiday Community Carol night of singing in December and a welcome dinner for new Dell 'Arte students each year, among others.
The building, which has a full kitchen, is available for rental for community meetings, community events, and family gatherings.

Blue Lake Garbage Company, 707-844-3503. For curbside recycling Blue Lake Garbage Company will provide twice monthly pick up service for all customers every other Monday or Tuesday of each month, corresponding with the regular garbage pick-up day (garbage pick-up is weekly). Residents can arrange to participate in this program by calling the Blue Lake Garbage Company at 707-844-3503 to receive recycling containers for curbside pickup.   For additional recycling information please visit: or call: 707/268-2225.

St. Joseph Hospital Health System/Blue Lake Family Resource Center & First Five, 111 Greenwood Avenue (Skinner Store), P.O. Box 458, 707/668-4281, 707/668-4285(fax)

Geared toward providing various services for all members of the community, and of all ages, the community resource center offers referral information, classes, support groups and workshops for all community members.  Here you’ll find information to help you meet your food, housing and transportation needs, as well as, assistance in completing job applications, resume preparation, and computer, copier & fax machine access. 

The center sponsors quarterly senior luncheons, senior health clinics & Humboldt County Department of Health outreach clinics for flu shots and other community health needs.  In addition, the center hosts a children’s community garden and co-sponsors a playgroup for parents and children ages 0-5. 

To meet our goal in creating a healthy community for all, we are dedicated to promoting and supporting personal access to physical, emotional and spiritual care. For more information, or to access our many services, please contact us. We are open Open Monday - Wednesday 9am -6pm and Friday, 9am - 3pm.