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.

The City Hall is Open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Closed from 12-1 for lunch).


Public Notice 

Council Vacancy

There is one (1) vacancy on the Blue Lake City Council. 

To be considered for appointment to the Blue Lake City Council, interested applicants must be registered voters within the City of Blue Lake. 

All interested applicants must complete an application, which can be found online at: www.bluelake.ca.gov or at City Hall. 

Voter registration will be confirmed prior to applications taken out. 

Applications must be returned to the City Clerk at City Hall by Friday, June 16, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Interviews and Appointments will be conducted at the regular City Council Meeting to occur on June 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Skinner Store building – 111 Greenwood Rd. 


Questions can be made to the City Clerk at: 707.668.5655 or by emailing cityclerk@bluelake.ca.gov


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.

The new Economic Development Commission will be meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Skinner Store (111 Greenwood Rd., Blue Lake - behind City Hall) The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Economic Development Commission will be on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. The agenda for this meeting can be found at the bottom of the page no later than the Friday before the meeting.


City of Blue Lake Quick Links


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

Planning Commission

 2016-2017 Budget Job Opportunities Contact Us 


Budget FY 16-17

The annual budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 was approved at the Council meeting on July 12, 2016. 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 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 2016 Flood Hazard Data directly from the FEMA website, please click here. You can also click here for panel 713 and 694 of the 2016 Blue Lake Flood 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.