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).


NEW CANNABIS REGULATIONS - The City of Blue Lake has recently adopted Ordinance No. 526 regarding Personal Cultivation Regulations within the City of Blue Lake as well as Resolution No. 1100 regarding the permitting process in order to personally grow Cannabis in your home. Hard copies are available at City Hall. 


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, December 19, 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

 2017-2018 Budget Job Opportunities Contact Us 


Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for City Architect

The City of Blue Lake has published an RFQ for a City Architect. Please click here for information. The Closing date is December 1, 2017 All inquiries should be done via email to: citymanager@bluelake.ca.gov.

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 2017-18 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.