From the fresh catches of salmon, tuna, and crab to the splash of pelicans diving, here you can soak in the distinctive sights, sounds and feel of a vibrant commercial marina. Enjoy panoramic views of the bay, see the sunset, or watch the fresh catch transported from boat to market. It’s all here at Woodley Island.
Centrally located in Humboldt Bay, Woodley Island offers an attractive mix of natural and marina environments and is home to the biggest marina in the area, the Woodley Island Marina.
Accessible by boat, bike, or car, stop by and walk along the waterfront embarcadero. If you’re looking for a drink or a meal, Cafe Marina provides excellent food served indoors or on the sunny patio. Charter services, sport fishing and rental facilities all offer a chance to explore more of the Bay. While visiting, be sure to check out the popular landmark statue called The Fisherman, plus the Table Bluff Lighthouse dating from 1892. It is a destination worthy of a passport stamp (which you can get at the Marina office).
The marina supports a bustling commercial fishing industry and provides slips for commercial, research, and recreational vessels. Several Humboldt State University vessels, including the research boat, the Coral Sea call this marina home. For more information regarding the Marina, docking, and maritime activities see our Woodley Island Marina page.
As a part of the City of Eureka, the Island is where the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District, the National Weather Service Forecast, Coast Guard, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Eureka Field Station are located. In addition to the marina, the island has a protected nature reserve called the Gerald O. Hansen Wildlife Area, managed by the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District.
Plans for new restaurant, perhaps an oyster bar, and a seafood market are in the works, so be sure to check back for new opportunities to taste and experience the Bay’s working waterfront!