US Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay

District Eleven

1001 Lycoming Ave., McKinleyville, CA 95519
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US Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay is a United States Coast Guard Air Station, with command and primary assets located at the Arcata-Eureka Airport in McKinleyville, California, 16 miles north of Eureka in Humboldt County. The station is the site of the command center for all Coast Guard personnel stationed and assets located on the coasts of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Del Norte Counties. It is one of five air stations in the Eleventh Coast Guard District.

Air Station Humboldt Bay consists of 4 MH-65D helicopters and the primary mission is search and rescue (SAR). Most cases are dramatic and lifesaving in nature due to the rough seas and generally poor weather conditions prevalent on the northern California coast. The Air Station also provides MEDEVAC support for injured personnel in the surrounding mountains. Secondary missions include aerial support for Aids to Navigation, Maritime Law enforcement, and Marine Environmental Protection along 250 miles of rugged coastline from the Mendocino-Sonoma County line north to the California-Oregon border.


The Command Center located at CGAS Humboldt Bay monitors for distress 24 hours a day and directs Coast Guard boats and aircraft to respond to any maritime emergency in the region; along the coast, well offshore, or even inland. The Group / Air Station also works with many local, state and federal agencies as needed.


The Coast Guard has long had a presence on and about Humboldt Bay. Beginning in 1856 and continuing uninterrupted, the service has operated on Humboldt Bay and provided life-saving assistance on the Bay and all along the North Coast, out at sea and, as time went by, it has assisted other agencies, providing assistance in the interior in remote locations, on rivers and lakes and, especially, in mountainous terrain and in forests and related park and private lands as called upon.


On Humboldt Bay, the USCG has operated at the same site continuously at least since 1878 based at its historic facility, the Humboldt Bay Life-Saving Station. Even with a cutter based at Eureka’s docks and another at Crescent City, command in the modern era was split as air support was directed from San Francisco. However, on June 24, 1977 as the culmination of a multi-year initiative by local residents and groups to gain a year-round aviation search and rescue (SAR) facility for Northern California, the Coast Guard Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay was commissioned, complete with new assets, at the Arcata-Eureka Airport in McKinleyville, California.


Prior to 1977, an aviation detachment from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco provided air coverage during the summer season, but the response time of over two hours was not fast enough for victims to survive in the 40-50 degree water commonly found along the north coast. Originally named Air Station Arcata, the Group / Air Station was re-designated to its current name in May 1982. A modern $3.5 million facility constructed at the Arcata-Eureka Airport also relocated boat station command and control from the historic facility in Samoa to establish centralized command and control over all Coast Guard assets throughout the region.


Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay serves the public along 250 miles of rugged coastline from the Mendocino-Sonoma County line north to the California-Oregon border. Cold Pacific currents, powerful Alaskan winter storms, towering offshore rocks, fog, and dangerous harbor entrance bars consistently threaten commercial and recreational vessels operating in the area.



Station Humboldt Bay is primarily located at the Arcata-Eureka Airport in McKinleyville, CA.


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Humboldt County Schools
Arcata Elementary School
Sunny Brae Middle School
Eureka High School


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Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


Humboldt County Public Health (707) 445-6200
We provide clinical and preventive services and work with local health care providers and other community partners to connect people with the resources they need.


Humboldt County Department of Human Services (877) 410-8809
Providing services so that children and youth are able to live in safe, nurturing and permanent homes


Sequoia Humane Society (707) 442-1782
The Sequoia Humane Society is a no-kill shelter whose mission is to be a community leader in reducing pet overpopulation by providing a high-standard of care and through programs such as adoption, spay/neuter and education.


California Highway Patrol (707) 822-5981

Base Operator (707) 839-6103


On behalf of the Sector Housing Office, welcome to the Lost Coast.
The Sector Humboldt Bay Housing Office services members assigned to the following commands:
▪USCGC Dorado ▪USCGC Barracuda ▪Station Humboldt Bay ▪ANT Humboldt Bay ▪ESD Humboldt Bay ▪MSD Humboldt Bay ▪Station Noyo River
Upon receipt of orders to Sector Humboldt Bay or any of the outlining units.
Members (even those requesting release from government housing) are required to contact the Eureka Housing Office.


Be prepared to provide the following documentation prior to establishing contact with the Housing Office:
• Official orders • Application for Assignment to Military Housing, Form CG-5267
• BAH/Dependency form CG-4170A (Note: this form cannot be downloaded. It must be generated in Direct Access and then printed.


When providing this information, be sure to note whether you request assignment to Military Housing or release onto the economy.
As a reminder, Coast Guard Housing is now mandatory for all orders issued on or after October 1, 2013.


Assignments to housing units will be made based on family size where inventory permits, i.e. one bedroom per child.
When possible, options will be given for housing assignments and we strive to accommodate housing site preferences, but please understand we must make housing assignments based on availability.


Completed forms can emailed or faxed to the Eureka Housing Office.


The Eureka Housing Office is located on the property for quick and easy access.
Eureka’s housing site consists of 58 family units of sizes ranging from 2 – 4 bedrooms, 8 unaccompanied personnel units and 4 leased apartments in Crescent City.


•Eureka Housing Office: Phone: (707) 442-1473 or (707) 268-0658 Fax: (707) 442-0300
•Housing Officer: Phone: (707) 839-6160

Arcata – Humboldt, CA

Arcata is a town in California with a population of 17,814. Arcata is in Humboldt County. Living in Arcata offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Arcata there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Arcata and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Arcata are highly rated.

Myrtletown – Myrtletown, CA

Myrtletown is a town in California with a population of 5,145. Myrtletown is in Humboldt County. Living in Myrtletown offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Myrtletown there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Myrtletown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Myrtletown are above average.

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In Humboldt Bay, the summers are cool, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cold, wet, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 64°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 70°F.


The warm season lasts for 3.2 months, from July 7 to October 13, with an average daily high temperature above 62°F. The hottest day of the year is September 11, with an average high of 64°F and low of 50°F. The cool season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 28 to March 28, with an average daily high temperature below 56°F. The coldest day of the year is December 23, with an average low of 42°F and high of 54°F.


The wetter season lasts 6.1 months, from October 24 to April 27, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 46% on December 4. The drier season lasts 5.9 months, from April 27 to October 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on August 3.

In Humboldt, CA, the overall cost of living index is 111, which is 20% lower than the California average and 11% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Humboldt, CA, the city’s goods and services are 1% lower than the California average and 9% higher than the U.S. average.

Nature lover…sportsman…history buff…foodie…family traveler…patron of the arts. No matter what form your recreation takes, Humboldt County has something for you. Of course, your experience begins and ends with the Redwoods, but in between is a rich mosaic of public lands, beaches and waterways where outdoor adventures rule, and of picturesque small towns where the art of living is being perfected.


Resting on the edge of a beautiful enclosed bay, Eureka, California is a small city with a magnetic collection of cultural charms and an assortment of outdoor activities. The town is home to an array of stores, art galleries, and museums as well as several popular attractions such as Fort Humboldt State Historical Park, Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park and the Sequoia Park Zoo.


Perhaps one of the most impressive and unique things to see in Coastal California is the Coastal Redwood tree – the tallest tree in the world. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Hyperion? It’s the largest living known tree on planet Earth, at a height of 379.1 feet (115.5 meters), and it’s located in this very park.


Not too far away, Moonstone is another favorite and it’s easy to walk right out to. When the sun sets and the tide comes in, the reflections from all of the streams of water running into the ocean turn into a burst of color.

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