Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl

PHOTO: Cathy Harrington

PHOTO: Mark Larson


The Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl is a non-competitive open water swim to benefit local charities caring for wild and domestic animals.

‚ÄčThe event consists of 2 current assisted swims beginning near the opening to bay. The short course, 0.7 mile swim ends at the Samoa boat ramp and campground. The long course, 4.5 mile swim continues along the Eureka city front to the Woodley Island Marina. The swim will be held this year on Sunday, July 23, 2016 to benefit the North Coast Marine Mammal Center in Crescent City.

‚ÄčThe North Coast Marine Mammal Center is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals along the northern most coast of California. Each year the NMMC responds to hundreds of calls about distressed marine mammals, transporting sick and injured animals to their volunteer run facility in Crescent City. The cost of feeding seals and sea lions ranges from $7-15 per animal, per day, in addition to housing, medical care, and transport, among other expenses. All donations made to sponsor our swim will directly benefit the NMMC.

Last year 26 swimmers enjoyed an invigorating swim our beautiful bay. Collectively we raised over $5,000! If you wish to participate this year and/or make a donation, please visit our fundraising page at