Living on the Lost Coast

Located in the heart of California’s Lost Coast region

Shelter Cove is located behind the Redwood Curtain in the heart of California’s Lost Coast region and is a gateway to the famed Lost Coast Trail. Shelter Cove is remote with minimal modern road access – there is no road running along the coast to its north or south. Shelter Cove is surrounded by public lands of the King Range National Conservation Area and the Pacific Ocean providing rich wildlife habitat for a diverse amount of terrestrial and aquatic species. The area’s terrain is also diverse with steep mountain ridges, V-shaped valleys cut by fast moving streams, coastal prairies, rocky headlands, and black sand beaches.

Popular local nature related activities include ocean fishing & crabbing, hiking, backpacking, camping, tide pooling, beach combing, star gazing, and wildlife observation. Shelter Cove is home to an active art community with two art galleries and numerous community art events each year. The community also has local civic groups that organize & host golf, pickleball, and other sporting events and competitions.


Shelter Cove culture tends to be relaxed

Shelter Cove culture tends to be relaxed, as many people who come to visit or reside here are looking for a laid-back coastal experience. Shelter Cove is far from most services found in larger communities, but it has all of the core services one would need to live and thrive here including local groceries, restaurants, coffee shop, hotels, and a boat launching service.

Shelter Cove provides ocean access and is the only deep-water port between Fort Bragg and Humboldt Bay. Commercial and sport fishing access ocean resources throughout the year to provide some of the best crab, rockfish, salmon, and tuna found on the California Coast.