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Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Located on the beautiful Eureka waterfront across from Woodley Island Marina, the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC) is a multipurpose facility dedicated to providing boating safety, outdoor recreation and educational opportunities for the local community, HSU students and staff and beyond Humboldt County.




Our services include a full-scale aquatic equipment rental program, activities such as scenic tours, classes and group educational outings about the local wildlife, Humboldt Bay and water safety. HBAC provides rooms to rent for conferences, classes, receptions, and a variety of other events. Contact Us for more information. Find us on FaceBook!


Facility Room Rental


The Aquatic Center provides rooms to rent for conferences, classes, receptions, and a variety of other events. Read more.


Aquatic Gear Rental


We've got kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards. Rent a boat and set on an adventure or let us teach you. Read more.


Aquatic Adventures


Come explore the many waterways of Humboldt County, and experience each location on a different watercraft! Go paddling on Humboldt Bay, try a canoe at the Mad River Slough, go sailing out in Big Lagoon, and discover the rivers of the North Coast by raft. No matter how you choose to experience Humboldt, an adventure with Center Activities and the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, will provide a safe and enjoyable experience lead by our skilled and knowledgeable instructors.


Our group activites are offered at great prices and get you on on the water, enjoying nature and making new friends. We are happy to help plan your custom trip. Please fill out our Personalize Trip Request Form for more information and pricing!


Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center is the regional boating safety center for the North Coast and is supported by the California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways. The Division allocates funds for boating facilities, boating safety education and boating law enforcement throughout California. Center Activities’ aquatics equipment inventory is also funded by Boating & Waterways to enhance boating safety education in Northern California.


Water Safety Requirements: To participate in any Aquatics class you must be "water safe". You must have the ability to swim a short distance using any stroke and be able to tread water for five minutes.


Working Partnerships


In partnership with HSU’s Extended Education program and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), HBAC is also home to over 150 classes per year with topics ranging from Shakespeare to gardening. Information on OLLI and Extended Education classes, can be found at and


HSU Women's Rowing


The HBAC is also proud to house the 2012 and 2014 NCAA Division II national women’s rowing champions. The boat storage, locker rooms, and training room serve as the on-water headquarters for the Humboldt State University Intercollegiate women’s rowing team. More information on the women’s rowing team is available at

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