Crescent City is located in the heart of some of Northern California's most beautiful country where there are almost limitless recreation opportunities. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Redwood National and State Parks, the Smith and Klamath Rivers, and the Smith River National Recreation Area on the other, outdoor lovers will find Crescent City Harbor a virtual paradise.
Crescent City Harbor is one of California's wettest spots, with annual rainfall of about 70 inches (1800 millimeters), most of which falls in the winter months from October to March. The average high temperature in August is 19 °C (67 °F). The average low temperature in January is 12 °C (53 °F).
Crescent City Harbor's Redwood National Park is world famous for the grand and ancient redwoods that shelter elk and provide nesting space for endangered murrelets' keer. Redwood National Park offers developed campgrounds and isolated backcountry camping. From the Klamath River Overlook, visitors can watch gray whales as the migrate to/from northern seas in November/December and March/April. There is also a resident population that can be seen any time of year. Other good spots for whale watching in the Redwood National Park include Crescent Beach Overlook, High Bluff Overlook, Wilson Creek, Gold Bluffs Beach, and the Thomas H. Kutchel Visitor Center.
Members of the Tolowa and Yurok tribes who have lived in the Crescent City Harbor area for countless generations present dance demonstrations in the park each summer. The Tolowa do a renewal dance at the Jedediah Smith picnic area, and the Yurok do a traditional brush dance at the Kutchel Visitor Center. The Redwood National and State Parks offer an amazing diversity of life. In addition to some of the most majestic forests in the world, Douglas fir, black bears, gray whales, and sea anemones are at home with the redwoods. In addition to camping, visitors can enjoy hiking, backcountry exploration, kayaking, bicycling, horseback riding, and horse packing.