The Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, once a seasonal food-gathering site for the Wiyote Indians and later, during World War II, a Coast Guard surveillance outpost, is now a multi-recreational park that attracts not only OHV enthusiasts, but also hikers, surfers, beachcombers and fishing enthusiasts from throughout the region. This is also access to the north jetty (see dolos in pic). Link to BLM site map
Birds: Look out beyond the ocean waves for brown pelicans and Brandt's cormorants. Northern harriers can often be seen as they glide in and out of willow thickets in the small freshwater wetlands. The willow thickets are home to song sparrows and savannah sparrows. The wetlands attract great blue herons and ducks.
OHV: Facilities include an unloading ramp, restroom, tables, cooking grills and a scenic overlook, easy access to 140 acres of "open" terrain, containing numerous trails and the beach strand. And an additional new 75-acre riding area that extends about 1 mile north of the park.
The rest of the beach and dunes along the peninsula are closed to vehicle use, except by special permit from the county.