About 6 hours north of San Francisco on Highway 101, travelers will come to a spot known as Stone Lagoon. There isn’t much in the way of commerce, but there is plenty to do if one enjoys nature and the outdoors. Most impressive about this area, aside from the amazing redwoods that reach nearly to the Pacific Ocean is a herd of Roosevelt elk that make their home in the forests and meadows of this temperate northern California location near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Even if you don’t live just a short hour’s time from the location, as this Examiner does, it’s definitely worth the drive.
Learn more about Praire Creek Redwoods State Park
Grazing along Highway 101 in wetlands and meadows between Trinidad and Orick, is a herd of Roosevelt elk, also known as Olympic elk. These are the largest of the elk species and are located throughout the Pacific Northwest. In honor of his efforts to save the elk, the Roosevelt elk was named after former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt is often remembered as being an avid outdoorsman and conservationist.
Before making the trip to this part of northern California to view the elk in their natural habitat, spend some time getting younger travelers acquainted with the large member of the deer family. There are plenty of children’s books available for readers of all ages about the elk; here are some the San Francisco Children’s Fiction Examiner recommends.
Grandfather Big Elk: An Omaha Chief: Witigon Onphontonga by Katharine Sires (Jackeyed Dog Press, 2010)
The Year at Elk Meadow by Jackie Gilmore
The Wild Life of Elk by Donna Love and Christina Wald
Wolf vs. Elk (Predators vs. Prey) by Mary Meinking
Ancient Elk Hunt: An Adventure Up North by G.M. Moore
Elk by JoAnn Early Macken (Also available in Spanish)
Elk (Northern Trek) by Scott Wrobel