The Klamath National Forest is located in the northwestern part of California.
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About the Area

The Klamath National Forest is roughly 120 miles wide and 75 miles long.  The area and the communities are varied in their elevations, temperature ranges and size.  The four communities listed below are home to the Forest Supervisor's office and the three District Ranger Offices. 

YREKA, California (pronounced Y-Reeka) has been designated as 48th in the top one-hundred small communities in the U.S. and is located twenty-two miles south of the California/Oregon border along Interstate 5. Yreka is a quiet little city located in an area rich in history and generous in natural resources, nestled in the northern most corner of the majestic Shasta Valley.  Serving as the county seat of Siskiyou County, geographically the fifth largest county in the state, Yreka is the largest full service community between Ashland, Oregon and Redding, California. A population base of 7000 provides support for professional services, medical facilities, all governmental offices and a full range of retail businesses which make Yreka the trade center for the county.  Yreka is abundant in its intrinsic beauty and enjoys the diversity of all four seasons. Yreka is home to several retail shopping areas, many restaurants, auto service stores and 14 motels.  Several primary and secondary schools, a high school, and a modern hospital are located in Yreka.  A two year Community College maintains a satellite campus in Yreka and the main campus in Weed is about 30 minutes away. Housing costs vary depending on location, residence size, and property, averaging $180,000-$250,000 for a typical 3 bedroom home on a city parcel. Medford, Oregon is an easy 45 minute drive and has a full array of large retail and warehouse shopping centers and home improvement centers. The airport in Medford is full service. 

Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant and include fishing, hunting, camping, boating, whitewater rafting, Nordic and Alpine skiing, golf, and just about any other outdoor activity imaginable.

Two ski parks, Mt. Ashland and Mt. Shasta, are each about 1 hour away. Several golf courses are within Siskiyou County and nearby counties. The coast and beaches are about 3 hours away. Trout, salmon and steelhead fishing are nearby. Duck and goose viewing and hunting occur in the nearby Klamath Basin and Tulelake Wildlife Refuge. Two large reservoirs, Shasta and Trinity Lakes, are about 1 hour away. Cultural events include Siskiyou Performing Arts in Yreka, the nationally acclaimed Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, OR. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument and Lava Beds National Monument are about 1 1/2 hours away.

The Salmon/Scott Ranger District’s main office is in the community of FORT JONES which is a community of about 700 people and is located 20 miles south of Yreka, California which has a population of approximately 7000. Nestled in the rugged mountains of Northern California near the Oregon border, both Fort Jones and the Scott Valley boast a frontier charm. Visitors to the historic towns of Fort Jones and Etna experience the quiet rhythms of rural life and the friendly manner of country shop-keepers. Local folks are known for their plucky independence and entrepreneurial spirit. The valley has a warm sense of community. 

Most Scott River and Salmon River employees live in either Scott Valley or the Yreka area, both providing "full services". Scott Valley is a small, rural area dependent on agriculture and forest products. It encompasses several small communities, the largest being Etna and Fort Jones. The total population is about 5,000, much of which commutes to Yreka for work. Scott Valley is primarily served by Highway 3, connecting it to Yreka about 30 minutes away.

Yreka High School serves the Yreka area. Etna High School serves the Scott Valley area. There are several elementary and middle schools within these areas. College of the Siskiyous, a two year
community college, is located in Weed with a satellite campus in Yreka.

Fairchild Medical Center is located in Yreka. There are several private doctor and dentist practices, including several specialties. There are also some family clinics in the area including Scott Valley Rural Health Clinic. Scott Valley offers a basic selection of automotive, motels, restaurants, banking, food and hardware stores and services. Additional choices and specialty stores are 1 to 1 1/2 hours away at Ashland, Medford and Redding. The airport in Medford is full service.

The Yreka and Scott Valley areas have a variety of housing opportunities and several local real estate firms in the area. Housing costs vary depending on location, residence size, and property, averaging $150,000-$250,000 for a typical 3 bedroom home on a city parcel. Rental housing for a typical 3 bedroom home starts at about $1000/month.  There is limited public transportation, including County buses and private taxi.

Year-round access is provided from Medford and Yreka via paved highway, Interstate 5 and State Highway 3. The climate is generally mild. Rainfall averages nearly 22 inches per year.  Summer temperatures range from 75 F to 105 F with low humidity.  Winter temperatures range from 15 F to 60 F. Temperatures below 15 F are very rare. Snowfall in the valley is normally light and of short duration.

Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant and include fishing, hunting, camping, boating, whitewater rafting, Nordic and Alpine skiing, golf, and just about any other outdoor activity imaginable.
Two ski parks, Mt. Ashland and Mt. Shasta, are each about 1 hour away. Several golf courses are within Siskiyou County and nearby counties. The coast and beaches are only 3 hours away. Trout, salmon and steelhead fishing are nearby. Duck and goose viewing and hunting occur in the nearby Klamath Basin and Tulelake Wildlife Refuge. Two large reservoirs, Shasta and Trinity Lakes, are about 1 hour away. Cultural events include Siskiyou Performing Arts in Yreka, the nationally acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR and the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, OR. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument and Lava Beds National Monument are about 1 1/2 hours away.

HAPPY CAMP, California a community of about 1,000 people, is located 70 miles west of Yreka, California, 104 miles south and west of Medford, Oregon, and 40 miles south of O'Brien, Oregon. The elevation 1080 feet.  Year-round access is provided from Medford and Yreka via paved highway, Interstate 5 and State Highway 96. During the summer months (May-October), Happy Camp is accessible via 40 miles of paved road from O'Brien and Cave Junction, Oregon, located on Highway 199.

There are public schools in Happy Camp for all grades, kindergarten through the twelfth grade. School bus service to and from school is provided for children living in most outlying districts.

A three-thousand foot asphalt runway and airport are available and suitable for small airplanes during daylight hours. The nearest regularly scheduled bus line is located in Yreka.  Medical services are available in Happy Camp as well as a local ambulance service.  Redding Medical's air ambulance will  transport patients by air to Medford, Oregon, Redding, California.

Other facilities and services available in Happy Camp include automotive service and repair shops, restaurants, motels, river boat guide services, markets, hardware store, clothing store and various other businesses.

Recreational activities include hunting big game animals such as elk, blacktail deer and black bear and fishing for salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout. Other activities include local festivities, camping, hiking, rafting, and rock-hounding, and the annual "Big Foot" day held on Labor Day weekend.

The following church services are available: Happy Camp Community Bible Church, Catholic, Lutheran, Jehovah's Kingdom Hall, and Latter Day Saints.

Approximately 3.5 miles south of MACDOEL, CA in the Butte Valley is the Forest Service Office for the Goosenest Ranger District.   The office is 35 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon and 15 miles south of Dorris, California. The total population of Butte Valley is 2,500.

The Goosenest Ranger District administers 341,000 acres of the total 514,000 acres within the district boundary. Of the remaining acreage, the Butte Valley National Grassland, designated in 1991, is on 18,500 acres, while the Bureau of Land Management administers 5,000 acres. There is about 150,000 acres of private land within the ranger district boundary.

The district enjoys sunshine on the average 275 days per year. The elevation is 4,300 feet which produces a high, dry climate. Winter snowfall is normally light and melts quickly. The average annual temperature is 48 degrees F and average annual precipitation is 14 inches, The average high temperature in July is 80 degrees F, with the average low in January 22 degrees F.

Under grazing permits, numerous cattle ranches run about 3,500 head of cattle on the district, including the Butte Valley National Grassland.

Recreational opportunities and facilities are abundant in the Butte Valley. The Goosenest Ranger District has 3 campgrounds. The most popular is Juanita Lake, covering 40 acres with 23 units, Martin’s Dairy and Shafter Campgrounds are also available on the district. Medicine Lake, east of the district on the Modoc National Forest, covers 600 acres with 73 campsites available. These Forest Service campgrounds are usually crowded in the summer and fall months. They are on a first-come, first-served basis and no reservations are required.

The wide variety of wildlife draws a large number of hunters to our area. Mule and black-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt Elk, along with bands of antelope, are seen throughout the year. Butte Valley lies in the major stopping off place for the waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway. At the peak of migration (October), the numbers of waterfowl are estimated between 3 to 4 million. The Lower Klamath Refugee (bordering the District) and the Butte Valley Wildlife Area are 2 of the wildlife refuges in our area. Bird watchers and photographers enjoy Canada Geese, many species of ducks, bald and golden eagles, goshawks and swans, just to name a few.