Area Status: Closed
Patrick Creek Campground and adjacent day use area have special charm, with rock walls, steps, and restrooms, and sunken campfire circle built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A short interpretive trail and exhibits tell of the river and its fish, the cultural history, and the geology of the area.
The campground is nestled among tall Douglas-fir trees at the confluence of Patrick Creek and the Middle Fork of Smith River. Huckleberries and other shrubs fill in the area between campsites. Highway 199 borders the north side.
The campsites are situated on a flat about 30 feet above the river. From the campground, the river can only be viewed from sites 7, 8, 9, and 12 looking down over a fence and vertical bank. Short trails provide access to the river.
At a Glance
||Expected open dates: 5/20 to 9/15, 2015.
||Available for dates 5/20 to 9/9, 2015. Reservations can be made at http://www.recreation.gov or by calling or by calling 877-444-6777.
||Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||$14, $5 Extra Vehicle Charge.
||Hospital, Crescent City, 40 minutes
||Drinking water available.
||A pass is not required. Passes Honored on the Smith River NRA:
Interagency Senior Pass: A lifetime pass for citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., age 62 or older. There is a one-time $10 fee.
Interagency Access Pass: A lifetime pass free to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have a permanent disability, regardless of age.
Golden Age Passports and Golden Access Passports: No longer issued but still honored.
Holders of the above passes receive a 50 % discount on camping fees on the Smith River NRA and Six Rivers National Forest. The passes also cover access to and use of many other Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.
Obtain passes at national forest or grassland offices; or by mail through USGS—inquire at 1-888-275-8747 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the USGS store at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.
From the Visitor Center in Gasquet, California turn left on Highway 199 and go 7.5 miles east.
Reservations are not required but recommended on summer weekends and holidays; the campground fills up frequently during these times.
Walk-in campers can self-register at the entrance.
River Access: A short (0.2-mile) paved universal-access trail provides wheelchair access from the campground to a barrier-free fishing platform at the confluence of the Smith River and Patrick Creek. A small gravelly beach lies below the platform. Another short trail (not accessible) leads from the campground down to a shallow area of the river with a sandy beach. The water temperature of the river is chilly for swimming. For a larger beach and swimming hole (but not much warmer water) drive one mile west to Sandy Beach River Access. Pick up a “River Access Trails” guide at the visitor center for directions to other swimming holes on the Smith River.
Trails: There are no trails out of the campground. Trails within a one-hour drive include Stony Creek, Myrtle Creek, Darlingtonia, Elk Camp Ridge, High Dome, French Hill, Patrick Creek, Craig’s Creek, Paradise, Little Bald Hills, Doe Flat, Buck Lake, Island Lake, and Devil’s Punchbowl. Consult the hiking section of this web site for details of these and other NRA trails http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/srnf/recreation/hiking.