Recreation

Camp nestled among tall trees.

Six Rivers National Forest offers nearly one million acres of forest for your enjoyment, relaxation, and exploration. Within a six-hour drive north of the Bay Area, you can experience the solitude of hiking in the wilderness on over 100 miles of trails, enjoy camping near others in developed campgrounds, or the solitude of camping in the back country. The forest is also a prime location for plenty of world-class fishing as well as the home to one of most barrier-free fishing locations in the Nation.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
2E23 - Old South Kelsey (Historic Kelsey) Trail Open to Visitor
3E01 - Gunbarrel Trail    Update 10/15/14: Seasonal gates blocking vehicle access to the trailhead are closed for the season.
3E07 - Summit Valley Trail    Update 10/21/14: Seasonal gates blocking vehicle access to the upper trailhead (off of the G.O. Road at about 15 miles up) are closed for the season.
4E04 - Doe Flat Trail Open to Visitor Update 10/15/14: Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June.
4E05 - Island Lake Trail Open to Visitor Update 10/15/14: Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June. Trail maintenance was completed on 8/8/14. Trail has been brushed out and tread has been reestablished. Trail is now passable to the lake.
5E02 - Young's Valley Trail Open to Visitor Update 10/16/14: Seasonal gates blocking vehicle access to the trailhead are closed for the season.
Aikens Creek West Campground Open to Visitor Open all year. No reservations. No services.
Bailey Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor Expected 2015 open dates: May 22-October 19.
Bear Basin Butte Lookout / Pierson Cabin Open to Visitor Open all year. Snow may block vehicle access in the wet season (usually Nov-June). Renters may have to walk in up to 11 miles to reach the facility.
Big Flat Campground    Expected open dates: 5/14 to 10/31, 2015.
Boise Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Expected 2015 open dates: May 22-September 30.
Buck Lake Trail Open to Visitor Update 10/15/14: Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June.
Devil's Punchbowl Trail Open to Visitor Update 10/15/14: Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June.
Dillon Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: 5/01 to 10/31, 2015.
E-Ne-Nuck Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: 6/1 to 10/11, 2015. No reservations.
East Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Expected 2015 open dates: June 1-September 30, 2015. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port Orford cedar root disease; call 530-629-2118.
Fir Cove Campground Closed to Visitor Expected 2015 open dates: May 22-September 14.
Fish Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: 6/15 to 10/01, 2015. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port Orford cedar root disease; call 530-627-3291.
Grassy Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: 6/8 to 9/22, 2015.
Island Lake Open to Visitor Update 10/15/14: Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June. Trail maintenance was completed on 8/8/14. Trail has been brushed out and tread has been reestablished. Trail is now passable to the lake.
Mad River Campground Closed to Visitor Expected 2015 open dates: May 22-September 14.
Nordheimer Campground Closed to Visitor Open all year.
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor Open all year. Remote location.
Oak Bottom Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: 4/18 to 10/31, 2015.
Panther Flat Campground Open to Visitor Open all year.
Patrick Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: 5/20 to 9/15, 2015.
Pearch Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: 4/18 to 10/31, 2015.
Sanger Lake    Update 10/16/14: Seasonal gates blocking vehicle access to the lake are closed for the season.

Spotlights

Klamath National Wild and Scenic River

[Photograph]: Relaxing on the Klamath River.

The spectacular Klamath River is both the second largest and second longest river in California. The river makes its way through over 200 miles both the Cascade and Coast Mountain Ranges offering many recreation opportunities to its visitors. Summer months bring rafters to the area and jet boat rides are offered out of the town of Klamath. The river is renowned for its fishing opportunities of Chinook (King Salmon), coho (Silver Salmon), and steelhead. The river is easily accessible off of Highway 96. Several ramps exist to provide easy launching for your boat.