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
- Buck Lake Trail Open to Visitor Update 6/16/2014: All roads leading to the trailhead are open and free of snow and other obstructions. Two trees are down across the trail, easily walked around or stepped over. If you hike to the lake, please report trail condition to the Smith River NRA, 707-457-3131. Thank you.
3E01 - Gunbarrel Trail Open to Visitor Update 6/10/2014: Seasonal gates are open on Road 16/16N02 (Ship Mountain Road). 16N03 (Fox Ridge Road) and 16N02 from the intersection of 16N03 to 17N05 (Jawbone Road) were bladed and cleared of rocks on 6/9/14. Road 16N02 from Fox Ridge Road down to Big Flat has not been bladed but is reported to be relatively free of rocks. Roads 16N18 and 15N34 leading to the Gunbarrel trailhead (off of 16N02) have been cleared of rocks and trees by hand.
3E07 - Summit Valley Trail Open to Visitor Update 6/6/2014: Seasonal gates are open to end of G-O Road (15, 15N01) and Red Mountain Road (14N01). Roads were cleared of rocks on 6/5/2014.
4E04 - Doe Flat Trail Open to Visitor Update 6/16/2014: All roads leading to the trailhead are open and free of snow and other obstructions. Trail was reported free of obstructions as of 6/16/2014. If you hike the trail, please report adverse conditions to the Smith River NRA, 707-457-3131. Thank you.
4E05 - Island Lake Trail Open to Visitor Update 6/27/2014: All roads leading to the trailhead are open and free of snow. Trail is open but has not been maintained in several years. Condition as reported by member of the public on 6/27/2014: many trees down, requiring detours around them; lots of brush almost blocking the trail up on top and heading down; after river crossing trail is rocky, steep, and in need of switchbacks; trail has slid out in an area of loose rock on a 40% slope about 1/2 mile before the lake. Trail has since been located and flagged; maintenance is scheduled for this year. If you hike to the lake, please report trail condition to the Smith River NRA, 707-457-3131. Thank you.
5E02 - Young's Valley Trail Open to Visitor Update 6/6/2014: Seasonal gates are open and free of snow. Roads were cleared of rocks on June 11.
Aikens Creek West Campground Open to Visitor
Bailey Canyon Campground Open to Visitor
Big Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Boise Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Dillon Creek Campground Open to Visitor
E-Ne-Nuck Campground Open to Visitor Opened June 13, 2014.
East Fork Campground Open to Visitor Open between June 2 and September 30. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port Orford cedar root disease; call 530-629-2118.
Fir Cove Campground Open to Visitor
Fish Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open between June 2 to 11 and September 29. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port Orford cedar root disease; call 530-627-3291.
Grassy Flat Campground Open to Visitor Opened June 16, 2014. No drinking water this year.
Mad River Campground Open to Visitor
Nordheimer Campground Open to Visitor
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Oak Bottom Campground Open to Visitor
Panther Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Patrick Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Pearch Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Sanger Lake Open to Visitor Update 6/6/2014: Seasonal gates are open. Roads are free of snow and were cleared of rocks on June 11, 2014.

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.