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 Open to Visitor Update 5/21/15: Seasonal gates on Ship Mountain Road (16/16N02)are open for the season. The gate on Fox Ridge Road (16N03) is also open.
3E07 - Summit Valley Trail Open to Visitor Update 5/15/15: Seasonal gates on the G-O Road (15/15N01) are open for the season. Red Mountain Road (14N01) is also open.
4E04 - Doe Flat Trail Open to Visitor 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 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 5/18/15: Seasonal gates are open for the season. Road is passable to the trailhead.
Aikens Creek West Campground Open to Visitor Open all year. No reservations. No services.
Bailey Canyon Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: May 26 to September 8, 2016.
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 Open to Visitor Open until November 1, 2016
Boise Creek Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: May 23-September 30, 2016.
Buck Lake Trail Open to Visitor 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 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 Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: 5/23 to 10/16, 2016.
E-Ne-Nuck Campground Open to Visitor Expected open dates: June 15 to October 16, 2016. No reservations.
East Fork Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: June 15-September 30, 2016. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port-Orford-cedar (POC) root disease; call 530-629-2118.
Fir Cove Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: May 26 to September 8, 2016.
Fish Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: 6/15 to 09/30, 2016. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port-Orford-cedar root disease; call 530-627-3291.
Grassy Flat Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: 5/23-9/12, 2016.
Island Lake Open to Visitor 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 was brushed out and tread was reestablished.
Mad River Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: May 26 to September 8, 2016.
Nordheimer Campground Open to Visitor Main campground open all year. Expected open dates for Nordheimer Group sites: April 16 through October 2.
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor Open all year. Remote location.
Oak Bottom Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016open dates: 5/1 to 10/2, 2016.
Panther Flat Campground Open to Visitor Open all year.
Patrick Creek Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: 5/23 to 9/12, 2016.
Pearch Creek Campground Open to Visitor Expected 2016 open dates: 4/16 to 10/30, 2016.
Sanger Lake Open to Visitor Update 5/18/15: Seasonal gates are open for the season. Gate on the Siskiyou National Forest side is still closed and there is no place to turn around upon reaching the gate from the upper side.

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.