Salmon/Scott River Ranger District
The Salmon/Scott River Ranger District is home to wilderness areas, pristine mountain lakes and wild and scenic rivers just to name a few. The District office is located in Fort Jones, California, at an elevation of 2740 feet. The District is bisected by the Salmon River on the south and the Scott River on the north, covers approximately 585,000 acres, and has three wilderness areas, the Trinity-Alps, Russian and Marble Mountain, within its boundaries. The country is beautiful, mountainous and rural.
Fort Jones is a community of about 700 people and is located 20 miles south of Yreka. Nestled in the Scott Valley surrounded by the rugged mountains of Northern California, Fort Jones boasts a frontier charm. 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. Visitors to the historic towns of Fort Jones and Etna experience the quiet rhythms of rural life and the friendly manner of country shopkeepers. Local folks are known for their plucky independence and entrepreneurial spirit. The valley has a warm sense of community.
Year-round access is provided from Medford and Yreka via paved highway, Interstate 5 and State Highway 3. There is limited public transportation, including County buses and private taxi. 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.