Copper Salmon Wilderness
The 13,757-acre Copper Salmon Wilderness is tucked away in the northwest corner of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, 11 miles east of Port Orford on the Elk River, and includes the North and South Forks of Elk River and the upper Middle Fork of Sixes River.
The area contains one of the nation's largest remaining stands of low-elevation old-growth forest, and in the north Fork of the Elk, one of the healthiest salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout runs in the continental United States. Its forests feature Douglas-fir trees as large as 10 feet in diameter and up to 300 feet in height, and large disease-free stands of Port-Orford cedar. The Copper Salmon Wilderness also has an abundance of wildlife, including marbled murrelets, northern spotted owls and Roosevelt elk, mountain lions and black bears.
- Key access points: Trailhead and trail information
At a Glance
Nation-wide Wilderness Regulations:
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Copper Salmon Wilderness Regulations:
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Trailheads that access Copper Salmon Wilderness
Buy maps online
Buy the Powers & Gold Beach Ranger Districts map which includes: Copper Salmon, Grassy Knob, Kalmiopsis, and Wild Rogue Wildernesses, online at the National Forest Store.
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Go to Wilderness.net for online maps and other important Wilderness information.
Alerts & Warnings
- Effective 7/1: Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
- Remember: Fireworks are ILLEGAL on public lands!
- Bear-Human Interactions on the Rise!
- Seasonal Alcohol Prohibition on Recreation Section of Illinois River
- Illinois Falls Trail Bridge Closure
- Red Buttes Wilderness Trail Bridge Closure