Trinity River

Man looking out to the mountains in the distance

The Trinity River's headwaters begin in the rugged Trinity Alps, making it's way through the wilderness, settling into deep valleys, transitioning to spacious glides and inviting beaches until finally meeting up with the mighty Klamath River at Weitchpec.

The natural beauty has been one of the most popular sights for north coast river recreation. Scenic Highway 299 makes easy access to many points of interest. In the warm spring and summer months, inner tubers and rafters enjoy rides along the river. The river is legendary for its salmon and steelhead fishing opportunities. Access provides fishing opportunities by means of drift boat or walk-in riverside spots.

Recreation Map

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River and Stream Fishing

Recreation areas with activity River and Stream Fishing:

The Trinity River flows first through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on its way to our Forest.

Fish Species
  • Chinook (King Salmon) - runs usually start in October and continue through January, depending on weather.
  • Steelhead - You can find steelhead usually starting in October, but November can prove to be a more profitable month.
  • Coho - Currently a threatened species, and unfishable.
  • Rainbow Trout - Rainbow trout are a resident fish, which are most visible November through April. Check with the California Fish and Game regarding open seasons and regulations


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:


Recreation areas with activity Swimming:


Recreation areas with activity Tubing: On of the most popular rafting rivers in the area the Trinity River offers everything from class I to class V rapids. East of Willow Creek, you will find the more challenging rapids with many outfitters that offer their services. In and near the town of Willow Creek, floating on inner tubes is one of the more popular summer events. Long warm days, easy rides and tons of fun can be had.
Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

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