Recreation


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The 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 backcountry. The forest is also a prime location for plenty of world-class fishing, as well as home to one of most barrier-free fishing locations in the nation. The forest’s ranger district offices from north to south include:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aikens Creek West Campground Open Open Open all year. No reservations. No services.
Bailey Canyon Campground Open Open Open dates: May 20 through September 12, 2022
Bear Basin Butte Lookout / Pierson Cabin Open Open The cabin and lookout are closed October through June/July due to snow accumulations.
Big Flat Campground Open Open
Boise Creek Campground Open Open Expected open dates: May 21, 2022 through September 30, 2022.
Devil's Punchbowl Trail Open Open 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 Open Open dates: May 21, 2022 through September 30, 2022.
Doe Flat Trail (#4E04) Open Open Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June.
E-Ne-Nuck Campground Open Open Open dates: June 15, 2022 through September 30, 2022. No reservations. First come, first serve. 
East Fork Campground Open Open
Fir Cove Campground Open Open Expected open dates: May 20, 2022 through September 12, 2022.
Fish Lake Campground Open Open Open June 15th, 2022 through September 30, 2022. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port-Orford-cedar root disease. 
Grassy Flat Campground Open Open
Island Lake Open Open Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June.
Island Lake Trail (#4E05) Open Open Gate is open all year. Vehicle access to the trailhead may be blocked by snow during the wet season, usually November to mid-June.
Mad River Campground Open Open
Nordheimer Campground Open Open
Nordheimer Group Campground Open Open
North Fork Campground Open Open Open all year. Remote location.
Oak Bottom Campground Open Open
Panther Flat Campground Open Open Open all year.
Patrick Creek Campground Open Open
Pearch Creek Campground Open Open
Sanger Lake Open Open

Spotlights

Smith River National Recreation Area

A kayak floats the jade-green waters of the Smith River at the confluence of the middle &south forks

Recreational activities abound in the Smith River National Recreation Area or NRA. The beautiful Smith River offers fishing for steelhead, trout, and salmon. During the summer months, the pure, clean waters of the Smith River are perfect for swimming, rafting, or fishing and the forested mountainsides present occasions for hiking, bird watching, wildflower walks, or perhaps just lounging in the sun.

Winter temperatures drop into the 40s and 50s, with an occasional snow storm. The rainy season normally runs from October through April with an average annual rainfall of 92.55 inches. Summers are dry with highs in the 80-100°F degree range. Contact the NRA Headquarters at the Gasquet Ranger Station for current weather conditions.

 

 

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.

Recreation Areas