Recreation

 

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 to Visitor Open all year. No reservations. No services.
Bailey Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: May 21 through September 13, 2021; however, open dates for this campground are normally coordinated with the Ruth Lake Community Services District. There is an additional closure for 2PM July 11 through 2PM July 17, 2021.
Bear Basin Butte Lookout / Pierson Cabin Closed to Visitor The cabin and lookout are closed October through June/July due to snow accumulations.
Big Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: May 17 through October 25, 2021.
Boise Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: May 22 through September 30, 2021.
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 Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: May 22 through September 30, 2021.
Doe Flat Trail (#4E04) Closed 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.
E-Ne-Nuck Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: June 15 through September 30, 2021. No reservations.
East Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: June 15 through September 30, 2021. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port-Orford-cedar (POC) root disease; call (530) 629-2118.
Fir Cove Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: May 21 through September 13, 2021. Opening in line with Ruth Lake CSD.
Fish Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open through September 30, 2020. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port-Orford-cedar root disease; call (530) 627-3291.
Grassy Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: May 17 through September 13, 2021.
Gunbarrel Trail (#3E01) 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.
Island Lake Closed 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.
Island Lake Trail (#4E05) Closed 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.
Mad River Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: May 21 through September 13, 2021
Nordheimer Campground Open to Visitor Main campground open all year. Expected open dates for Nordheimer Group sites: April 1 through September 30, 2021.
Nordheimer Group Campground Open to Visitor Expected open dates: April 1 through September 30, 2021.
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor Open all year. Remote location.
Oak Bottom Campground Open to Visitor
Old South Kelsey (Historic Kelsey) Trail (#2E23) Open to Visitor
Panther Flat Campground Open to Visitor Open all year.
Patrick Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Expected open dates: May 17 through September 13, 2021.
Pearch Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Sanger Lake Closed 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.
Summit Valley Trail (#3E07) 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.
Young’s Valley Trail (#5E02) Closed to Visitor Update 5/18/15: Seasonal gates are open for the season. Road is passable to the trailhead.

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.

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