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.

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 Open to Visitor Open May 25 through September 14, 2017.
Bear Basin Butte Lookout / Pierson Cabin Closed to Visitor The cabin and lookout are closed October through June/July due to snow accumulations. Due to road damage caused by 2017’s winter storms, there is no access to the cabin and lookout via Jawbone Road. NOTE: DUE TO  ROAD 17N05 (JAWBONE ROAD) BEING CLOSED FROM DAMAGE THIS WINTER, ALL ACCESS MUST BE OBTAINED VIA SOUTH FORK ROAD AND 16N02 OVER SHIP MOUNTAIN. THIS ROUTE ADDS ABOUT 1 HOUR TO COMMUTE (APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS,40 MILES ONE WAY) THIS IS THE ONLY ACCESS TO THIS FACILITY AT THIS TIME UNTIL THE ROAD CAN BE REPAIRED. 18 MILES OF THIS ROUTE IS NOT PAVED AND HAS AREAS OF WASHOUT. HIGH-CLEARANCE VECHILES OR 4X4 ADVISED.
Big Flat Campground Closed to Visitor **Big Flat Camground is closed effective September 7, 2017, due to fires. It is expected to be closed for the remainder of the season.**
Boise Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open May 22 through September 30, 2017.
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 Open May 20 through October 15, 2017.
Doe Flat Trail (#4E04) 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.
E-Ne-Nuck Campground Closed to Visitor Open June 30 through October 15, 2017. Opening delayed to fix water system. No reservations.
East Fork Campground Open to Visitor Expected open dates: June 15 through September 30, 2017. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port-Orford-cedar (POC) root disease; call 530-629-2118.
Fir Cove Campground Open to Visitor Open May 25 through September 14, 2017. Due to unexpected water system repairs, Fir Cove Campground will be without potable drinking water, effective August 9, 2017. Guests are directed to bring their own water for camping purposes to include water for drinking and extinguishing campfires upon site departure. The only source of water at the site is Ruth Lake, directly adjacent to the campground, which is not tested by the Forest, and thus, should not be considered safe for drinking. The toilets at the campground are vault style (not water flush). Therefore, the toilets are not affected by the lack of running water, and are still active, and available to site guests. For further information, please contact the Mad River Ranger District at (707) 574-6233. The Six Rivers National Forest apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
Fish Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Expected 2017 open dates: June 15 through September 30, 2017. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port-Orford-cedar root disease; call 530-627-3291.
Grassy Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Open May 19 through September 16, 2017.
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 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. Trail maintenance was completed on 8/8/14. Trail was brushed out and tread was reestablished.
Island Lake Trail (#4E05) 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. 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 Open to Visitor Open May 25 through September 14, 2017. Due to unexpected water system repairs, Fir Cove Campground will be without potable drinking water, effective July 9, 2017. Guests are directed to bring their own water for camping purposes to include water for drinking and extinguishing campfires upon site departure. The only source of water at the site is Ruth Lake, directly adjacent to the campground, which is not tested by the Forest, and thus, should not be considered safe for drinking. The toilets at the campground are vault style (not water flush). Therefore, the toilets are not affected by the lack of running water, and are still active, and available to site guests. For further information, please contact the Mad River Ranger District at (707) 574-6233. The Six Rivers National Forest apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
Nordheimer Campground Open to Visitor Main campground open all year. Expected open dates for Nordheimer Group sites: April 14 through October 1, 2017.
Nordheimer Group Campground Closed to Visitor Expected 2017 open dates: April 14 through October 1.
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor Open all year. Remote location.
Oak Bottom Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 through October 31, 2017.
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 Open May 19 – September 11, 2017.
Pearch Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Open May 20 through October 31, 2017.
Sanger Lake Open 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) Open to Visitor Update 5/18/15: Seasonal gates are open for the season. Road is passable to the trailhead.

Spotlights

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.