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Smith River NRA

Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-1721

Smith River NRA

Recreational activities abound in the Smith River 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.

Each campground has different amenities and accessibility features. Please refer to our amenities page for further information more »

Bear Basin Butte Lookout
The Bear Basin Butte Lookout is situated high atop a narrow mountain ridge at an elevation of 5,300 feet and offers a 360° view of the Siskiyou Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Oh yeah, and it's all yours for up to four days! more »

Camping and Campgrounds
Smith River has four developed campsites opened both seasonally and year-round. Campgrounds range in size from the 39 campsite Panther Flat Campground to the charming Patrick Creek Campground. Some campgrounds have designated day-use areas and river access. more »

Fishing on the Smith River is regarded as World Class both because of the potential for trophy size fish and the challenge of landing one. The NRA is also home of some best barrier free fishing available.

There are a wide variety of trails in the Smith River NRA that range from Siskiyou Wilderness trails to the botanical beauty of the Myrtle Creek and Darlingtonia interpretive trails where visitors can view a variety of rare and endangered plants and wildflowers. There are also quite a few short trails (under four miles) that offer scenic views of the Smith River NRA.


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