Crescent City/Del Norte County Visitors Bureau
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Six Rivers National Forest
Six Rivers National Forest stretches east of Redwood State and National Parks in northwestern California, and reaches southward from the Oregon border for about 140 miles. It encompasses 957,590 beautiful National Forest acres and 133,410 acres of other ownership. Smith River National Recreation Area and some other southern Ranger Districts make up the Forest. The Forest lies primarily in Del Norte County, but also is located within the counties of Humboldt, Trinity, and Siskiyou. It consists of a long, narrow land section, that begins on the Oregon border on the north and goes all the way to Mendocino County on the south.
One of Del Norte County's favorite outdoor playgrounds is The Smith River National Recreation Area which is located in Six Rivers National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Smith River National Recreation Area forms a northern border to Redwood National and State Parks. The Coast Range and the Smith River, the longest National Wild and Scenic River in the U.S., offer a variety of recreational opportunities. The recreation area is considered one of the best fishing regions in the U.S., with trophy sized steelhead trout, chinook salmon and other game fish species. Smith River National Recreation Area has five campgrounds located near major streams and along the Smith River. Rafting is popular in the summer months and most hiking trails are accessible year-round.
This web site development was supported by a USDA Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee grant; we are thankful for this support. This site is full of great information on Six Rivers National Forest and the Smith River National Recreation Area.