Photo Credit Erik Meldrum
Salmon River, California
Forks of the Salmon
CAL SALMON – a 19.6-mile long tributary to the Klamath River, located in western Siskiyou County, CA
One of the most remote & biologically intact watersheds left inside California. The headwaters of the Salmon River flow from the Trinity Alps, Marble Mountains, and the Russian Wilderness Areas. 850,000 acres of Wilderness surrounding the Salmon River watershed.
There’s another Salmon River in Idaho, but this page deals with the Northern California river, dubbed “Cal Salmon” with it’s emerald green waters and lush fern-filled canyons. A granite inner gorge.
You gotta know how to read a map if you wanna find this hidden gem. Highly sought after destination for whitewater rafting and river kayaking. Rapids! With a short rafting season (March-June)
This is a place for those who love seclusion. It’s kinda far for most people to drive here. The NorCal river region is a prime secret spot for true nature lovers: campers, hikers, fishermen, river rafters, kayakers, mountain bikers, backpackers, birdwatchers and horse enthusiasts. Summer is the busiest time and of course, the best weather. The remainder of the year, you’ll basically have the place all to yourself. Winters can be wet and sloppy, so don’t get stuck in the mud. Cell phone reception is minimal in these densely forested backwoods.
Rafting, river beaches, kayak spots. Campground camping, RV camping, tent camping, primitive and wilderness too.
A significant part of the Klamath River’s watershed is in the Karuk Tribe’s Ancestral Territory. Karuk Indians have carefully managed their lands through an integrated continuum with the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem functions for thousands of years. Salmon, or “Ama” in the Karuk language, was a major source of food and spiritual renewal.
Forests & Parks along Salmon River:
- Klamath National Forest
- Marble Mountain Wilderness
- Russian Wilderness
- Trinity Alps Wilderness
- Six Rivers National Forest
Northern California River Camping
Campgrounds along Salmon River:
Klamath National Forest Headquarters
1711 South Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon River Ranger District
11263 N. Hwy 3
Fort Jones, CA 96032
towns near Salmon River:
Links about the Salmon River & Recreation:
Salmon River Access:
Bloomer Falls River Access
Blue Hole River Access
Brannons Bar River Access
Butler Creek River Access
Cascade Falls River Access
George Geary River Access
Nordheimer River Access
Oak Bottom River Access