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Six Rivers

Six Rivers National Forest lies just south of the Oregon border in northern California, stretches southward for about 140 miles, and is best known for its lush forests and excellent recreation.

Six Rivers National Forest in northern California is part of a vast network of mountainous wildlands made up of several state and national forests and parks. At more than a million acres, the National Forest encompasses four Wilderness areas and offers plenty ofoutdoor activities. You can even rent an old fire lookout tower and stay for up to four days with panoramic mountain views!

Water gives this forest its identity. Some areas averages up to 200 inches of rain per year, and the forest's 1,500 miles of permanent streams supply about nine percent of California's total runoff. As well, the six rivers that give this forest its name - the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Van Duzen, and Eel Rivers - offer incredible scenery and recreational opportunities.

Forest managers are constantly working to steward the forest, focusing on invasive species issues and improving the local economy. You can help by becoming a volunteer.

First-timer’s Adventure

The coastal rivers on this National Forest offer great trout, salmon and steelhead fishing.Read more about where to go to do each, and make sure you learn the difference between each species. This Web page can help you do that.

Statistics

State(s):

California

Nearest Large Urban Area:

Eureka

Notes & Conditions:

The Forest Service page's FAQ has answers to lots of great questions, such as how do I reserve a campsite and how can I find books and maps.

Permits, Passes and Fees:

You need permits for cutting Christmas trees, having fires, collecting firewood or using certain roads. Click here to learn about permits on this forest.

Maps:

Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.