Klamath River, CA

Our township has a rich history, abundance of wildlife, and scenic views. 

Klamath River, California can be reached easily via Interstate 5 where it connects to Route 96 a short drive from Yreka.

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. The river is renowned for its fishing opportunities of Chinook (King Salmon), coho (Silver Salmon), and steelhead. 

The river is easily accessible from of Highway 96. With several river access points, with ramps providing easy boat launching.

River History

A scenic wonderland with a history of gold rush, bootlegging, and first nation stewardship.  

We acknowledge that our township is on the traditional land of the Hupa (Hoopa), Karuk, Modoc, and Yurok People.

Originally, The First Nation people relied on the river for its abundance of salmon and trout.

The California Gold Rush of 1848–1855 brought many miners to the Klamath River watershed. The miners caused disruption in the lives of the Native Americans of the area by damming and diverting water for mining purposes, which made it difficult for spawning salmon and other fish populations to survive. 

There are remnants of old mining sites along the river. The town of Happy Camp, first settled in 1851, was named for its fruitful yields of gold. The Klamath River was used by the Quicksilver Mining Co. in the late 19th century where they extracted mercury and cinnabar located up Beaver Creek. Tunnels that were dug to extract gold were later used by bootleggers of whiskey.

Visit Klamath River

Hike the PCT, camp, float down the River...

There are so many ways to enjoy the Klamath River and surrounding areas. Find info from some of our most visited spots.



Home of Bigfoot - Happy Camp, CA 

The Pacific Coast Trail - Seiad, CA

Wildwood Tavern - Seiad, CA

Quigley's Station - Klamath River, CA

Tree of Heaven Campground - Klamath National Forest

Scenic Rivers Website 

Klamath National Forest Website

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