Class III-IV South Fork Smith River, CA

South Fork Smith River (Steven's Bridge to Craig's Beach)

The Smith River was added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 1981 at the request of the Governor of California. In 1990, the portions of the Smith River on the Six Rivers National Forest were redesignated through the public law that created the Smith River National Recreation Area. More than 300 miles of the Smith River drainage are designated wild and scenic, making it one of the most complete river systems in the National System. The emerald-green Smith River flows freely and naturally, without a single dam for its entire length. It is the only major system in California to do so.

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day, 11.4 Miles
Notes Check CA fishing regulations. Camping only allowed on Forest Service land.
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit No
Manager U.S. Forest Service, Six Rivers National Forest
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information http://www.nwrafting.com/smithriver/south-fork-of-the-smith
Description American Whitewater