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Smith River Mouth

Smith River Mouth

The Smith River, in the extreme northwest corner of California in Del Norte county, is the northernmost of California’s major rivers. The mouth is about 5 miles from the Oregon border and 10 miles north of Crescent City. The Smith River flows generally northwest, entering the Pacific Ocean near the community of Smith River. It is the largest free-flowing river in the state, producing the largest Steelhead and Chinook Salmon. The state record Steelhead, 27 lbs. 4 oz. and the…

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Russian River Mouth

Russian River Mouth

Stretching almost 100 miles from the mountains of Mendocino County through the wine valleys of Sonoma County before flowing into the Pacific Ocean at Jenner, the Russian River is one of the most picturesque rivers in America. It has inspired generations of artists, writers, and naturalists, and provides the climate and appellations for some of the world’s finest chardonnay, zinfandel and pinot noir. Known by the Southern Pomo as Ashkowana, meaning “east water place,” the River’s present name refers to…

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Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino is set amongst the rolling hills and oak groves of Mendocino county near the headwaters of the picturesque Russian River, one of the cleanest rivers in the country. Lake Mendocino is located in Mendocino County, California where Northern California’s Wine Country begins, near magnificent redwood forests, but still close to the Pacific Ocean, and only 2 1/2 hours North of San Francisco. Created by the construction of Coyote Dam on the East Fork of the Russian River in…

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Inkwells at Lagunitas Creek

Inkwells at Lagunitas Creek

The ink wells at Lagunitas Creek are always cold – once described as “Not quite as cold as a Popsicle” A great place to take a refreshing dip on a walk to Mt Tamalpais and Kent lake. For More Information, Contact: Samuel P. Taylor State Park www.parks.ca.gov 8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Lagunitas, CA 94938 415-488-9897

Clear Lake

Clear Lake

Clear Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in California and one of the most ancient lakes on the North American continent — possibly the world — with lakes existing at the site of Clear Lake for approximately 2.5 million years. Pomo Indians, the region’s earliest inhabitants, called the lake “Lypoyomi,” which means “big water.” In the 1800s, the name was changed to reflect the region’s sweet fresh air and the lake’s influence on the Mediterranean-type climate. Lake County continues…

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Blue Lakes

Blue Lakes

Though not far from Clear Lake, the Blue Lakes are of a different breed altogether. The two small lakes sit narrowly in the bottom of the steep and densely wooded Cold Creek Canyon. Considerably less eutrophic than Clear Lake, the Blue Lakes live up to their name much better than does Clear Lake. With only a few small resorts and no high-horsepower motorboats, the Blue Lakes are tranquil and serene. At one time, before the Blue Lakes were formed, Clear…

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Alamere Falls

Alamere Falls

These dramatic falls drop 40 feet over a low cliff onto the beach below. Depending on the season of the year, the falls could be 15 to 25 feet wide at the base. Fed by Alamere Creek, the waterfall is active all year. One mile south of Widcat Beach, the falls is a popular place for hikers traveling from Palomarin Trailhead (6 miles) out of Bolinas or 7 miles from the Bear Valley Trailhead. Recreational Opportunities The falls are quite…

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