Salmon River

Salmon River

The famous Salmon River (or the “Cal Salmon”)is known for its Class IV &V stretches of river attracting river enthusiasts from all over. From beautiful canyons lined with moss and ferns to raging whitewater the Salmon River is in a class of its own. One of California’s last undammed, undiverted rivers this watershed receives its vitality from the Marble Mountain, Russian, and Trinity Alps Wilderness Areas. The typical whitewater season ranges from March to late June depending on snow pack. Boaters new to the Salmon will usually start on the lower stretch of class III through the Ikes on the Klamath to warm up and then venture on upstream to the more challenging class IV and V stretches. The summer months offer long warm days for swimmers and tubers that can reach over 100 degree’s.

Recreational Opportunities

The Salmon River (also known as the “Cal Salmon”) offers world class white water rafting and kayaking for river enthusiasts ranging from class III -V. Navigate through rapids such as; Cascade Falls, Bloomer Falls, Airplane, Whirling Dervish, Last Chance and the mighty Freight Train. The Salmon River Road (Forest Hwy 93) offers excellent bike riding along the river for miles. If hiking is your favorite activity, there are several trailheads along the river leading up into the Marble Mountain Wilderness and other spectacular view points. If just relaxing along the crystal clear waters is your choice, there are several developed campgrounds, day use area’s and river access’s located along the river which will offer sandy beaches and relaxation.

Seasons Accessible

The lower main stem of the Salmon River is accessible year round while some of the upper reaches may be blocked by snow.

Fees: Over night camping fees in developed campgrounds start at $10.00/night.

ADA Accessibility Notes
ADA facilities are located at developed campgrounds and river access area’s along the river.

Pet Friendly Notes
Pets on leash in developed campgrounds.

For More Information, Contact:

Bob Hemus
[email protected]
PO Box 410, Orleans, CA 95556
530-627-3286 · fax 530-627-3401


Salmon River