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South Fork of the Smith River

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Address: Smith River, CA
Activities: White-water rafting
Description: Great place to catch Class III or Class V rafting runs.

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Giant Redwoods Close By

We traveled down into California for a ways and visited the redwoods, drove through the giant tree, entered the Jedadia Smith state park and drove through the quaint little road... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Florence, Oregon
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Florence, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We traveled down into California for a ways and visited the redwoods, drove through the giant tree, entered the Jedadia Smith state park and drove through the quaint little road through the redwoods coming out in Crescent City. So much to see and do in that area. Wonderful photo ops too.

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Campbell, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Had two great days fishing for King Salmon on the Smith River. Fished with Ron DeNardi of Ron DeNardi Outfitters and guide Bret (Bretski) Barber. Caught Limits of keepers both days and several fished released to fight again. These two guides have fished and lived on this river their entire lives and I personally have fished with them for the... More 

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Fortuna, California, United States
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Remote, wonderful, beautiful, natural area.. For seeing the real California and enjoying nature, this is the place... We go there often.

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Watsonville, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Probably the most scenic river in California. Good fishing and kayaking to be had. I have to keep writing because I need more characters.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I couldn't find the location exactly, but I believe it is along the costal end of US Highway 199/197. Beautiful little beach, large rocks for toombstoning (jumping off rocks) at your will. The clarity of the water is extremely good, though it is a little chilly. There isn't a great lot of space on the sandy half of the beach,... More 

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Jacksonville, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The South Fork allows the visitor to see the redwoods and there is nothing as beautiful as the sun filtering through the redwoods and illuminating the river's surface. The Smith River is a rare river in that the water is crystal clear; allowing you a rare glimpse of the river bed....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The last free flowing river in CA - all three forks are truely amazing. The clarity is, as if you were in the indian ocean or south pacific!

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Crescent City, California, USA
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

One of the cleanest, most beautiful salmon/steelhead rivers in America. It is the only river on California's Pacific Coast that has no mud. It is a short, purely granite riverine system without pollution of any kind. All runoff into the river is filtered through Redwood, Douglas Fir, and pine forests.

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Crescent City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Anywhere along the Smith is beautiful. Popular for fishing, canoeing, Kayak, or tube. Just a gorgeous place to visit. Camp at Jed Smith or just visit while in the area and you won't be disappointed. I live here and visit often.

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Gold Hill, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Stopped here on the way south, and spent a couple of hours. Kids had fun playing in the water and it was an absolutely beautiful spot.

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