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Address: Gasquet, CA
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River noted for it scenic beauty and proliferation of steelhead fish.

River noted for it scenic beauty and proliferation of steelhead fish.

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We were lucky enough to book a cabin on the Smith River. It is a super clean, emerald colored, winding & twisting river. There are many public beaches (rocky) with great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Sharon K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were lucky enough to book a cabin on the Smith River. It is a super clean, emerald colored, winding & twisting river. There are many public beaches (rocky) with great swimming holes. It is the only river in CA that isn't dammed and it shows. The water is very clear. We don't fish but I'm told the fishing is... More 

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Thank Sharon K
Crescent City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I discovered the Smith River on my 1st cross-country trip in 1975; it's 41 years later and we now live along the river at the edge of Jed Smith Redwoods State Park. The river and the park are as magnificent now as they were then. All 3 Forks of the Smith River contain fabulous swimming holes in summer, as well... More 

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Thank Gudwill
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Superclean rivers with absolutely stunning views. Thanks to all the rain there was rushing water and waterfalls from the sides of the mountains Plenty of pullouts for photo ops. Some of the road has no side rails so don't speed around the sharp curves or you may end up in the river.

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Thank Thewickedwidow
Crescent City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We go there every summer to swim, my friends go fishing there all the time. It's beautiful, very long river with lots of tucked away places to canoe and picnic. People river raft down it and kayak too. This is a beautiful super clean and clear river. It goes right by Jed Smith park and a few other state beaches.... More 

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1 Thank Rita S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

So beautiful the first spot is the best and most secluded!! Clearest river ever! Go early to get best spot take a picnic or small bbq and stay all day its worth the hour drive, from Grants Pass

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2 Thank SharyceBracewell
Tarragona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This river is fantastic for floating, swimming, walking along or just sitting on the banks and enjoying. There are lots of swimming holes and lots of places for both tranquil floats and fast paced rapids. Myrtle beach is gorgeous, but there tend to be a lot of people there.

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3 Thank LisaTarragona
Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

the last wild, undammed river in California and one of the best swimming rivers on Earth. go to the south fork via Smith grove enjoy the clean ample water any time of year

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1 Thank gringoraro
Jacksonville, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

There is nothing there. You have a pristine river with difficult access and questonable eateries. The atmosphere is questionable.

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1 Thank piratejani
Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Pristine is how I will always remember this river which touts being the cleanest river in the US and I can believe after standing in it and being able to see straight to the bottom! Unparalled in river enjoyment!

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1 Thank Denise B
Crescent City, California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The only river on the west coast of America that has no mud. It is a pristine wild and scenic river. A purely granite riverine system, its water is the highest quality you will experience. Beautiful beyond words. Courses through the most extraordinary Redwood forests in the world.

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