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South Fork of the Smith River

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Address: Smith River, CA

Great place to catch Class III or Class V rafting runs.

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Fishing, Swimming, Kayaking and Beautiful Scenery

The South Fork of the Smith River makes its way down through part of the Six Rivers National Forest and joins the Middle Fork of the Smith River in Hiouchi, just north of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Crescent City, California
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Crescent City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The South Fork of the Smith River makes its way down through part of the Six Rivers National Forest and joins the Middle Fork of the Smith River in Hiouchi, just north of the entrance to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. The river is accessible at numerous locations. Dozens of creeks, home to spawning salmon, steelhead and trout, join the... More 

Thank Gudwill
Smith River, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

Hello to all, I'm not sure who took the picture above but it's not the South Fork of the Smith River. I live in Smith River so I have been truly blessed with the beauty all around me, the South Fork is just a part of it, if you enjoy great fishing, "barbless hooks" Smith River is the best, great... More 

1 Thank Pam T
Helena, MT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We hustled down this road to circle back up the Oregon Coast. Great road, heavily patrolled by the CHP revenuers though We had earlier camped right on the river at Jedediah Smith State Park. Huge trees, good showers, good river access. Loved it

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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.

1 Thank 1920carolyn
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 

1 Thank Dave D
Fortuna, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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.

1 Thank Julie W
Watsonville, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Charlotte W
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....

2 Thank piratejani
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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!

Thank Chelsea K

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