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Six Rivers National Forest

Coordinates: 41°46′40″N 124°01′00″W / 41.77778°N 124.01667°W / 41.77778; -124.01667
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Six Rivers National Forest
Map showing the location of Six Rivers National Forest
Map showing the location of Six Rivers National Forest
Map of the United States
LocationNorthwest California, US
Nearest cityCrescent City, California
Coordinates41°46′40″N 124°01′00″W / 41.77778°N 124.01667°W / 41.77778; -124.01667
Area957,590 acres (3,875.2 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service
WebsiteSix Rivers National Forest

The Six Rivers National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in the northwestern corner of California. It was established on June 3rd, 1947 by U.S. President Harry S. Truman from portions of Klamath, Siskiyou and Trinity National Forests. Its over one million acres (4,000 km2) of land contain a variety of ecosystems and 137,000 acres (550 km2) of old growth forest.[1] It lies in parts of four counties; in descending order of forestland area they are Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, and Siskiyou counties. The forest is named after the Eel, Van Duzen, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, and Smith rivers, which pass through or near the forest's boundaries.

The forest has 366 miles (589 km) of wild and scenic rivers, six distinct botanical areas, and public-use areas for camping, hiking, and fishing. The northernmost section of the forest is known as the Smith River National Recreation Area. Forest headquarters are located in Eureka, California. There are local ranger district offices in Bridgeville, Gasquet, Orleans, and Willow Creek.[2]

Its old-growth forests include Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii), Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus), Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii), and White Fir (Abies concolor).[1]

Wilderness areas


There are five designated wilderness areas in Six Rivers National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Two of them lie mostly in other National Forests or on Bureau of Land Management land.

Important events

  • The Patterson-Gimlin film, claimed to be a recording of a Bigfoot, was filmed in this national forest.
  • Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association, a 1988 US Supreme Court decision, concerned land in the forest claimed as sacred by several local Native American tribes
  • In 1947 Jose Garcia, father of a then present 5-year-old Jerry Garcia, slipped on a rock while fly fishing in the Trinity River and drowned. Jerry claimed to have witnessed this happen, though others familiar with the family assert that he did not.


  1. ^ a b Warbington, Ralph; Beardsley, Debby (2002), 2002 Estimates of Old Growth Forests on the 18 National Forests of the Pacific Southwest Region, United States Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
  2. ^ USFS Ranger Districts by State