At over 3,600 sq. miles, the Eel River watershed is the third largest watershed entirely in California. While the majority of the watershed is privately owned and managed for timber production, and cattle and dairy ranching, the area also includes several state parks, wilderness areas, and national forests.
Historically, the Eel River was a major salmon and steelhead producer with runs estimated to exceed a million adults (~800,000 chinook, ~100,000 coho, ~150,000 steelhead) in good years.
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