Smith River

The Smith River Basin is one of California’s most pristine watersheds. The combined area of the Upper and Lower Smith River Basins is approximately 370 square miles and includes about 394 miles of anadromous salmonid streams.

The river drains the southwestern corner of Oregon and northwestern corner of California and enters the Pacific near the town of Crescent City, California.

The Smith River Basin is home to coho and Chinook salmon, winter steelhead, and cutthroat trout.

The Smith River is one of the few-free flowing rivers without any dams. The basin has some obstacles to fish passage (culverts) and some streams are impaired due to temperature in summer months.

Related Projects: Smith River Restoration and Protection, Coho Recovery Campaign