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Smith River, Gasquet

#454 of 626 in Nature in California
The Smith River: iconic, free-flowing, and endangered. With one visit to the Smith River, it's beauty will always call you to go back.

As one of the last wild rivers in North America, providing pristine water, botanical wonders, and salmon habitat, the Smith River is a National treasure. Clear turquoise water carves through remote and rugged hills, from Oregon to California.

A foreign owned mining company wants to develop a nickel laterite mine in Oregon’s South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area located in the headwaters of Smith River. Strip mining thousands of acres in one of the cleanest watersheds in the world will destroy the local recreation-based economy, salmon habitat, endangered plant species, and precious drinking waters supply.

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  • I loved driving along the river and making stops when possible. Be sure to stop at the ranger station. I found it helpful for maps, trails and local information.  more »
  • A 33 mile drive from Crescent City to the Oregon Border along route 197 or walk/hike the trail that begins near Crescent City. Smith River offers numerous recreational activities and wild life, uninte...  more »

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