Protecting the Smith River Watershed in California
Protecting California’s Smith River
The Smith River Alliance is a watershed organization with offices on the Smith River, near Crescent City, California. Founded in 1980, our mission is to provide for the long-term protection, restoration and stewardship of natural resources in the Smith River watershed.
SRA efforts focus primarily in the Smith River watershed, which includes the Smith River National Recreation Area, 490 square miles of watershed land managed by the Six Rivers National Forest, Redwood National and State Parks, Lake Earl Wildlife Area, and acreage held by private landowners.
Heritage and Wild Trout Waters Designation Approved!
Sixty-four miles of perennial stream in the Upper South Fork Smith watershed above Black Hawk Bar have been designated as both heritage and Wild TroutWaters. The reach provides anglers with the unparalleled opportunity to catch one of California’s most prized trout – the Coastal Cutthroat Trout. Learn more
New Study Released:
"Winter Distributions, Movements, and Habitat use by Juvenile Salmonids throughout the Lower Smith River Basin and Estuary" View study
Salmon Spawn in Newly Accessible reach of Hamilton Creek, Del Norte Coast Redwoods
In late fall, a culvert blocking access to Hamilton Creek was removed and multiple salmon redds and fish have been observed in the reach above the former barrier. Watch a new 4-minute video by Thomas B. Dunklin. Read more | Watch Video