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.

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Latest News

New Study Released: "2011-2016 Salmonid Redd Abundance and Juvenile Salmonid Spatial Structure in the Smith River Basin, California and Oregon"

The new report summarizes five years of data for adult and juvenile salmonids across the Smith watershed in California and Oregon. The map illustrates information about one of the many sub-basins.  View study

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

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