Rock Creek Ranch Activities & Events
Connect With Nature & Friends
Help us to care for Rock Creek Ranch and the Smith watershed!
Spring work parties focus on the orchard and the veggie garden. Summer work parties focus on projects such as weeding, watering, removing invasive exotics, and work in the garden. The work can be physically challenging, and all are welcome to participate.
Spring and Summer 2018 work party dates will be announced soon!
For more information and to be included in email work-party announcements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Fish Count
South Fork Smith River — August 2-4, 2019
The Smith River Alliance invites all swimmers and wild fish enthusiasts to participate in this year’s Fish Count, August 2-4. Help track the abundance of California’s healthiest population of coastal cutthroat trout! We will also be on the lookout for the rare summer steelhead and spring Chinook salmon, as well as suckers, rainbow trout, lamprey, and herps. Snorkeling within the canyon walls and clear blue waters of the Smith River, volunteers will experience wild fish in their native habitat.
This event contributes to annual monitoring of summer adult populations in the Smith River. Training and leadership will be provided. Data collection is coordinated with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service.
Training and coordination will take place at Rock Creek Ranch, ideally situated on the South Fork Smith River. Camping is available to participants beginning the afternoon of Friday, August 10 and ending the morning of Sunday, August 12. The nearest motel and store is located in Hiouchi, 10 miles away. Children are welcome, but only good swimmers older than 18 may participate in the count. Please leave your pets at home.
Friday Training: An “entry-level” river snorkeling and fish identification workshop will be held on Friday from 1:00-5:00 pm. This training is fun and is REQUIRED for all new participants who want to collect data on Saturday. Experienced fish snorkelers are encouraged to help with the workshop and improve their skills. PLEASE REFER TO THE ATTACHED MATERIALS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL. Participants are welcome to arrive anytime after12:00 to get acquainted with the Ranch and set up your camp.
8:00 am – Breakfast and Check-In
8:30 am – Instructions and Team Assignments
8:45 am – Safety and Equipment checks
9:15 am – Depart Rock Creek Ranch in carpools
5:00 pm – All data and equipment returned
6:00 pm – Potluck begins
What to Bring: Mask and snorkel, full body wetsuit (5m is best), dive hood, gloves, booties, and flexible fins for those with experience using them. The SRA has a gear cache to supplement, and materials can also be rented in Crescent City or Arcata.
Special Note: Pacific Outfitters in Arcata/Eureka has offered a group discount to divers with our group. Please let them know you are with the Smith River Alliance.
Small durable pack with lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen. Bring camping gear, and most importantly, musical instruments, stories, and talents!
Food: Bring high energy snacks, potluck items for Friday and Saturday, and lunch for each day. BYOB/ice. A full kitchen and BBQ will be available each day. The Hiouchi Hamlet (~25 minutes away) is the closest store so come prepared.
Directions: From Hwy 199 turn onto South Fork Rd. After crossing the South Fork turn left (upriver/east) onto South Fork Rd. Continue for 7.9 miles. Rock Creek Ranch is located on the left side of the road after Oak St., Pine St., and Fir St. The driveway will be marketed.
Please RSVP to Marisa Parish email@example.com
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Volunteers are needed for surveys, kitchen prep/cleanup, and shuttles. Novices are welcome but must have strong open water skills!
See you in the water!
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The Smith River Alliance offers an Immersion Camp experience that provides an opportunity to:
- Immerse yourself in the experience of snorkeling the Smith River
- Learn about stream ecology with hands-on exercises
- Become an expert in identifying different types of trout and salmon
- Enjoy team-building activities at Rock Creek Ranch
- Learn how to participate in annual fish surveys
We will work with individual groups to tailor the Smith River Immersion Camp experience to the calendar and timing needs of interested groups.
SRA can customize the immersion program for agencies, centers and many types of groups, abilities and goals. Call us to start the process of designing your session.
For more information about Immersion Camp, contact Smith River Alliance at 707-458-3586.