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Elk Creek Overview

The Elk Creek watershed is a small coastal watershed that includes the Elk Creek Wetland Wildlife Area, parts of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and the town of Crescent City, and a variety of private lands. Elk Creek is an urban stream and most of the watershed has been impacted by urban, residential, and industrial development. These activities have reduced habitat availability for salmonids and impact the natural hydrologic function of the basin. There are approximately 15 miles of anadromous streams in the Elk Creek basin, providing habitat for Coho, Cutthroat, Steelhead and Chinook Salmon.

Smith River Alliance is partnering with other organizations and agencies to develop a restoration plan for the Elk Creek Watershed. This work is ongoing as of Summer 2019. Learn more by following the links below.


History of the Elk Creek Watershed, its importance, the pressures it faces and the need for a comprehensive restoration plan.


Download a variety of maps of the Elk Creek Watershed.

Fish & Restoration

Learn more about plans to protect and enhance anadromous fish habitat throughout the Elk Creek Watershed.


Download reports relating to conservation efforts in the Elk Creek Watershed.

Public Access

We are working to improve and restore the old interpretive trail.