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Maps and Travel Details

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Directions, What to bring & Where to stay:

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Maps & Directions:

Meet Place

Brannon Bar River Access near Somes Bar, CA
For local information call Orleans Ranger District: (530) 627-3291

Meet Time: 9:00am
All-Outdoors Cal-Salmon trips usually start at 9:00 am, but keep in mind that meet times may vary. Please confirm your meet time and place with your group trip leader or contact our office.

Driving Directions

Map

(Please use a California map in conjunction with this map).
Brannon Bar River Access is located east of Hwy 96 near the small town of Somes Bar.

The fastest route from the Bay Area is I-5 to Hwy 299 (at Redding) to Hwy 96 (at Willow Creek)::

  • From I-5 North in Redding take Exit # 678 to merge onto Hwy 44 West.
  • Turn right onto Hwy 273 North/Pine St. Take the 1st left onto Hwy 273 North/Eureka Way (signs for Weaverville/CA-299 W).
  • Continue straight on Hwy 299 West.
  • In Willow Creek turn right onto Hwy 96 East.
  • Just before the town of Somes Bar turn right onto Salmon River Rd (parallels the Salmon River).
  • Brannon Bar River Access is located approximately 3.5 miles from Hwy 96. Park in the parking area on the left side of the road. If you cross the bridge, you went ¼ of a mile too far. Look for an All-Outdoors guide or a notice on the bulletin board.

Other possible routes:
From the coast - Hwy 101 to Hwy 299 East (at Arcata) to Hwy 96 East (at Willow Creek)
From Oregon - I-5 South to Hwy 96 West (north of Yreka)

Drive Times and Distances:

San Francisco to Redding: 220 mi/ 3.5 hrs
San Francisco to Arcata: 280 mi/ 5 hrs
Medford, OR to Hwy 96 jct near Yreka: 40 mi/ 40 min

Redding to Somes Bar: 145 mi/ 3 hrs
Arcata to Somes Bar: 85 mi/ 2 hrs
Yreka to Somes Bar: 105 mi/ 2.5 hrs
Happy Camp to Somes Bar: 40 mi/ 1 hr
Orleans to Somes Bar: 8 mi/12 min

These are approximate mileages and driving times and do not take into account any delays or stops. Please allow a little extra time to assure correct arrival time to the meeting place. Thank you!

General Information:

What's Included

  • Professional Guide, instruction, and equipment. (April through May, see Wetsuit Information for added rental cost.)
  • Delicious fresh lunch
  • River shuttle by bus to and from the meet place for your trip

What to Bring

  • Personal medicine
  • Change of clothing for ride home
  • Waterproof sunblock, sunglasses with strap, hat, visor (optional)

What to Wear

  • Swimsuit
  • Quick drying shorts to wear over wetsuit is recommended for more comfort
  • Athletic shoes that are lace-up, no slip-ons or thongs 
  • Long-sleeve shirt and pants for added sun protection and/or extra layering
  • Wool or fleece sweater/jacket, waterproof jacket or wetsuit (usually required in April through May, and in inclement weather)

While on the river, you need little other than your river attire. There is limited space available in a water-resistant bag for additional items, such as rain gear or medication, that you might need during the day (no towels, please). This bag is usually available only during the lunch stop.

NOTE: For your comfort and safety, special clothing items, including a wetsuit, are usually required April through May on the Cal Salmon, or during periods of inclement weather. If your trip takes place during a time period when wetsuits are required, see "Wetsuit Information."

Please Do Not Bring:
Expensive watch, jewelry, radio, pets, or camera without water protection. Please note that storage of keys, wallets, and other valuables is the participant's responsibility.

River Conditions (Real Time)

Real-time flow information is available for the California Salmon River on our Updated River Conditions page.

Local Weather

The California Salmon's proximity to the Pacific Ocean makes it susceptible to quick changes in weather and temperature. Cold rain (and even snow) frequently occur in April and early May. Although late May and early June typically offer hot days, cold storms may suddenly and unexpectedly blow in from the North Pacific. Always bring sun protection and cold weather rafting and camping gear, especially a tent, when traveling "up north" for a river trip.

For specific questions, contact our Reservations office at (800) 247-2387.

Accommodations:

Campgrounds

Nordheimer Campground in Klamath National Forest: Ranger District (530) 627-3291
This beautiful and secluded campground is in the heart of the Salmon River whitewater area and is only about 20 minutes from the AO meet place. There are 12 first come, first served sites. Group sites require a reservation.

Elk Creek Campground: Happy Camp, (530) 493-2208
Located in the northern part of the Klamath National Forest, this accommodation offers tent camping, full service RV hookup sites, and cabin rentals. About an hour from the AO meet place.

Marble Mountain Ranch: Somes Bar, (800) KLAMATH (552-6284)
This full service lodge offers furnished deluxe homes, cottages, full RV hookups, and group campgrounds. Their Klamath River cottages and homes vary in size and can accommodate groups as large as eight. The group campsites have free access to a central shower house and laundry facilities. Located about 20 minutes from the AO meet place.

Hotels and B&B's

Please note that due to the remote location of our meet place, the number and quality of nearby accommodations is limited.

Sandy Bar Ranch: Orleans, (530) 627-3379
Enjoy wilderness and seclusion at this Ranch located along the Klamath River.  Cabin rentals are available which can accommodate up to four people.  Each cabin has a covered outdoor deck and a fully equipped kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. About 20 minutes from the AO meet place.

Forest Lodge Motel: Happy Camp, (530) 493-5296
Conveniently located off of scenic Hwy 96, this motel offers 15 guest rooms, some of which can fit up to four people.  Each room includes cable TV, microwave, small refrigerator, and Queen bed.  Nearby activities include fishing, biking and hiking trails.  About an hour from the AO meet place.

Hampton Inn and Suites: Arcata, (707) 822-5896
This hotel is located near the Hwy 101 and Hwy 299 junction making it a convenient overnight spot for guests coming from the coast. You might appreciate their complimentary breakfast and beverage areas, snack shop, and/or room service. About 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the AO meet place.

Best Western Miners Inn: Yreka, (530) 842-4355 or (800) 444-1320
Conveniently located in downtown Yreka, this Inn offers 150 guest rooms and 2-bedroom apartment suites with kitchenettes.  Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor pool, Internet access, and cable TV.  About 2.5 hours from the AO meet place. 

Travelodge: Redding, (530) 243-5291 or (800) 243-1106
This AAA approved location features newly renovated rooms and free sit-down breakfast at an off-site location OR a to-go breakfast basket. Amenities include in-room wireless Internet access, TV/HBO, indoor spa; kitchenettes are available. About a 3-hour drive from the AO meet place.