California Salmon

Travel Info for the California Salmon

Meet Place for California Salmon River Trips

Brannon Bar River Access near Somes Bar, CA

For local information call Orleans Ranger District: (530) 627-3291

Note: If you plan to use a GPS navigation system or online mapping service, please use in conjunction with the driving directions we provide below.

Meet Time: 9:00 am

All-Outdoors Cal-Salmon trips usually start at 9:00 am, but keep in mind that meet times may vary. Please refer to the information sent to you in your Trip Confirmation email, check with your group’s organizer, or contact our office.

Driving Directions to the California Salmon

The fastest route from the San Francisco Bay Area is I-5 to Hwy 299

  • 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)

We encourage you to print and use our driving directions and not rely strictly on GPS navigation. GPS / cellular service is limited to nonexistent in outlying areas.


Driving Distances and Times to Meeting Place From:

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!


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.

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.


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.

Local Information

River Conditions
(Real Time)

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

Local Weather

The important thing to remember about the weather in the Sierra Foothills is that it can change on short notice. It is always best to be prepared for any kind of weather situation.

Seasonal patterns do exist. In April and May, days are generally breezy and warm (60-70 degrees). Nights can be in the 50's; generally cooler during the earlier spring trips. The summer months are usually hot and dry (85-100 degrees). Night temperatures can range from the low 60's to the low 70's.

Even though these patterns exist, it is not uncommon to get a 90 degree day in May and a breezy, rainy day in June or July. It is always important to bring sun protection and cold weather gear to the river. You can decide which is most appropriate once you have arrived

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

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