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Smith-River is located in the northwestern corner of California, just six miles from the Oregon border. The Smith River is included in the National Wild and Scenic River System, with more than 300 miles of the river designated as wild and scenic. This is more than any other river in the country! The Smith River National Recreational Area has 450 miles of forests, rocky canyons, creeks and streams, remote wilderness and lakes. Winter rains turn the creeks and canyons in this region into gushing waterfalls and white water streams and wildflowers are abundant. Pacific Dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendrons dot the landscape. Fall is just as beautiful when the hills and forests turn into a kaleidoscope of color. Kayaking and fishing are two of the most popular sports along the Smith River, but there is also swimming and snorkeling, tubing and rafting, hiking in the backcountry, mountain biking and camping. There are 75 miles of hiking trails inside the Smith River Recreational Area, as well as 27 miles of scenic highway along the Smith River Scenic Byway. Smith River is located inside Del Norte County and other highlights include exploring the spectacular Redwood forests, beachcombing and jet boats and ocean tours. Nearby attractions include Oceanworld, Trees of Mystery and Oregon Caverns.

Surrounding areas: Crescent City, California (12.7 mi), Gasquet, California (14.0 mi)

Smith River Vacation Rentals

Smith River Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Beachfront Inn16008 Boat Basin RdHarbor, OR8.9 mi.(541) 469-7779
Harbor Inn Motel15991 Hwy 101 SBrookings, OR10.0 mi.(541) 469-3194
Best Western Northwoods Inn655 Redwood Hwy 101 SouthCrescent City, CA12.6 mi.(707) 464-9771
Econo Lodge725 Us Hwy 101 NCrescent City, CA12.6 mi.(707) 464-6106
Harbor Motel441 US Hwy 101 SCrescent City, CA12.6 mi.(707) 464-6111
Pacific Motor Hotel440 Hwy 101 NCrescent City, CA12.6 mi.(707) 464-4141
Super 8 Motel-crescent City685 Hwy 101 SCrescent City, CA12.6 mi.(707) 464-4111
Days Inn220 M StCrescent City, CA12.7 mi.(707) 464-9553
Econo Lodge119 L StCrescent City, CA12.8 mi.(707) 464-2181
Holiday Inn Express100 Walton StCrescent City, CA12.9 mi.(707) 464-3885

Smith River Weather & Climate

Northwest California near the Smith River and the Oregon border has a cool weather climate year round. Summer temperatures are normally around the 65-degree mark, and rarely exceed 80 degrees. Unlike many other parts of the state, rain can be expected almost any month of the year, although the official rainy season runs October through March or early April. The average annual rainfall is 75 inches per year. Located near the Pacific Ocean, this region frequently experiences low clouds and fog right along the coastline, with clearing the further inland you travel. The same cool, ocean mists that nurture the giant redwoods of the region provide relief for visitors who come to the area to escape the summer heat of the interior valleys.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 63°F 39°F 11.15 in. 50°F
February 66°F 40°F 10.17 in. 51°F
March 68°F 41°F 10.02 in. 51°F
April 74°F 43°F 5.57 in. 51°F
May 80°F 48°F 3.43 in. 53°F
June 89°F 53°F 1.53 in. 55°F
July 96°F 58°F 0.40 in. 55°F
August 96°F 59°F 0.73 in. 59°F
September 91°F 56°F 1.93 in. 57°F
October 82°F 50°F 5.16 in. 54°F
November 71°F 43°F 11.62 in. 53°F
December 64°F 39°F 11.59 in. 51°F

Smith River Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Jack Mc Namara Field (CEC) located about 11 miles southwest of Smith River in Crescent City, California, the Illinois Valley airport (3S4) located approximately 27 miles east of Smith River in Cave Junction, Oregon, the Arcata airport (ACV) located roughly 66 miles south of Smith River in Arcata / Eureka, California, the Cape Blanco State airport (5S6) located around 66 miles northwest of Smith River in Denmark, Oregon, and finally the Rogue Valley International Medford airport (MFR) located about 72 miles east of Smith River in Medford, Oregon.

Smith River Attractions

Golf Courses
Salmon Run Golf CourseBrookingsOR10.4 mi.
Del Norte Golf ClubCrescent CityCA12.7 mi.
Kings Valley Golf CourseCrescent CityCA12.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount AshlandAshlandOR76.9 mi.
State Parks
Crissey Field State ParkOR4.7 mi. 
Winchuck State ParkOR4.7 mi. 
McVay Rock State ParkOR6.1 mi. 
Harris Beach State ParkOR11.0 mi. 
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State ParkCA11.3 mi. 
Loeb State ParkOR12.0 mi. 
Redwood State ParkOR12.1 mi. 
Samuel H Boardman State ParkOR15.8 mi. 
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State ParkCA18.6 mi. 
Pistol River State ParkOR26.0 mi. 
Rough and Ready State ParkOR27.1 mi. 
Cape Sebastian State ParkOR30.2 mi. 
Illinois River Forks State ParkOR30.3 mi. 
Buena Vista State ParkOR32.7 mi. 
Prairie Creek Redwoods State ParkCA37.9 mi. 
Otter Point State ParkOR38.5 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Sequoia Park ZooEurekaCA78.4 mi.
Wildlife SafariWinstonOR90.5 mi.

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