SITE 26
PATRICK'S CREEK

Directions: Go north on Highway 101 4.3 miles, go east on Highway 199 21.6 miles to Patrick’s Creek Lodge, turn left into parking lot.

Amenities:

hiking camping restrooms lodging food accessible

Sponsor:
 Six Rivers National Forest, Smith River National Recreation Area
 
Description:
This historic lodge sits at the confluence of Patrick’s Creek and the Smith River. Originally an overnight stage stop between the coast and inland, the 150-year old lodge still offers amenities to the traveler. Vintage decorated rooms and excellent cuisine are available throughout the year. From the landscaped grounds, a wheelchair accessible cement walkway passes under the highway to a landing overlooking the river. This is an excellent spot to watch for riparian species; Common Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, and American Dipper are the most common riverside birdlife. Patrick’s Creek is one of the county’s more viable, healthy streams for wild salmon and is being restored under fish rehabilitation projects through the Smith River Recreation Area. A short drive up the gravel roadway that parallels the creek during November through January may provide a rare glimpse of spawning King Chinook or Silver Coho Salmon and more dippers.
 
patrick's creek map
 
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