SITE 20
SMITH RIVER ESTUARY AND MOUTH

Directions: Go north on Highway 101 16.5 miles to Mouth of Smith River Road, turn left, go 0.4 mile to parking lot.

Amenities:

lodging food gas important bird area

Sponsor: Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce

 


Description:
The wild and scenic Smith River—its undammed azure waters among the cleanest in the lower 48 states—supports large runs of wild salmon. The estuary and mouth are habitat for a variety of year-round resident and migrating birds, including Common and Pacific Loon, Brown Pelican, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, and Western and Glaucous-winged Gull. The estuary is the best spot in the county to see Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, and Great Blue Heron. Watch for harbor seals basking in the sun or a local family of river otters. Rare birds recorded here are Trumpeter Swan, Yellow Rail, and Phainopepla.

 
smith river mouth map
 
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