The Salmon River flows from the Marble, Russian, and Trinity Alps Mountains of far Northern California. It is the second largest tributary to the Klamath River. The Salmon River joins the Klamath at Somes Bar, California, about 106 km (66 miles) upstream from the Pacific Ocean.
The watershed is almost entirely public land. There are no dams, diversions, urban areas, major industry or agriculture in the watershed and, consequently, the water is of exceptionally high quality. The cool, clean water of the Salmon River is crucial the overall health of the Klamath River fishery.
The Salmon River provides excellent habitat for fish and other aquatic life yet benefits from continued restoration efforts aimed to help the river recover from past land management practices including extensive mining, logging, wild fires, road-building, and grazing as well as ongoing threats such as noxious weeds and high summertime water temperatures.
At this moment, the Salmon River is providing gallons of clean, cool water to the Klamath River every minute. This immediately increases the Klamath's flow by % and represents about % of the Klamath's flow into the Pacific Ocean.
More flow information is on our River Flows, Weather, & Wildfires page.