The Eel River makes up the state’s third-largest watershed and flows through rugged interior mountains and fog-shrouded coastal rain-forest. The river supports one of California’s largest wild salmon and steelhead runs as well as its largest remaining old-growth redwood forests.
The BLM manages Dos Rios, the popular put-in place for rafters and kayakers making the four-day run through the famous Eel River canyon to Alderpoint. The South Fork is a remote Class IV run through the Elkhorn Ridge Wilderness Area.
The Eel River has received both state (1972) and federal (1981) wild and scenic river designation.