Backpackers are required to carry one hard-sided bear resistant proof canister. Information on approved models is available online. The canisters must store of all food, trash, and toiletries for your trip. Backpackers failing to use canisters are subject to fines (43 CFR 8365.1-6). Note: These canisters are NOT bear spray or pepper spray.
Canisters are available for rent for $5.00 per canister per trip with a $75.00 credit card deposit. These canisters have a 600 cubic inch capacity (8" x 12"). Canisters may be returned to any of the following rental locations during business hours. King Range National Conservation Area (NCA) Project Office has a 24-hour drop box.
Canisters are available for rent at the following locations:
King Range NCA Project Office
768 Shelter Cove Road, Whitethorn
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
BLM Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road, Arcata
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:45 am to 4:30 pm
Petrolia General Store (5 miles from the Mattole trailhead)
40 Sherman Avenue, Petrolia
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 am to 5 pm; Sun, 11 am to 4:30 pm
Note: Accepts cash only.
Other places that rent canisters (call for availability, hours, and pricing):
Shelter Cove General Store
7272 Shelter Cove Road, Shelter Cove
Humboldt State University's Center of Activities
1 Harpst Street, Arcata
Lost Coast Adventure Tours
Several outdoor gear stores rent canisters. Availability, pricing, and canister styles vary per location.