An angler tries his luck fly fishing on the Trinity Wild and Scenic River.  Photo by BLM.


The Trinity River emerges clear and cold from Lewiston Lake and flows through a deep mountain valley cloaked with conifers. The river is very popular among salmon and steelhead anglers who are often seen on crisp fall and winter mornings fly fishing from drift boats. The area has an abundance of camping places including the BLM-managed Steel Bridge, Douglas City, and Junction City campgrounds. The river has many undeveloped public access points along the corridor. Boaters plying the class I and II rapids should look for brush hazards and fallen trees.

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The Trinity is legendary for its salmon and steelhead fishing by drift boat or walk-in riverside spots, as well as for trophy brown trout. Chinook salmon are the most sought-after gamefish in the Trinity River system. Spring-run salmon begin to enter the river in May and provide trophy fishing through November. Although brown trout are not native, they were heavily stocked until the late 1970s. Today, a self-sustaining population remains in the upper river, providing fly and bait fishing.

California Wild & Scenic Rivers


BLM - 17 miles
Total - 203 miles

Wild, Scenic, Recreational

Designation Dates:
January 19, 1981

Designating Legislation:
Secretarial Order

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Bureau of Land Management
Redding Field Office
6640 Lockheed Drive
Redding, CA 96002

Phone: 530-224-2100


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An angler tries his luck fly fishing on the Trinity Wild and Scenic River.