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Directions

Cal-Salmon River Directions
Cal-Salmon River Directions

Meeting Place & Time

NORDHEIMER CAMPGROUND

We will meet you by 9:00 a.m. on the first day of your trip at Nordheimer Campground (Unless you have made other arrangements to meet at a different time.)

From Redding, CA

Take Hwy. 299 West to Willow Creek. Take Hwy. 96 north toward Orleans. About 8 miles past Orleans you will cross the Salmon River and the Salmon River Road will be on your right (it is not marked but there is a green sign to Forks of the Salmon). Turn right and go about 13.5 miles. USE CAUTION: The Salmon River Road is narrow and not well maintained. Nordheimer Campground is on your left (If you get to Forks of the Salmon you've gone 4 miles too far).

Please call us before your trip for a campsite location

From Arcata, CA

Travel east on 299 to the 96 exit at Willow Creek. Turn north on 96 to Somes Bar.Commercial air is available into Redding (approx. 160 miles to Somes Bar) or Arcata (approx. 90miles to Somes Bar). An excellent map of the area is available from the local ranger station inSomes Bar. Ask for "Klamath National Forest, Forest Region 5" map.

From Oregon

Option A - From Oregon take I-5 south to Ashland (fill your gas tank here). And then into California, take exit 786 going to Hwy 96, this is just after the Hornbrook exit (this exit is also a rest area!)– the exit is located somewhat in a canyon before you start going up hill – (if you miss this exit head towards Yreka and just turn around)

Once off the off ramp stay right and the Klamath river will be on your left, from here go until you get to the town of Happy Camp, CA. Just before entering Happy Camp, you’ll see a card-lock Gas station on your left. (By the way there are a lot of cops on this HWY and some of these communities are speed traps.) This is a great place top off your gas tank. Once back on Hwy 96 passing through Happy Camp, drive another 45 minutes or so until you get to Somes Bar. In Somes Bar drive until you pass the Somes Bar General store (great little store to get some supply), about a 1/4 mile past the store you’ll see the turn-off for the Salmon River Rd.

Take a left onto the Salmon River Rd and follow until you get to Nordheimer Campground.

CAUTION! This is a narrow, winding road!! Take your time, there are a lot of blind corners!

Once you get to Nordheimer campground, just pass it and go over the Nordheimer creek bridge, immediately following the bridge on the left hand side you’ll see a gate – ENTER and you’ll have made it. Cheers.

Option B - From Oregon take I-5 south to Ashland (fill your gas tank here). Take Hwy.199 south (or west) about 40 miles to O'Brien. From O'Brien there is a left turn that goes over the mountain to Happy Camp (29 miles). When you reach Hwy. 96 in Happy Camp, turn right and you'll go about 41 miles to Somes Bar (a store on your right). The Salmon River road as described above is another 1/4 mile on your left (don't cross the bridge). Travel time from Grants Pass to Somes Bar is about 2-1/2 hours.

Option C - From Oregon take I-5 south to Ashland (fill your gas tank here). Get off the second or third Yreka exit, take a left onto Hwy 3 and follow it out of town to Etna. Once in the town of Etna turn right onto the Main Street and follow the Etna Rd up to the Salmon Mtn. Pass. You will go through Sawyers Bar and the small township of the Forks of the Salmon; there the road will take a sharp right (for a landmark you will pass a school just past the right turn). Approximately 3 miles past the Forks you will cross the Salmon River, shortly thereafter you’ll see Nordheimer Campground on your right. Turn into the campground and take a left into the group-site area.

Driving Times and Distances

• Redding 145mi / 3 hr
• San Francisco 373mi / 6.5 hr
• Seattle 576mi / 9 hr
• Sacramento 300mi / 5.5 hr
• Los Angeles 694mi / 10.5 hr
• Reno 438mi / 6.75 hr
• Portland 427mi / 6.5 hr
• Ashland 131 / 2.5 hr
• Eugene 310 / 5.5 hr
AIRPORTS: Commercial…Eugene, Medford, Eureka & Redding
Private…Eureka & Happy Camp

Pre and Post Trip Accommodations and Camping;

Pre and Post trip accommodations are not included in your trip price.
Orleans Mining Company (Motel) (530) 627-3213
Otter Bar Lodge, Forks of Salmon (530) 462-4772
Elk Creek Campground, Happy Camp (530) 493-2208
Oak Bottom Campground, 2 mi. east of Somes Bar on Salmon River Road

Activities and Attractions

The Pacific Crest Trail runs through 120 miles of the Klamath National Forest and Somes Bar is surrounded by 3 wilderness areas. Please check with the Ranger stations listed below for more information about hiking, camping and wilderness packing.
Happy Camp Ranger Station (530) 493-2243.
Orleans Ranger District (530) 627-3291.
Siskiyou County Visitor’s Bureau (530) 926-3850 www.visitsiskiyou.org


McKenzie Directions
McKenzie Directions

Directions & Meeting Locations for McKenzie River Rafting trips departing Belknap Hot Springs Lodge, High Country Exp. Office:

Meet in front of our McKenzie river office located at Belknap Resort & Hot Springs on N. Belknap Springs Road. The resort is located off Hwy. 126 between mile marker 54 & 19, approximately ½ mile east of the Hwy 242 junction, follow the signs to the resort. From Sisters take Hwy 20 to Hwy 126 and follow the mile markers and the signs to Belknap Springs.

Half-Day McKenzie River Rafting Trips:

Morning half-day trips meet at Belknap Resort between 9:30 & 9:45 am; afternoon half-day trips meet at Belknap between 1:30 & 1:45pm.

We will provide all the necessary life jackets, splash gear, wet suits & booties (on a request basis only!), boating equipment, paddling instructions, river safety talk, and shuttle service back to your vehicle.

Full Day McKenzie River Rafting Trips:

Full-day rafting trips meet in front of our Belknap Hot Springs office between 9:30 & 9:45 am.

We will provide all the necessary life jackets, splash gear, wet suits & booties (on a request basis only!), boating equipment, paddling instructions, river safety talk, a hearty 3 course riverside meal served by your guides and shuttle service back to your vehicle. All special dietary needs must be request at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled trip.

Please contact us at least 24 hours prior to you trip with sizes for members on this trip; height, weight and shoe size. You may also e-mail the information to us. Please be sure to include your trip date and the name your reservation is under.

We recommend synthetic river-wear, hats, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen for the river trips. Feel free to bring your own beverages (No glass.) A dry bag is available on each trip to keep essential personal belongings safe and dry.

Driving Times:

  • Portland…3 hrs.
  • Eugene/Springfield…1hr.
  • Bend…1.25 hrs.
  • Salem…1.25 hrs.

Airports:

  • Commercial: Redmond & Eugene
  • Private…McKenzie Bridge

From Eugene / Springfield / Portland

From I-5, heading north, take East 194a or I-105 or Highway 126 East toward Springfield.

From I-5, heading south, take Exit 194a to I-105 or Highway 126 East.

Stay on I-105 Eastbound until you reach the second light, this is an major intersection, which is where I-105 intersects with Highway 126. Get into the left lane and take a left onto Highway 126 (follow the signs to the "McKenzie river Recreation area). Once on Highway 126 in Springfield travel for Approx. 55 miles. 4 miles past the town of McKenzie Bridge you will pass the junction of Oregon Scenic Highway 242, approx. 1/2 past this junction (still on HWY 126) you will see signs for Belknap Hot Springs. Follow the signs and take a left onto North Belknap Springs Road - Our office is located a 1/4 mile down the road, just to left of the main entrance to the lodge.

From Bend / Sisters / Redmond

Travel West on Highway 22 and pass over Santiam Pass, follow the signs for Eugene / Springfield, Take a left onto Hwy 20 and then another left onto Hwy126 (These are well marked). Once on Highway 126 follow the mile markers (which start at mile 1 as soon as Hwy126 begins) to mile 18 1/2 and you will see signs for Belknap Hot Springs. Follow the signs and take a right onto N. Belknap Springs Road - Our office is located just to the left of the main lodge entrance approximately a 1/4 mile down the road.

Sister - Scenic Highway 242

CAUTION! This is an extremely winding road not recommended for Motor-home or Travel trailer usage!

Follow the signs from Sister to Highway 242 and follow it for Approx. 40 miles to the junction of Highway 126. There take a left onto Highway 126 and travel for approx. 1/2 mile. Follow the signs to Belknap and take a left onto Belknap Springs Road - Follow the signs and take a right onto N. Belknap Springs Road - Our office is located just to the left of the main lodge entrance approximatly a 1/4 mile down the road

Our High Country McKenzie office has souvenir's including hats, t-shirts, books... available for purchase. If you have any further questions or are interested in lodging and dining information in the McKenzie Valley, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-461-7238, check out this web page for more information, or visit us at our office located at Belknap Resort & Hot Springs on Belknap Springs Road.

High Country Expeditions leads whitewater rafting trips on some of the finest scenic rivers in Oregon and California.