Trinity Alps Proposed WSRs

Fact Sheet: Trinity Alps Proposed WSRs

These proposed Wild and Scenic Rivers flow from the magnificent Trinity Alps Wilderness, providing important habitat for salmon and steelhead migrating to and from the Trinity River, as well as outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities and scenery.

Canyon Creek – 17.8 miles

Canyon Creek flows from an alpine lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness past meadows, over waterfalls, and a through a rugged, heavily forested canyon to the Trinity River. The creek provides good steelhead and salmon habitat and its canyon is one of the more popular trail routes into the Wilderness. The creek offers class III-IV whitewater boating opportunities. The watershed provides habitat for Pacific fisher, marten, wolverine, bald eagle, spotted owl, and Peregrine falcon. The creek was recommended for protection by the Forest Service.

North Fork Trinity River – 27.7 miles

The North Fork Trinity River rises from the Trinity Alps high country and flows south to the Trinity River. The North Fork provides excellent habitat for coho and Chinook salmon, and steelhead. The North Fork’s spectacular scenery, rugged canyon, and waterfalls attracts hikers, backpackers, anglers, and hunters. The river also offers class IV-V whitewater boating opportunities. The watershed provides habitat for Pacific fisher, marten, wolverine, bald eagle, spotted owl, and Peregrine falcon. The river is recommended for protection by the Forest Service.

East Fork North Fork Trinity River – 17.4 miles

Along with the North Fork Trinity and Canyon Creek, the East Fork North Fork is considered by the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to be an important stream for maintaining stocks of genetically pure wild anadromous fish. The stream support summer steelhead, spring chinook salmon, and coho salmon.

Virgin Creek & New River – 15 miles

From its source in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, Virgin Creek cuts its way through bedrock and flows over numerous waterfalls on its journey to the New River. These streams support one of the largest remaining populations of rare summer steelhead in California and provides excellent opportunities for primitive recreation in the scenic Trinity Alps Wilderness. The New River also offers class III-V whitewater boating opportunities. The streams are recommended for protection by the Forest Service.

Quick Facts

  • Management Agency: U.S. Forest Service ~ Shasta-Trinity National Forests
  • Location: Trinity County; CA 2nd Congressional District
  • Watershed: Trinity River
  • Size: Canyon Creek–17.8; North Fork Trinity River–27.7; East Fork North Fork Trinity River–17.4; Virgin Creek-New River–15
  • Recreational Uses: Camping, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, non-motorized boating
  • Ecological Values: Migratory habitat for salmon and steelhead trout; waterfalls, rare mammal habitat