Swimming Holes



Willow Creek Area

Big Rock, Willow Creek north on Hwy 96 on the right side by the Lower Trinity

Ranger District USFS Office.    

Horse LInto Creek


Sandy Bar


Tish Tang, located on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation approximately 2 miles south of downtown Hoopa on Hwy. 96 mile marker 8
Trinity River, East side south of Hoopa bridge, kitty corner from the Assembly of God church, trail down to beach and rocks.  Good for little children, not too deep.  You still need to supervise over by the rocks.
Klamath River
Not advised for the lower Klamath near the town of Klamath (algae alerts occasionally during the summer). Check for algae alerts.
Also do not use the religious dance areas (the dance pit or benches) for picnicking or activities.
Eel River
Corazonitas, Hwy. 36 mile markers 23.37 and 23.42 Turnouts on both sides of the road for parking
Jewel Box, named because there used to be a store there named the Jewel Box (rocks and things).  Located below Phillipsville going south on the Avenue of the Giants, small area to park alongside the road and walk down to the river.  Innertubes and low level water activities because of the dam on the headwaters.  Garden Center now at that site.
Richardson Grove State Park, off Hwy 101 south of Garberville, day permit fee
David Wilson Pholograph, Milky Way over Woman's Federation Club Grove
Women's Federation Club Grove aka Woman's Grove.  off of Hwy. 101 on Avenue of the Giants near Honeydew exit.  Low water now because of the dams on the Eel River.  Avoid in late August because of low water, moss and algae.  It is still fun though, picnicking, parking available, warm and sunny.  
Mad River-Adventurous
Swinging Bridge, head towards Kneeland Airport.  Road is not paved. At the end of Jack Shaw road look for the parking area to the left, watch out for soft soil and your vehicle.  Hike in on trail from parking lot.  Rope to help climb at the top.  Climb down trail.  Main beach is upstream about 100 ft.  Wade and pick a spot.
Smith River


Upper Trinity River Area-Adventurous
Broken Bridge, Swimming and Rock Climbing, Off Hwy. 299, take a right onto South Fork Road 15 minutes, take a right at the Peach Farm sign on gravel road. Immediately to the left on partial paved road follow down to parking area.  Hike into the Blue Lagoon, challenging trail.  No flip flops, wear good river shoes and pack light.
Van Duzen River Area (Map)
Swimmer’s Delight/Pamplin Grove, Van Duzen State Park, Off Hwy. 101 East on Hwy 36 12 miles

  • Day-use area with access to Van Duzen River, trails, old-growth redwoods - $5 day-use fee
  • Swimmers Delight Campground (30 sites, first-come/first-serve, seven-night maximum, coin-operated showers)
    • Individual camping fee (Swimmers Delight): $25 per night and $10 per electrical hookup.
  • Pamplin Grove Campground (group campsite, reservations required) 
    • Group Camping Fee (Pamplin Grove) Open May 1 to October 31
      • Weekends & Holidays $650
      • Weekdays, Excluding Holidays $350
      • Weekdays, Special Groups $275
      • Refundable Cleaning Deposit $100