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On The River
Perhaps the most popular activity along the Trinity River is fishing. The spring and fall salmon runs and the fall and winter steelhead fishing have thrilled fishermen from ancient times right up to today. Weather, with particular emphasis on rainfall and water temperatures, impacts the dates and numbers of fish for the seasons. Spring salmon generally appear in the Willow Creek area around the first week of May and the fishing stays hot through mid June. Fall run salmon are plentiful in late September and early October in the Willow Creek area. In recent years there has been a substantial winter run from December into spring. Steelhead begin appearing in the Trinity in mid August with a strong run in September and October with half pounders arriving ahead of the bigger fish. In the winter months, drift boats take many fish in the 7 to 15 pound category. Returning steelhead are fished through the month of March. Local merchants, fishermen and drift fishing outfitters are good sources of fishing information.
Willow Creek has many world class rivers to run, within a 45 minute drive. The legendary Klamath is California's premier multi-day river trip. The Cal-Salmon offers a class V section of whitewater run by the experts. The versatile upper Trinity offers a classic class III run of moderate rapids, followed by the Burnt Ranch Gorge, one of the toughest runs in the state. The lower Trinity is a wonderful, wild and scenic section that attracts canoeists and tubers.
The Lower Trinity is a superb swimming river. Warm clear waters along with 90+ summer days allow you to spend an entire day at the beach. If you like to people watch, try Kimtu or Bigrock Beach. If seclusion is your choice, a spot might be Tish Tang, Horse Linto Creek, Sandy Bar or one of the many side tributaries.
For a change of pace, consider playing a round of golf at the Willow Creek Golf and Country Club. The nine hole par 35 course is open year round. Club & cart rentals are available.
First rate productions are held at the Redbud Theatre located in Salyer, five miles east of Willow Creek.
The Hupa Tribal Museum is the finest, most complete, Native American Museum in Northern California. The Willow Creek/China Flat museum houses an extensive collection of historical artifacts, antique logging and mining equipment, along with a miner's cabin, gold mine and blacksmith shop. The museum is also home to the renowned Bigfoot Collection.
Once a week during the summer months, Willow Creek offers an intimate Farmers' Market where local produce, art, and food can be purchased. In the park setting, next to the Willow Creek/China Flat Museum, you can shop or simply pull up a bench and enjoy local musicians as they entertain the community.
It's worth the drive over the mountain to enjoy the delicious produce our valley provides. Roadside stands offer fresh-picked corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and beans as well as the best fruit you can find anywhere. Peaches, cherries, melons, berries all are at their peak in the summer in Willow Creek. Nurseries cater to the spring gardner and offer a variety of locally grown plants and herbs.
It all started with Ed Oliviera & Dean Williams discovering that Willow Creek's rocky mountain soils, long hot sunny summers, and cool nights all working together grow fantastic wine grapes. Today there are numerous small vineyards situated along the magnificent Trinity River valley and the surrounding mountains. Each in their own unique setting but all enjoying what is proving to be an absolute perfect climate for wine grapes. We boast several family operated botique wineries that offer informal testing of their Estate wines. You will experience actually meeting the families who grow the grapes and make the wine, sit with them in these refreshing natural setting and enjoy the passions and flavors of their wines. By the way, you will not be charged for tasting.
In the Mountains
|Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2009 10:43|