Salmon River, California
Second largest tributary of the Klamath River, the Salmon is a coldwater treasure of Pacific coastal rain forest, spring Chinook salmon, and other fish and wildlife. The productive Salmon River will be an essential kingpin of future salmon recovery in the Klamath River system. Its headwaters lie in the rugged and wild Marble, Russian, and Trinity Alps Mountain Ranges of North Central California. The basin is dam-free and lies almost entirely within the Klamath National Forest, with just under half its area fully protected as Wilderness.