Description - The Lower Trinity Ranger District is bisected by State Highway 299, the main travel route in Northwestern California to reach the Northcoast. Willow Creek is approximately 100 miles west of Redding and 45 miles east of Eureka / Arcata. At one time, a major timber producing area, Willow Creek no longer supports a major manufacturing industry. Willow Creek, however, is a recreation destination for sport fishing, including salmon and steelhead, kayakers, and river rafters who heavily use the Main Stem and South Fork of the Trinity River most of the year. The area is also famous for bigfoot, achieving notoriety through the years as a hub for sightings. Hunting also is a big draw to the area with large deer and bear populations.
- The Lower Trinity has over 35 documented trails, more than any district in the Six Rivers National Forest. Some of these trails offer access to river fishing and camping.
There are many opportunities for fishing along the shores of the Trinity River. The River's headwaters begin in the rugged Trinity Alps, making it's way through the wilderness, settling into deep valleys, transitioning to spacious glides and inviting beaches until finally meeting up with the mighty Klamath River at Weitchpec. The natural beauty has been one of the most popular sights for North Coast river recreation, particularly with the easy access from Highway 299.
Mill Creek Lake lies at about 5,900 feet in elevation and encompasses 5 acres. The lake sits amid a beautiful setting surrounded by willows, alders and manzanitas. Impressive steep granite cliffs hold the southeast portion of the lake. Mill Lake is stocked with several species of trout.
The Lower Trinity Ranger District has one seasonal (handicapped equipped) and one year-round developed campground. Developed campgrounds are equipped with vault or flush toilets, fire rings and / or stoves, tables, parking for two vehicles, and drinking water (unless otherwise noted). Electrical hookups are not provided. All sites and campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a 14-day limit for occupying a campground, and pets on leashes are permitted.
Six Rivers National Forest is home to many beautiful botanical areas. These areas are protected contain rare and endangered plants and flowers. Please respect these areas during your visit.
Recreation - Recreational activities found on the Long Trinity Ranger District include camping, hiking, viewing nature, fishing, swimming, rafting, river running, and more.
Climate - Temperatures in the winter may drop into the 40s and 50s with occasional snow at the higher altitudes. The rainy season runs from October to April. Summers are dry with temperatures reaching 100 degrees.
Ranger Station: Half-mile north of Willow Creek on State Route 96.
East Fork: 6 miles west of Willow Creek on Highway 299.
Hawkins Bar River Access: 10 miles east of Willow Creek on Highway 299.