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Description - Eel River Recreation Area provide fishing along the Eel River and the several lake it includes. Camping is offered at Hammerhorn Campground by Hammerhorn Lake and Little Doe Campground by Howard Lake, which is stocked with rainbow trout.

Visitors with trailers can find accommodations at the privately operated Eel River Trailer Park.

There are several hiking trails in this area and the trailhead for the Traveler's Home National Recreation Trail starts just north of the Eel River Work Center.

Recreation - Eel River Recreation Area provides opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities.

Climate - The climate on the Mendocino is greatly influenced by elevation. As throughout California, most of the precipitation comes between November and April. This comes in the form of rain at the lower elevations and some wet, heavy snow in the higher elevations. April through October are normally dry, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.

Location - The Eel River Recreation Area is located along the Middle Fork of the Eel river and its tributaries, approximately 10 miles east of Covelo in the Covelo Ranger District. The area ranges from Little Doe Campground by Howard Lake to Hammerhorn Campground by Hammerhorn Lake.


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Filed By: John Griffith (Ukiah, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Travelers Home Trail... In June my crew of ten young folks from the California Conservation COrps did some much-needed work on this trail. Mostly brushing and reconstruction through a trail-killing slide. THis trail is great for the plant enthusiast -- WHite fir, doug fir, spectacular madrones, sea spray, firecracker lily, native grasses, oaks galore, clarkia, jeffrey, ponderosa and sugar pine to name a few. If you hike about 3 miles you get to a lovely meadow. OK "lovely" isn't a great word. Let me use "Bad-ass" meadow. We camped at the bad-ass meadow for four nights. A family of foxes reminded us nightly they we were too close to their den. We stayed and they made unappreciative sounds to us each night around 9 o'clock. There's a creek there. Views? Some.. Noting like the trail across the river canyon called Hell Hole. Be warned: Hell hole trail is appropriately named. I recommend it to those of you who really love rugged country. Traveler's Home trail needs a lot more work. Unfortunately, there isn't funding for that. But if peace and solitude is your desired destination, then find the trailhead to Traveler's Home.


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Contact Information:
Covelo Ranger District, 78150 Covelo Road , Covelo, CA, 95428, Phone: 707-983-6118, TTY: 707-983-6123

Additional Information:
Covelo Ranger District - Covelo Ranger District offers a wide variety of recreational activities to participate in. In the District are miles of hiking trails, horseback riding trails and campgrounds. This District provides and excellent access point for the Yolla Bolly Wilderness.

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