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Description - California's Eel River flows through canyons most of its length, but ends in a gently sloping valley with virgin redwood stands. Its salmon and steelhead fishery is of commercial importance to the local area.

Attractions - California's Eel River flows through canyons most of its length, but ends in a gently sloping valley with virgin redwood stands. Its salmon and steelhead fishery is of commercial importance to the local area.

Designated Wild and Scenic River Sections: From the mouth of the river to 100 yards below Van Ardsdale Dam. The Middle Fork from its confluence with the main stem to the southern boundary of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness Area. The South Fork from its confluence with the main stem to the Section Four Creek confluence. The North Fork from its confluence with the main stem to Old Gilman Ranch. The Van Duzen River from the confluence with the Eel River to Dinsmure Bridge.

Recreation - The Eel River offers salmon and steelhead fishing.

Climate - Days in California are typically clear with less than 25 percent humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high of 85 degrees F and a low of 50 degrees F respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60 degrees F, and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers are hot, over 100 degrees F during the day and not cooling much below 75 degrees F until the early morning.

Location - The Eel River is located in California's North Coast Region. The mouth of the river is just south of Eureka.


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Additional Information:
California Rivers - This section mainly describes California's designated Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Mendocino National Forest - The Mendocino National Forest straddles the eastern spur of the Coastal Mountain Range in northwestern California. The Forest encompasses about one million acres of mountains and canyons.
North Coast Region - The North Coast Region, stretches over 400 miles of rugged coastline from San Francisco to the redwood forests near the Oregon border. Inland are some of California's best vineyards and quaint villages.

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