Located in the King Range Wilderness, this highly scenic stream is part of a unique coastal backcountry backpacking and camping area along the Lost Coast Trail. The stream also provides spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead and federal officials recently identified the creek as essential for the recovery of threatened steelhead. Several significant prehistoric sites are located near the stream.
These proposed Wild and Scenic Rivers flow from the King Range National Conservation Area and Wilderness, providing important habitat for endangered salmon and steelhead, as well as rare plants. These streams also provide nationally significant outdoor recreation opportunities.
Big Flat Creek is recommended for protection by the BLM and 7.5 miles are being proposed for Wild & Scenic designation.
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management ~ King Range National Conservation Area
BLM Arcata Field Office
Location: Humboldt County, CA 2nd Congressional District
Watershed: Mattole River
Proposed Wild & Scenic River Miles: 7.5 miles
Outstanding Values: Anadromous fisheries, wildlife, botanical, scenery, recreation