Elder Creek

The proposed Wild and Scenic River segments of the South Fork Eel and its tributaries support threatened and endangered populations of salmon and steelhead and rare plants. They also provide outstanding research opportunities of nearly pristine undeveloped watersheds.

This nearly pristine stream is a National Natural Landmark, Hydrologic Benchmark, and a UN-recognized Biosphere Reserve. A tributary of the South Fork Eel River, the creek is an important contributor to the South Fork’s anadromous fishery. Federal officials recently identified the creek as essential for the recovery of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. The upper creek segment is in the South Fork Wilderness managed by the BLM. The lower segment flows through UC Berkeley’s Angelo Preserve. The creek would be administered through a cooperative management agreement between the BLM and the State of California.

Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management ~ BLM Arcata Field Office
University of California ~ Angelo Coast Range Reserve

Location:  Mendocino County, CA 2nd Congressional District

Watershed: South Fork Eel River

Wild & Scenic River Miles: 7

Outstanding Values: Anadromous fisheries, ecological, Biosphere Reserve, hydrological, wildlife, recreation