Located in the King Range National Conservation Area, the Mattole Estuary provides important anadromous fish habitat for coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead. Federal officials recently identified the river as essential for the recovery of threatened salmon and steelhead. The estuary also provides habitat for several rare plants. A popular campground and recreation site near the mouth of the Mattole that attracts campers, hikers, hunters, and birders, and provides the northern access point for visitors hiking the Lost Coast Trail. The Mattole River is recommended for protection by the BLM.
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: 1.5 miles
Outstanding Values: Anadromous fisheries, wildlife, botanical, scenery, recreation