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Salmon National Wild & Scenic River

The Salmon River was designated a Scenic River  and Recreational River within the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System in 1981. The South Fork Salmon was also designated a Scenic and Recreational River in 1981. The North Fork Salmon was designated a Wild and Recreational River within the national system in 1981. The watersheds of two great wilderness areas combine to form the Salmon River. The North Fork of the Salmon River begins high up in the Marble Mountains Wilderness while the South Fork of the Salmon finds its origins in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The two forks join forces at a place aptly called Forks of Salmon. Twenty miles further west and the Salmon River empties into the Klamath and continues on to the Pacific Ocean. This area is rich with history and culture of native people and of gold seekers and pioneers.