Things To Do
Choose from any of our three convenient times for our daily 45 Mile Round Trip Tour. We also offer Shuttles up river to the Rivers West Lodge. We begin our journey at the Klamath estuary called “Rekwoi”, the Indian name for where the fresh water meets the Pacific Ocean. As your Captain turns the boat upriver and powers up the twin jets, sit back, relax and view nature in it’s most primitive form as it unfolds before you.
Take a tour through the rain forest. Ride the Skytram, a gondola which offers a unique vantage point of ancient redwood forests. You’ll also find the End of the Trail Museum, a 3,000 square foot space filled with Native American artifacts from all over the United States, including the Yurok Tribe. The collection is expansive and admission is free. For more information about Trees of Mystery click Trees of Mystery
Beach & River Access
Take a short walk to the beautiful Klamath River or sink your feet into the sand while walking alongside the mighty Pacific Ocean.Explore Enderts Beach and Crescent Beach Overlook: Stand before outstanding Pacific Ocean views from the overlook; you may even see a gray whale! Walk 1-mile to Enderts Beach, an access route to multi-colored, myriad tidepool creatures. Be sure to check low tide times. Trailers not advised.
Drive to Klamath River Overlook, a prime spot for watching the gray whale migration. Look for other marine mammals and a host of seabirds any time of year. Hike ¼ mile down a steep trail to the lower overlook and more dramatic views.
Salmon & Steelhead Fishing
Blue Creek Guide Service –The Klamath River, Lower Trinity River, and Smith River in Northern California offer some of the finest fishing in the world. Blue Creek Guide Service is one of the very few Yurok-run guide services on these prime fishing rivers. The Carlson family has lived on the Klamath River for many generations and has a deep understanding of the rivers and the fish of this region For more information (click) Blue Creek Guide Service
Spey-Gee Point Guide Service-Spey-Gee Point Guide Service is operated by life-long Klamath River fisherman Thomas Willson. In addition to a world-class, Klamath salmon and steelhead guide service, Spey-Gee Point Guide Service also offers a stay in luxurious cabin nestled on the banks of the beautiful Klamath RIver. For more information on the fishing and lodging opportunities (click) Spey-Gee Point Guide Service
Locally Caught & Smoked Salmon
In North America, smoked salmon is often sliced very thinly and served on bread with cream cheese or with sliced red onion, lemon and capers. In British Columbia smoked salmon may also be fillets or nuggets, including hickory-smoked varieties and candied salmon (smoked and honey-glazed, also known as “Indian candy”).
In Europe, smoked salmon may be found thinly sliced or in thicker fillets (such as “tsar fillet”) or sold as chopped “scraps” for use in cooking. It is often used in pâtés, quiches and pasta sauces.Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon mixed in is another popular dish. Smoked salmon salad is a strong-flavored salad, with ingredients such as iceberg lettuce, boiled eggs, tomato, olives,capers and leeks, and with flavored yogurt as a condiment.
Slices of smoked salmon are a popular appetizer in Europe, usually served with some kind of bread. In the United Kingdom they are typically eaten with brown bread and a squeeze of lemon; in Germany they are eaten on toast or black bread.
In Jewish cuisine, smoked salmon is called lox and is usually eaten on a bagel with cream cheese.
Smoked salmon is sometimes used in sushi, though not widely in Japan; it is more likely to be encountered in North American sushi bars. The Philly Roll combines smoked salmon and cream cheese and rolls these in rice and nori.
The Yurok Tribe has the annual salmon festival each summer!
Attendees of the all-day, free event will have an opportunity to learn more about Yurok culture, dance to live music, shop for authentic handmade gifts from more than 100 vendors and enjoy a delicious, traditionally cooked salmon feast.
The ten dollar meal includes a hunk of fresh salmon, bread from Arcata’s Brio, a delicious salad from Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick and a side of fruit.
The Salmon Festival is also the venue for an annual highly competitive Stick Game Tournament played between the region’s tribes. There will be a traditional Indian Card Game Tournament and a number of cultural demonstrations.
Automobile enthusiasts from throughout the region will be showing off their vehicles at the “Classic Car Show”. Yurok tribal member and vintage vehicle owner George Smoker is organizing this event, which is sure to be a hit with car buffs.
Redwood National Parks
Su-Mey Village located at Patrick’s Point State Park- Su-Mey Village located at Patrick’s Point State Park. Visit the recreated Yurok seasonal village – “Su-Mey” – consisting of traditional style family houses, a sweathouse, changing houses, a redwood canoe, and a dance house. The re-constructed village site is used to share Yurok culture with the public. It is also used for yearly Yurok traditional ceremonies.. Modern amenities nearby include: a parking area, a covered cooking shelter, and picnic tables. The village is open every day to the public.
Hidden Beach Trail – (part of the Coastal Trail) This beautiful 4 mile hike follows coastal bluffs to Lagoon Creek. Turn West from Highway 101 onto Requa Road to get started.
Scenic Drive – Klamath Beach Drive is a dirt road and has an alternate route for trailers and RV’s at Alder Camp Road (see map). Enjoy unobstructed views of the mouth of the Klamath and the ocean below at several overlooks. At one overlook, a trail leads to a World War II-era Radar station disguised as a farmhouse and barn. Eight miles down the road you will connect with the Newton B. Drury Scenic Byway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, home to a resident herd of Roosevelt Elk.
Fern Canyon –Fern Canyon is one of the most spectacular hikes on the north coast. It is a very narrow, very steep rock canyon – draped in lush ferns- in the middle of an old-growth redwood forest. It is a one-of-a-kind geological formation that starts on an isolated, wind-swept beach. For more information and directions (click) Fern Canyon
National and State Parks-There are two State and National Parks located within Yurok ancestral territory.