The Klamath River Area Report
Klamath River weather conditions, river levels, river water quality, and the status of public trails, roads and infrastructure all impact your visit to the Klamath River area. We hope this compilation of resources & data links helps in your planning a safe and enjoyable visit to the Klamath River corridor and to our California guest ranch in particular. Our area of focus for this report will be the middle Klamath corridor between Seiad Valley and Weitchpec with a focus on Somes Bar (our home). This is the Klamath River Section where we live, and are most capable of providing first hand information for.
Klamath River Special Alert – Winter road conditions
Rain and changing weather temperatures loosen rock formations above Hwy 96 road cuts. Please be extra cautious on your drive in and watch for rocks on the road.
Middle Klamath Weather Conditions
Salmon River Flow At Somes Bar (from USGS)
Klamath River Flow Below Seiad (from USGS)
Klamath River Flow At Klamath Glen (from USGS)
Road conditions for Northern California and the Siskiyou Mountains. Note: often there is a posted road closure but alternate routes are not listed. Locals are often able to be escorted through “closed” sections with pilot cars.
Also, there is on-going installation of fiber optic cable alongside the Hwy 96 between Happy Camp and the I-5. While this does not close the road, it can impact your travel times as you are forced to wait for brief periods for the pilot car to return and escort drivers through the construction sites.
United States Forest Service : trail conditions, lists of outfitters and general forest alerts.
Air quality forecast for Somes Bar (mostly important if there are forest fires in the North State)
Steelhead and Salmon entry – this is the spot I hold in reserve for my fantasy real-time graphs showing sonar fish counts as incoming steelhead and salmon move past the Hwy 101 bridge, as they turn up the Trinity, and as the remainder pass under the Hwy 96 bridge at Weitchepec. Hey, why not dream a little? For now, you can always get a Klamath river fishing report by calling Marble Mountain Ranch at 800-552-6284 FREE.