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South Fork Eel River Wilderness

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Area Management

The South Fork Eel River Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the South Fork Eel River Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Signs indicating the wilderness boundary have not been posted.

Mechanized or motorized vehicles are not allowed in the wilderness, except for private landowner’s access to his property. When driving on non-wilderness public lands, all desert recreationists and travelers are encouraged to use propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their vehicles. Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur.

Hunting is allowed under state laws.

Fishing is not allowed.

Pets are allowed, and must be under the owner’s control at all times.

Camping is allowed but limited to 14 days.

Campfires are allowed unless prohibited during seasonal fire restrictions. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials. Do not cut live vegetation.

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