Rock Creek Ranch Campout

Description—Join us for our second forest immersion campout for our scouts and families! Scouts will explore and learn about redwood watershed ecology and the salmonid species that depend on the Smith River watershed. This campout will take place at the beautiful Rock Creek Ranch, a 115-acre property on the Smith River that is owned and managed by the Smith River Alliance. This section of the river includes both rapids and deep pools and easy river access. For more info about Rock Creek Ranch please visit

Special Activities—Scouts will learn about the watershed through hands-on activities, games, and wading and swimming in the river. There will be an optional rafting/kayaking trip on Sunday morning through old-growth redwoods in Jedidiah Smith State Park to experience these giant trees and learn about their benefits to health of the watershed. This section of the river is rated as a Class I-II and suitable for ages 3 and up. Older scouts may be able to do the trip in a tandem kayak!

Date and Time—June 21-23, 2019.  Scouts and families can arrive as early as 4pm Friday. Check-out by 11am Sunday.  The optional Smith River rafting trip will be 9am-noon on Sunday.

Location and Directions—Rock Creek Ranch; drive time = approx. 2 hours from Arcata.  Head north on Hwy 101 to Crescent City (~80 miles). Take exit 794 for US-199 toward I-5/Grants Pass.  About 1.5 miles past Hiouchi, turn right onto South Fork Rd. Go about 8 miles to your destination at 2475 South Fork Rd (left side of road, just past Fir Street).  

Costs/Fees—Campout is $10 per individual or $25 per family; this includes lodging and food.  Rafting is $20 per youth scout and $30 per adult. Need-based scholarships are available, please inquire.  We received a grant for this campout from the Save the Redwoods League, so these fees will go towards future campouts and activities.

Accommodations—Tent camping.  Families/scouts will need to bring overnight camping gear; we will provide a detailed list in advance.  Reach out to us if there is something your family will need, we will always do our best to provide extra gear if needed.

Registration—Attendees must register in advance, as space may be limited, and so we can plan appropriately for food and supplies.

Questions?—Contact Rover Leaders: Kim Barrier (, 707-672-4611) or Christine Hamilton (, 707-672-6162)