Del Norte Community Guide

Del Norte County is located at the far northwest corner of California bounded on two sides by the state of Oregon and on the west by the 37 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline. It is 1,230 square miles of pristine wilderness, towering mountains, magnificent forests, prime agricultural land, and the wild and scenic Smith River and Klamath River. Climate varies from the temperate coastal areas to warm summers and cold winters in the mountains and abundant rainfall to maintain the varied flora and fauna surrounding the Redwoods. In addition to the areas featured below, Del Norte County offers thousands of acres of rural living and opportunities for exploring its outdoor activities abound. This is the real Northern California.

Crescent City, CA

Crescent City is the only incorporated city in Del Norte County and is home of the Redwood National Park Headquarters. It is approximately 2.4 square miles in size and is situated along US Hwy 101 and the Pacific Ocean. Crescent City has two historic lighthouses, Battery Point and Point St. George, an active working harbor with the best Dungeness crab anywhere, and one of the biggest July 4 celebrations on the Pacific Coast. This is the economic center of county and homes are usually older, on smaller “city” lots and are walking distance to shops, restaurants, and amenities.

Klamath, CA

Klamath is located 20 miles south of Crescent City, located at the mouth of the Klamath River. The Klamath River is the home of the Yurok tribe and the heart of the Redwood National Forest. This area features excellent fishing, camping and RV sites, the historic Requa Inn Bed and Breakfast, Trees of Mystery, and the new Redwood Hotel and Casino. This area offers a rural and slightly more remote lifestyle and home sites vary from smaller lots to acreage.

Lake Earl and Ft. Dick, CA

The Lake Earl/Ft. Dick area is a small unincorporated rural area just north of Crescent City. The Lake Earl Wildlife Area, the dunes at Kellogg Beach, and horseback riding trails offer lots of outdoor activity. This community features ranching, farming, Redwood trees while close to town, offers the rural lifestyle. Home sites hear are usually larger and offer a very rural, but close to town, feeling.

Smith River, CA

Smith River is located about 15 miles north of Crescent City and is the agricultural heart of Del Norte County, referred to “The Easter Lily Capital of the World.” This is the location of the mouth of the Wild and Scenic Smith River, prime Salmon and Steelhead fishing, and crystal clear water. Smith River is also the home of the Smith River Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe of the Tolowa people. Lucky 7 Casino and Hotel are located here. There are several very nice mobile home and RV parks located in Smith River. Along Oceanview Drive and above, home sites frequently boast magnificent ocean views and feature large luxury homes. Also, off Rowdy Creek Rd. you will find miles of wilderness and “off grid” living.

Hiouchi, CA

Hiouchi is an Indian word meaning “blue waters.” The Wild and Scenic Smith River runs through this unincorporated “hamlet” about 10 miles southeast of Crescent City on Hwy. 199. Hiouchi is located inland from the coast, the summers are warm and it is home to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park and Stout Grove, one of the most beautiful stands of old growth Redwood trees in the world, miles of hiking and biking trails and Del Norte Golf Course. This rural area features larger lots, some acreage, and lots of riverfront. Farther inland, on South Fork Rd., within the National Recreation Area you can find “off grid” living at its best.

Gasquet, CA

Gasquet is home to the North and Middle Forks of the Wild and Scenic Smith River. This small community is located approximately 14 miles south and east of Crescent City on Hwy. 199 and has warm sunny summer weather and all four seasons. The mountains and forest offer hiking, biking, kayaking and lots of outdoor recreation. This lovely rural area features larger lots, some acreage, riverfront homes and cabins, and a wonderful small community feeling.