Eel River Watershed Management Area

Hydrologic Units: Eel River

Description:The Eel River comprises about 3,684 square miles; the river and its tributaries comprise the third largest river system in California and the largest river system on Humboldt County’s coast.The main tributaries are the Van Duzen and Bear Rivers, and Yager, Larabee, Bull and Salmon Creeks.The Van Duzen River is one of only a few un-dammed rivers in California.The Eel River is listed by the State of California as a Critical Coastal Area.

Land uses in the WMA include dairies, recreational activities, timber harvest, and recreational fishing.The Eel River is the third largest producer of salmon and steelhead in the state.The communities within the WMA include Scotia, Ferndale, Fortuna, Loleta, Garberville, Laytonville, and Willits.Surface water and ground water are closely connected in the alluvial valleys of the WMA, thus surface water withdrawals significantly affect groundwater supplies.

Salmonids: Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss