Crescent City / Hiouchi – Slant Bridge, Smith River

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Directions: From US 199, turn south on South Fork Rd. (CR427). Go over one bridge, then look for signs for a right turn to Forks River Access and Boat Ramp. Park in the parking area. Then walk down the ramp to the no parking sign before the ramp turns to the left. Follow the foot path down to the river. Dive from beach.

Dive site info: There may be a slight current down stream. Dive this site when flow is less than 2000 cfs. Check for river flow rater. Water temp in April was 49F. Visibility was 30-40’. Excellent dive with easy entry/exit into water although the short trail between the paved road and water is a little tricky but easily doable as well. There was something super cool about seeing a bridge above the water while diving in the cool, clear fresh water.

Ashley Arnold enjoying the rock formations. Photo by Jake Fitzgerald.

What you will see: Underwater views of rocks, boulders, small algae, small fish, crayfish, and other small invertebrates.

Restrooms: Public restrooms are available at the beginning of the parking area.

Air fills/rentals: Pacific Quest Dive Center in Crescent City at least 30 minutes away- recommended to bring all your gear or pre-arrange rental gear/fills.