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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

Rec Area Description Status
Alpine County Winter Recreation Area

Hope Valley offers winter recreational activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and winter wildlife observation.

Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide

Pick one up at the Carson Ranger District Office for FREE or download it here.

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Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Map (for use with Avenza on your smartphone)

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Alpine County Winter Recreation Area

Hope Valley offers winter recreational activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and winter wildlife observation.

Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide

Pick one up at the Carson Ranger District Office for FREE or download it here.

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Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Map (for use with Avenza on your smartphone)

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Alpine. #225

The Alpine Trail #225 begins near the Alpine Guard Station on the Alpine Forest Access Road, FSR #686 and ends at Forest Service Road #858 on the Ouray Ranger District.  Originally the Alpine Trail connected the Alpine Guard Station to the Jackson Guard Station.  This trail is the main access to the High Mesa and Big Park which both have excellent elk habitat.  It travels through dense Engelmann spruce and sub alpine fir forests.

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Anna Creek Cabin

Anna Creek Cabin is located 30 miles south of the town of Hungry Horse, perched above Hungry Horse Reservoir with sweeping views of the reservoir and the Great Bear Wilderness. The cabin provides a private setting to enjoy the recreation opportunities along the west side of Hungry Horse Reservoir. Located half way down the reservoir, the cabin provides a delightful setting for viewing wildlife and enjoying the peaceful surrounding.

The cabin is set up above the West Side Hungry Horse Reservoir road providing privacy and scenic views. The west side of the cabin and large parking area backs up to the forest with Anna creek flowing through. The east side of the cabin offers open views of the Great Bear Wilderness. The site offers a nice mix of shade and sun.

The cabin location provides a base to explore the numerous recreation opportunities along the west side of Hungry Horse Reservoir. Visitors can access the water within a short drive to Graves Bay, Graves Creek or Handkerchief Lake for fishing, swimming or boating. Access to hiking trails along pioneer ridge or the east side of Jewel Basin are in close proximity to the cabin. Other popular activities such as driving for pleasure, berry picking, wildlife watching, and fishing are abundant in the area around the cabin.

This single story cabin is equipped with a propane cook stove, heater, lights and accessible vault toilet. Indoor accommodations sleep up to 12 people on one double bed, two twin beds, two double/twin bunk beds, plus two twin roll out trundle beds. Outside, enjoy the campfire pit with barbecue grate and the deck on the south side of the cabin.

No drinking water or electricity are available. Guests should bring plenty of water, bedding, food, flashlights and basic camping gear, among other necessities.

  • Grizzly bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage. Read more at our Food Storage Order and Grizzly Bear Safety page.
  • Pets are allowed at the cabin. Pet food should be kept inside at all times. Clean up after your pet.
  • Water is not available at the site. Be sure to bring all your water for your visit. Anna Creek flows for most of the season. Boil or treat any water from streams or lakes.
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" facility.
  • Conserve propane by minimizing use of lights and turning off the heaters while away from the cabin.
  • Contact the ranger district office at (406) 387-3800, during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for updates on weather and road conditions; refunds will not be given for inclement weather or road conditions.
  • The cabin remains locked; a combination lock code will be contained in the reservation confirmation letter.
  • Guests must clean cabin prior to departure; a fee will be charged if extra clean-up is needed.
  • Commercial use of cabin is prohibited.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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Applegate River

Applegate RiverThe Applegate River, a major tributary of the Rogue River, drains a large portion of the eastern Siskiyou Mountains. Its generally-northward course begins among the snowfields and springs along the summit of the Siskiyou Crest; waters on the far side of the Siskiyou Crest drain south into the Klamath River in California. The river's upper-elevation watershed lies entirely within the boundaries of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, where it is a generally steep-gradient, cold-water stream. Swollen with the waters of rapidly melted snow and heavy rains, the river flooded dramatically and destructively in the winters of 1964 and 1974.

The Middle Fork of the Applegate flows through a rugged, scenic canyon accessed by the Middle Fork Trail #978 (designated a National Recreation Trail). Fishing for trout (which requires a California fishing license) in the Middle Fork's and Butte Fork's small pools can be a challenge along the narrow, densely forested channels. Steelhead and salmon once made it this far up the river, but construction of the Applegate Dam for flood-control by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1980s ended those runs. The Applegate Lake reservoir and its shoreline provide opportunities for swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, and mountain biking. From the Dam downstream to the Forest boundary, much of the river actually passes through private land, dotted with ranches and homes. Shallow swimming holes accessible to the public are found at McKee Bridge Picnic Site, Jackson Campground, as well as at more remote (and colder) stretches upstream along the Middle Fork and Elliott Creek in California.

This river provides a substantial fishery below Applegate Dam for winter steelhead. It is stocked with thousands of hatchery smolts annually and also supports a healthy native run. Anglers catch winter steelhead on the Applegate on traditional drift fishing gear and lures. Flyfishers also stand a decent chance of hooking large, bright winter steelhead on a small, intimate river by dead-drifting nymphs or egg patterns. Public access on the Applegate is limited, but the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF administers several campgrounds and small inholdings below Applegate Dam. Above the dam is mostly public land, and the Applegate River tributaries provide quality angling opportunities for wild rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.

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Applegate River

Applegate RiverThe Applegate River, a major tributary of the Rogue River, drains a large portion of the eastern Siskiyou Mountains. Its generally-northward course begins among the snowfields and springs along the summit of the Siskiyou Crest; waters on the far side of the Siskiyou Crest drain south into the Klamath River in California. The river's upper-elevation watershed lies entirely within the boundaries of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, where it is a generally steep-gradient, cold-water stream. Swollen with the waters of rapidly melted snow and heavy rains, the river flooded dramatically and destructively in the winters of 1964 and 1974.

The Middle Fork of the Applegate flows through a rugged, scenic canyon accessed by the Middle Fork Trail #978 (designated a National Recreation Trail). Fishing for trout (which requires a California fishing license) in the Middle Fork's and Butte Fork's small pools can be a challenge along the narrow, densely forested channels. Steelhead and salmon once made it this far up the river, but construction of the Applegate Dam for flood-control by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1980s ended those runs. The Applegate Lake reservoir and its shoreline provide opportunities for swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, and mountain biking. From the Dam downstream to the Forest boundary, much of the river actually passes through private land, dotted with ranches and homes. Shallow swimming holes accessible to the public are found at McKee Bridge Picnic Site, Jackson Campground, as well as at more remote (and colder) stretches upstream along the Middle Fork and Elliott Creek in California.

This river provides a substantial fishery below Applegate Dam for winter steelhead. It is stocked with thousands of hatchery smolts annually and also supports a healthy native run. Anglers catch winter steelhead on the Applegate on traditional drift fishing gear and lures. Flyfishers also stand a decent chance of hooking large, bright winter steelhead on a small, intimate river by dead-drifting nymphs or egg patterns. Public access on the Applegate is limited, but the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF administers several campgrounds and small inholdings below Applegate Dam. Above the dam is mostly public land, and the Applegate River tributaries provide quality angling opportunities for wild rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.

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Ashland Creek

Ashland CreekThe East and West Forks of Ashland Creek enter Reeder Reservoir south of the City of Ashland, OR. The forks of Ashland Creek are fast-flowing small streams with pocket water and some small pools surrounded by old-growth timber. All fish are wild and average about 6 inches long, due to cold water temperatures and limited productivity. This is rugged cross-country hiking for the serious small stream angler. Please practice a leave-no-trace ethic in this fragile, municipal watershed!

Please respect the health of the watershed: Reeder Reservoir is the source of Ashland’s drinking water and is closed to all public access.  There is no camping available in the Ashland Municipal Watershed in an effort to protect the watershed from fire and threats to water quality. Additionally, Ashland Creek is closed to angling downstream of Reeder Reservoir, because of the presence of juvenile salmon and steelhead.

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Ashland Creek

Ashland CreekThe East and West Forks of Ashland Creek enter Reeder Reservoir south of the City of Ashland, OR. The forks of Ashland Creek are fast-flowing small streams with pocket water and some small pools surrounded by old-growth timber. All fish are wild and average about 6 inches long, due to cold water temperatures and limited productivity. This is rugged cross-country hiking for the serious small stream angler. Please practice a leave-no-trace ethic in this fragile, municipal watershed!

Please respect the health of the watershed: Reeder Reservoir is the source of Ashland’s drinking water and is closed to all public access.  There is no camping available in the Ashland Municipal Watershed in an effort to protect the watershed from fire and threats to water quality. Additionally, Ashland Creek is closed to angling downstream of Reeder Reservoir, because of the presence of juvenile salmon and steelhead.

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Aspen Group Camp

Aspen Group Campground is located alongside the scenic Jackson Meadow Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest.  The lake offers excellent opportunities for boating, canoeing, water skiing, swimming and fishing.  Anglers will find rainbow and brown trout.  A boat ramp is located at the neighboring Pass Creek Campground. A designated swim beach is nearby.

This campground offers three group sites.  The Spring unit can accommodate up to 50 people, while the Hill and Ridge units are smaller accommodating up to 25 people each.  Campsites are equipped with picnic tables, grills and campfire circles.  Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.  Amenities include food storage lockers, grills, RV parking, tables, and within 1 mile, beach and boat access and a dump station.

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Aspen Picnic Site

Aspen is a day use area only with nearby campgrounds for those guests desiring to stay longer.  Aspen is on the northeast shore of Jackson Meadow Reservoir.

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