Travelers come from around the world for a chance to tour the California coast and witness the magic of redwoods. In Yurok Country, you’re always within an easy driving distance of 20-miles of trails that meander along pristine beaches and through old-growth forests. The same forests where some trees grow over 350 feet in height and are 2,000 years of age.
With easy access to the scenic river banks, tranquil woods and rugged beaches, Yurok Country is the ideal base camp
for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s genuinely easy to feel off the beaten path, and you are likely to spot wildlife such as bear, elk, deer, otters, seals, whales, and much more. Adventure awaits in Yurok Country–travel up the Klamath in a redwood dugout canoe, try your hand at fishing, enjoy whitewater spins on a jet boat, or take a ride through the redwood canopy on the SkyTrail gondola ride at the Trees of Mystery.
The Yurok people bid you huem-chor (welcome)! Our adventure guides know this region better than anyone and are happy to provide “insider” insights to help you make the most of your trip. Consider experiencing these tribally owned attractions:
Redwood Yurok Canoe Tours
Tour the Klamath River by canoe with expert guides that provide information and storytelling about the wildlife, geography, and history of Klamath. Experience the ancient traditions of the Yurok people and feel at one with the river, ocean, and forest with Redwood Yurok Canoe Tours.
Visiting Yurok Country in August?
Join the Yurok Tribe during the Klamath Salmon Festival, featuring live music, handmade gifts from more than 100 vendors, and of course, fresh salmon! From August through October, cast a line for Chinook (king) salmon in the renowned Klamath River.
Klamath River Jet-Boat Tours
Take the most exciting tour up the famous Klamath River! This 50-mile scenic adventure will teach you all about the Klamath River’s history and the Yurok Tribe’s culture. Packed with thrills, white water, spins, wildlife sightings, and amazing scenery. (Open May through October)
About the Yurok Tribe
A Proud Past, A Bright Future.
The Yurok (Oohl) Tribe is California’s largest Native American Tribe, with nearly 5,000 enrolled members. Our ancestral lands include much of the coastline near present-day Klamath and extend up the Klamath River for over 40 miles. We have long been celebrated as great fishermen, eelers, basket weavers, canoe makers, storytellers, singers, dancers, healers, and strong medicine people. The Klamath-Trinity River has historically provided much of our food, including ney-puy (salmon), Kaa-ka (sturgeon), and kwor-ror (candlefish). Offerings from the ocean and land – pee-ee (mussels), woo-mehl (acorns), puuek (deer), mey-weehl (elk) and ley-chehl (berries) – have also been essential to our people’s health, wellness and religious ceremonies. Our way was to never over harvest and always to ensure the sustainability of our food supply for future generations. The Yurok social and ecological balance, thousands of years old, was shattered by the invasion of the non-Indians beginning in the 17th century. Yet we’ve endured.
Today, the mission of the Yurok Tribe is to exercise the aboriginal and sovereign rights to our people to continue forever our Tribal traditions of self-governance, cultural and spiritual preservation, stewardship of Yurok lands, waters, and other natural endowments, balanced social and economic development, peace and reciprocity, and respect for the dignity and individual rights of all persons living within the jurisdiction of the Yurok Tribe while honoring our Creator, our ancestors, and our descendants.