Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Black Butte River, California

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Mendocino National Forest


Designated Reach:

October 17, 2006. The segment from the Mendocino County line to its confluence with the Middle Eel River and Cold Creek from the Mendocino County line to its confluence with the Black Butte River.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 17.5 miles; Scenic — 3.5 miles; Total — 21.0 miles.

Black Butte River

Photo Credit: Greg Hodson, Mendocino National Forest

Black Butte River

The rugged Black Butte River flows through the Grindstone and Covelo Ranger Districts of the Mendocino National Forest. An additional wild river segment is included in the designation, and encompasses 1.5 miles of Cold Creek from the Mendocino County line on the east to its confluence with the Black Butte River to the west. The Black Butte river terminates at its confluence with the Eel River, also a National Wild and Scenic River, in the vicinity of the Eel River Work Center and the Eel River Campground.

Steelhead are fairly numerous in addition to a limited number of Chinook salmon. However, the entire designated river corridor is closed to fishing in order to protect the juvenile steelhead trout. Terrain within the river corridor is rugged, with limited access. Cultural resources are an important component of this wild and scenic river, and numerous cultural resource values associated with the Yuki Indians have been identified within the area.