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7 Unique Outdoor Activities You Can Only Do in Yurok Country

Exploring Yurok Country offers a blend of adventure and culture unlike anywhere else. In just one trip, you can paddle down the Klamath in a traditional Yurok canoe, hike through Fern Canyon (as seen in Jurassic Park!), or cycle through the redwoods. Each activity offers a unique window into the natural beauty and indigenous heritage of Northern California.

Ready to dive into these seven outdoor activities that you can only do in Yurok Country?

Redwood Yurok Canoe Tours: Experience the Klamath River in Traditional dugout canoes. Crafted from redwoods that fall naturally in the forest - these canoes are especially rare. Canoe tours offer both the beauty of the river and the knowledge of Yurok culture and history. A win-win!

"Four friends enjoying a serene canoe trip on the Klamath River, with lush greenery in the background during golden hour.
Photo by Laney Mayo Photography

Jet Boat Tours on the Klamath River: Thrill-seekers will enjoy the adrenaline-pumping jet boat tours. Navigate 45 miles of the river, with chances to spot local wildlife and learn about the Klamath’s rich ecosystem. 

Passengers on a Yurok Jet Boat tour raising their hands in excitement as they speed through water, creating a large splash.

Hiking in Fern Canyon: Wander through a lush, prehistoric-feeling canyon filled with giant ferns that cling to steep walls. The canyon’s unique beauty was even recognized by Hollywood and featured in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. 

Lush Fern Canyon with verdant fern-covered walls flanking a small stream, with a wooden plank across it, in a tranquil forest setting.

Biking in Prairie Creek State Park: With trails that cater to various skill levels, biking in this state park offers a scenic ride through diverse landscapes including woodlands, prairies, and rugged coastlines. 

Informational signboard for Prairie Creek South in a lush forest setting with accessibility symbols and a no dogs or bikes sign.

Fishing on the Klamath River: The river’s rich waters are home to various fish species, making it a prime spot for angling. Experienced guide services can enhance your fishing adventure, whether you’re a novice or an experienced angler. 

A serene view of the Klamath River with a heron perched on a rock amidst calm waters, bordered by dense forest.
Photo by Laney Mayo Photography

Exploring the Beaches and Hiking Trails: Take the Yurok Loop Trail for breathtaking ocean views, or embark on seaside trails that lead to hidden coves and majestic tide pools. 

Rocky shoreline at low tide with calm sea waters under a soft cloudy sky.
Photo by Laney Mayo Photography

Cultural Experience at the Yurok Country Visitor Center: We might be a little biased, but we couldn’t resist including our Yurok Country Visitor Center on the list. Here, you’ll find a treasure trove of exhibits that showcase our traditions, art, and the vibrant story of our people, offering insights and connections that truly can’t be found anywhere else. 

An otter statue adorned with Yurok tribal artwork, standing prominently in the Yurok Visitor Center.
Photo by Laney Mayo Photography

For more details on these unique activities and to plan your visit, head over to the ‘Getting Here’ page and consider making the visitor center in Klamath your first stop.

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