Clear Creek - Swim near Happy Camp, California
Clear Creek, Happy Camp, CA 96039, USA,Happy Camp,California
41.7097442, -123.4515482
6.9 miles SW of Happy Camp, California
Address: Clear Creek, Happy Camp, CA 96039, USA
GPS: 41°42'35.1"N 123°27'5.6"W
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State: California


Clear creek, as the name suggests, has some of the best swimming holes in the area. The water remains crystal clear and isn't too crowded in the summer months. There are two areas to go swimming, the second one having a littel easier access than the first. Overall the area is very beautiful and secluded, making it a good choice for a nice summer time swim. 

2.7K Written by cteicheira
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Happy Camp, California

  1. Head east on 2nd Ave toward Washington St (0.1 mi)
  2. Turn right onto CA-96 W (8.4 mi)
  3. Turn right onto Clear Creek (0.1 mi)

Spot 1:

To get here from Happy Camp, go southwest on RT 96 (Klamath River Hwy) about 5 miles to the Wingate Bar Access to the Klamath River. Turn north (right) on FR 16N10 (dirt road) and follow it about 1.5 miles as it winds around then continue straight onto FR 15N32 and go about 6 miles more then continue straight onto FR 15N27 for a short way until the road ends. Here there is a small campground and a trailhead. Park and walk this trail, continuing upstream on Clear Creek, for about 1 mile to where the trail crosses a bridge over Clear Creek.

Spot 2: 

Easier access to a nice swimming place in Lear Creek a bit further south along the Klamath River. No hike. To get here, continue southwest on RT 96 from Wingate (above) about 1 mile to the village of Clear Creek where there is an old store (now a home). Park across the road from this house and walk down to the creek where the swimming place is.

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