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Mad River Campground is located on banks of its namesake river in the Six Rivers National Forest of northern California. It offers tent and RV camping with multiple single-family campsites and amenities such as tables, campfire rings and accessible vault toilets. Fishing and boating in nearby Ruth Lake are popular activities, as well as exploring the nearby Redwood National Park.


Mad River Campground is located on banks of its namesake river, about two miles south of Ruth Lake in the thickly forested mountains of northern California.


Fishing is a popular activity and anglers can expect to catch a variety of trout in the Mad River. Nearby Ruth Lake is open for boating, swimming and other water-related activities. A marina and boat ramp are available for easy lake access, and maps and directions to the marina are located on the information boards in the campground.


The campground offers multiple single-family campsites, available for tent and RV camping. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A majority of the sites are adjacent to the Mad River.

Tables and campfire rings are available at each site. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are also provided.

Natural Features

The campground is situated on a bluff overlooking the river among a forested area of oak trees and evergreen shrubs. Portions of the campground are capped with tall Douglas fir trees, providing ample shade.

The Six Rivers National Forest lies east of Eureka in northwestern California, stretching southward from the Oregon border for about 140 miles. U.S. 101, the famed "Redwood Highway," parallels the inland Forest along the coastline. The Forest is just east of the Redwood National Park.

Nearby Attractions

The 13,800-acre Ruth Lake is about three miles south of the campground.
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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Fir Cove
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8.3mi 70%
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Humboldt Redwoods State Park
22.5mi 69%
Hidden Springs Camp (Sites 39-50,79-86,142-155)
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
22.7mi 73%
Hidden Springs Camp (Sites 87-141)
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
22.9mi 74%
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Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
23.6mi 55%
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