The 5,832-acre Spyrock Reserve has five miles of frontage on the National Wild and Scenic Eel River and draws its name from the 540-foot conical rock on the river's eastern shore. The habitat is a mosaic of white oak, live oak, maple and bay laurel woodlands, grasslands, and clustered stands of fir. From dramatic rock outcroppings to year-round creek bottoms roam abundant wildlife including deer, bears, mountain lions and bobcats. Bald eagles, osprey, and Pacific pond turtles can be seen along the river front. Anadromous fish species include Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead trout.

Spyrock is in reserve status, unlike The Wildlands Conservancy's (TWC's) preserves, it has limited public improvements and access is limited to kayak camping on gravel bars along the river. TWC purchased this property to preempt the ever-increasing residential conversion of wild lands and to help protect the 75 mammal species and over 400 bird species found in the watershed. Over 90 percent of the Eel River's main stem is unprotected private property. TWC's land-based conservation will bring a strong voice for protecting this National Wild and Scenic treasure.


Access is limited to rafting and kayaking from upstream put ins. For additional information contact TWC's headquarters at (909) 797-8507.