Benbow State Recreation Area
South Fork Eel River at Benbow Lake.jpg
Map showing the location of Benbow State Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Benbow State Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Benbow State Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Benbow State Recreation Area
LocationHumboldt County, California, United States
Nearest cityGarberville, California
Coordinates40°3′43″N 123°47′36″W / 40.06194°N 123.79333°W / 40.06194; -123.79333Coordinates: 40°3′43″N 123°47′36″W / 40.06194°N 123.79333°W / 40.06194; -123.79333
Area1,142 acres (4.62 km2)
Established1958
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation
WebsiteOfficial website

Benbow State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California in the United States. It is located in Humboldt County 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Garberville on U.S. Route 101 on the South Fork Eel River.

Benbow dam was constructed across the South Fork Eel River in 1931 to provide hydroelectric power for development in Garberville, impounding a reservoir.[1] The Benbow family, interested in preserving the natural scene along the river, made efforts to place the land under state protection. In 1956 funds were approved for the Benbow Project and the first 207 acres (84 ha) were purchased in 1958.[2] Due to the negative impact on the migrating salmon and damage to the river banks, work began to remove the dam in August 2016.[3] In the winter of 2017, removal of the dam was completed.

The park has grown to 1,142 acres (462 ha).[4] There are campsites and a large day-use picnic area. Hiking, picnicking and camping are popular summer time activities, while salmon and steelhead fishing are popular in the winter.[2]

Foliage at Benbow State Recreation Area
Foliage at Benbow State Recreation Area

See also

References

  1. ^ Estrada, Natalya; Benz, Kellie Ann (September 5, 2016). "Benbow Dam demolition on schedule". Eureka Times-Standard. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Benbow Lake State Recreation Area.
  3. ^ Fisheries, NOAA (2021-01-27). "Kicking off the Second Largest Dam Removal in California | NOAA Fisheries". NOAA. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  4. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 26. Retrieved 2011-09-24. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)