Klamath River is an unincorporated community in Siskiyou County, California, United States, situated on the Klamath River. It is located on State Route 96, near the Oregon border. Its ZIP Code is 96050.
Klamath River's wildlife has the largest deer herd in California, and the largest concentrations of ducks & geese on the North American continent. There are also many black bear, elk, bobcat, mountain lion, raccoon, quail, grouse, pheasant, squirrel, kit fox, river otter, beaver, badger, porcupine, weasel, skunks, coyotes, a variety of toads and frogs, blue herons, bald & American eagles, along with over 200 species of birds and other animals. The weather in Siskiyou County varies with the seasons: with summer temperatures of 75 to 105 degrees (F), while in the winter, it can drop as low as 15 with a high of 65 degrees. Historically, the Klamath River was the 3rd largest salmon water-shed on the west coast.
For many years before the first settlers the Klamath River was home to the Karok, Modoc, and Yurok Indian tribes. The Klamath was the life blood of the Native Americans who relied on it for its abundance of salmon and trout. The name "Klamath" was derived from an Indian word "Tlamatl" which means "swiftness" in Chinook. The Gold Rush of 1850-1851 brought many miners and left a rich history. The miners caused a terrible disruption in the lives of the Native Americans of the area by damming and diverting water for mining purposes, which made it difficult for spawning salmon and other fish populations. There are remnants of old mining sites along the river. The town of Happy Camp was settled and named for its fruitful yields of gold. The Klamath River was also used by the Quicksilver Mining Co. in the late 1800s where they extracted mercury and cinnabar located up beaver creek. Tunnels were dug leading to gold veins and were later used for bootleging whiskey.