Smith River (formerly, Del Norte, Smith River Corners, Smith's River Valley, Smiths River, and Smith's River) is an unincorporated community in Del Norte County, California, United States. It is located 12 miles (19 km) north-northeast of Crescent City, 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the mouth of the Smith River, at an elevation of 52 feet (16 m). As of 2000, the population was 2,003. The ZIP Code is 95567. Its area code is 707. It is bordered by the Smith River National Recreation Area.
In the state legislature Smith River is located in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Sam Aanestad, and in the 1st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Patty Berg. Federally, Smith River is located in California's 1st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +10 and is represented by Democrat Mike Thompson.