Bluff Creek is a tributary of the Klamath River in Northern California, and is the site of the famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film of 1967.
It is only 27.9 miles from Willow Creek, California.
The road from Willow Creek to Happy Camp, Highway 96, is also called the Bigfoot Scenic Byway.
The Bigfoot Scenic Byway goes through the territory of three tribes of Native Americans. Close to Willow Creek is the Hoopa Reservation, with amenities including a supermarket, motel, casino, and gasoline.
Next is a very small town, Weitchpec, which is populated in part by Yuroks. The Yuroks are “the downriver people” and their territory extends to the coast.
Further upriver, around the town of Orleans you’ll enter the Karuk ancestral territory. Their territory extends to Happy Camp. The Karuks are “the upriver people”.
Between Orleans and Happy Camp you’ll pass through another very small town, Somes Bar, site of the Salmon River Outpost, a store I like to stop at for a good coffee bar, books, local crafts, and snacks.
Here’s a map of the Bigfoot Scenic Byway:
On the map above, point A is Happy Camp, California, population about 1200.
Happy Camp is in the center of the Klamath National Forest.
Bluff Creek is point B on the map, 58.8 miles south of Happy Camp, in the Six Rivers National Forest.
Near Bluff Creek you’ll find the Bluff Creek Company Store which was the last stop for Patterson and Gimlin before they headed north into the wilderness to find a Bigfoot, and film it.Point C on the map is Willow Creek, home of the Willow Creek Bigfoot Museum. While in Willow Creek you might also want to stop in at Bigfoot Books, three miles east of town. (No relation to Bluff Creek Press!) Bigfoot Books is a comprehensive used book business that carries new and used Bigfoot books from many different publishers.
At both ends of the Bigfoot Scenic Byway, Willow Creek and Happy Camp tend to play up their connection to Bigfoot. There are multiple Bigfoot statues in both towns and Willow Creek has some outstanding Bigfoot themed murals.
Every year on Labor Day Weekend each town hosts a three-day celebratory event. Willow Creek’s celebration is “Bigfoot Days”. Happy Camp’s celebration is the Bigfoot Jamboree.
For a Bigfoot vacation, the Klamath River Valley and the towns along Highway 96, the Bigfoot Scenic Byway, are well-worth visiting. There are many opportunities for camping and lodging from Willow Creek to Happy Camp in the Northern California forests.
There are also plenty of restaurants – in Willow Creek, Orleans, and Happy Camp.Happy Camp, California is the ultimate get-away. It is 65 miles west of Highway 5 and 81 miles from Willow Creek. During the summer months Happy Camp can also be reached from Highway 199 in Oregon. That route is only 40 miles but is snowed under during the winter months.
Because Happy Camp is so isolated in the middle of the Klamath National Forest, it is often said that going there is like going thirty years into the past. It is a great place to get away from civilization while still being near all the necessities: a cardlock gas station, clinic, dentist, stores, restaurants, and plenty of Bigfoot statues!
To access the wilderness area of Bluff Creek where the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot was filmed, take the GO Road toward Fish Lake. (The name, Go Road, stands for Gasquet-Orleans Road.)
By the way, the Bigfoot filmed by Patterson and Gimlin in October 1967 was a real Bigfoot. Quit thinking it could have been a hoax, because close examination of the film by experts shows it wasn’t a hoax. This is the real thing… and she is known as “Patty”.
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About MeHi! I'm Linda Jo Martin of Bluff Creek Press. This publishing imprint is owned by LJ Martin Web which is my licensed solopreneur web-based business in Siskiyou County, California.
I'm a resident of the Klamath River Valley where there have been many Bigfoot sighting reports. I have been researching the Bigfoot sighting phenomena since 2005.
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