Willows, CA 95988
The headwaters of this stream cover most of the Snow Mountain Wilderness and lands north and south of the wilderness. The North Fork, Middle Fork, and South Fork come together just north of Fouts Springs. The upper portion of each stream provides opportunities to fish for trout in a rugged, and relatively isolated environment. Downstream near Red Bridge, road access is more common and lower elevations and hot summers combine to create warm summer temperatures that favor non-game fish. Pikeminnow and suckers are relatively large and can be easily viewed in the large pools. Some recreationists enjoy observing them via mask and snorkel on warm days.
This stream is almost entirely in the Snow Mountain Wilderness and boasts the coldest water of the three forks of Stony Creek. The stream is designated as a Wild Trout stream by the California department of Fish and Game and special regulations apply. Fishing access is for the dedicated angler: A nonsystem trail near Red Bridge, just downstream of the wilderness, works upstream through lots of rocks and poison oak. The headwaters can best be reached by a wilderness system trail near the West Crockett Campground, but the upper portion of the watershed is snowbound and inaccessible for about half the year. Many miles of stream within the upper wilderness can be reached by those who like to hike. The native surface road to Red Bridge is closed during the rainy months to prevent resource damage, so early spring anglers need to hike about 1 mile from the east side of Fouts Springs.
Many opportunities exist near Fouts Springs, and beyond. The developed sites are open year round. All of these camp sites are very popular with Off-Highway motorcycle enthusiasts during the spring. Lower Stony Creek is especially attractive in the late spring and early fall.
The lower reach of stream dries up in the summer. The headwaters can be accessed from a number of locations from Road 18N02.
This stream lies at the south end of the Snow Mountain Wilderness and can be accessed from trails or by orienteering off of the M-10 road.