Don't worry, we get this question all the time. Gasquet was originally founded back in 1853 when an enterprising young Frenchman named Horace Gasquet arrived in Crescent City, California seeking his fortune during the gold rush. Horace quickly realized that his gold is not in the mine; but in the miners and established the town of Gasquet 18 miles to the Northeast of Crescent City.
The village of Gasquet has grown a great deal since Horace erected the first building back in 1857. Gasquet now boasts a church, an elementary school (K-5), a craft shop, Gasquet Mobile Home Park, volunteer fire department, a U.S. Post Office, an American Legion Hall, a U.S. Forest Ranger Station, a Community Council, a cafe, a motel, a village store, and even a small airstrip for private aircraft.
Steelhead, salmon, and cutthroat fishing is popular in the Middle and North Forks of the "mighty" Smith River. Whitewater kayaking trips are offered by the Redwood National Park and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. The community also offers annual raft races, BBQ's, flea markets, dances, and a wide variety of family activities.
From the Northern California and Southern Oregon Coasts (which are together known locally as "America's Wild Rivers Coast"), the village of Gasquet can be easily reached by taking Highway 199 East from Crescent City and Highway 101. We promise you'll enjoy the gorgeous 18 mile drive through the Redwoods along the Wild and Scenic Smith River! Highway 199 also winds to Gasquet from Interstate 5 in Grants Pass, Oregon. Just head West and find us 8 miles past Patrick Creek, CA.