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Happy Camp
athithúf-vuunupma
census-designated place
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Flag of Siskiyou County, California.png Siskiyou
Area
 • Total 12.346 sq mi (31.976 km2)
 • Land 12.107 sq mi (31.357 km2)
 • Water 0.239 sq mi (0.619 km2)  1.94%
Elevation 1,660 ft (505 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,190
 • Density 96.4/sq mi (37.22/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 96039
Area code(s) 530

Happy Camp (Karuk: athithúf-vuunupma) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Siskiyou County, California in the United States. The population was 1,190 at the 2010 census.

The town of Happy Camp "The Heart of the Klamath" is located on State Route 96, about 70 miles (110 km) west of Interstate 5 and 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Willow Creek. The town of O'Brien, Oregon is accessible from Happy Camp (which is nearly 40 miles (64 km) away). The shortest route to Oregon, over the Grey Back pass, is a seasonal summer road and is not cleared or maintained in snowy conditions. The Forest Service, located in Happy Camp on SR 96, provides road closure information.

Name

Happy Camp was so named by miners in early days of prosperity. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. H. C. Chester, who interviewed Jack Titus in 1882 or 83, states that Titus named the camp because his partner James Camp, upon arriving there, exclaimed "This is the happiest day in my life." Redick McKee mentions the camp on Nov 8, 1851, as 'Mr Roache's Happy Camp' at the place known as Murderer's Bar (Indian Report 1853:178)

Geography

Happy Camp sits on the Klamath River and a nexus of creeks including: Elk Creek; Little Grider Creek; Indian Creek; Doolittle Creek; Ikes Creek; Deer Lick Creek and Cade Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 12.3 square miles (32 km2), 12.1 square miles (31 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.94%) is water.

The town of Happy Camp is also known as the "Gateway to the Marbles." There are many trail heads for this Wilderness Area within 10 miles (16 km) of the town for which the U.S. Forest Service provides trail information. The Marble Mountains cover thousands of acres, and contain almost a hundred lakes. Among the most interesting lakes are Spirit Lake, which contains a luminescent chemical and has been seen to "glow" in the dark; Ukonom Lake, which is very large and beautiful even though the area is recovering from fire damage; and the Green and Blue Granite Lakes, where trout swim in the cold and clear waters. Deer, bear, elk, and mountain lion are common in the Wilderness Area.

Demographics

The 2010 United States Census reported that Happy Camp had a population of 1,190. The population density was 96.4 people per square mile (37.2/km²). The racial makeup of Happy Camp was 814 (68.4%) White, 2 (0.2%) African American, 277 (23.3%) Native American, 7 (0.6%) Asian, 1 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 18 (1.5%) from other races, and 71 (6.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 95 persons (8.0%).

The Census reported that 1,190 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 525 households, out of which 129 (24.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 208 (39.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 63 (12.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 26 (5.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 63 (12.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 5 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 175 households (33.3%) were made up of individuals and 67 (12.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27. There were 297 families (56.6% of all households); the average family size was 2.84.

The population was spread out with 238 people (20.0%) under the age of 18, 98 people (8.2%) aged 18 to 24, 232 people (19.5%) aged 25 to 44, 428 people (36.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 194 people (16.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.3 years. For every 100 females there were 107.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.2 males.

There were 646 housing units at an average density of 52.3 per square mile (20.2/km²), of which 299 (57.0%) were owner-occupied, and 226 (43.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.0%. 677 people (56.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 513 people (43.1%) lived in rental housing units.

Climate

As typical of California, Happy Camp has a mediterranean climate. It is marked by very hot summer days, being shielded in the valley behind the mountains from the cooling Pacific influence affecting nearby coastal locations. The winters are much cooler than in inland locations further south, albeit still very mild compared to areas to the east of the continent. The dry and hot summers make the surrounding forest prone to wildfires, seen in a 2014 disaster, when it took months to extinguish an extensive fire that almost went up to the Oregon border. The high winter rainfall however, keeps the area greener than its summer climate would suggest. Average lows remain cool year-round, relieving the intense daytime heat and keeping the average July temperature at around 73 °F (23 °C) in sharp contrast to the 95 °F (35 °C) average highs.

Climate data for Happy Camp
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64.9
(18.3)
80.1
(26.7)
91.9
(33.3)
95
(35)
108
(42.2)
111.9
(44.4)
115
(46.1)
115
(46.1)
109.9
(43.3)
100
(37.8)
82
(27.8)
69.1
(20.6)
115
(46.1)
Average high °F (°C) 46.2
(7.9)
53.8
(12.1)
61
(16.1)
70
(21.1)
77.7
(25.4)
85.6
(29.8)
95
(35)
94.1
(34.5)
86.9
(30.5)
72.1
(22.3)
56.1
(13.4)
46.9
(8.3)
70.46
(21.37)
Daily mean °F (°C) 38.7
(3.7)
43.3
(6.3)
47.7
(8.7)
53.8
(12.1)
59.7
(15.4)
66.4
(19.1)
73
(22.8)
72
(22.2)
66
(18.9)
56.1
(13.4)
45.7
(7.6)
39.9
(4.4)
55.19
(12.88)
Average low °F (°C) 30.7
(-0.7)
33.1
(0.6)
34.3
(1.3)
37.6
(3.1)
42.1
(5.6)
46.9
(8.3)
51.3
(10.7)
49.8
(9.9)
45.1
(7.3)
39.9
(4.4)
35.8
(2.1)
33.1
(0.6)
39.98
(4.43)
Record low °F (°C) 6.1
(-14.4)
6.1
(-14.4)
19
(-7.2)
21.9
(-5.6)
21.9
(-5.6)
27
(-2.8)
28
(-2.2)
30
(-1.1)
24.1
(-4.4)
18
(-7.8)
10
(-12.2)
-2
(-18.9)
-2
(-18.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 9.49
(241)
7.13
(181)
5.87
(149)
2.83
(72)
1.69
(43)
0.83
(21)
0.35
(9)
0.35
(9)
0.91
(23)
3.35
(85)
7.32
(186)
9.37
(238)
49.49
(1,257)
Avg. precipitation days 14 12 12 9 7 4 1 2 3 7 11 13 95

Karuk Tribe

The Karuk Tribe is headquartered in Happy Camp.

United States Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service maintains an office in town. Happy Camp is the administration site for the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger Districts of the Klamath National Forest.


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