Conservation (Fire) Camps

Parole Agents at a meeting

Facts and figures

Total Staff (CDCR) 2015: 14          
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC) 2015: 15
Total # Inmates (as of 10/3/2015): 110

Camp Products

Fire Wood (Senior Center), Carpentry Humboldt/ Del Norte Cal-Fire Unit

Community service projects

During the calendar year, Eel River Conservation Camp, through conservation and work camps, provide the local communities, stage agencies and federal agencies with tens of thousands of work hours.

1. Southern Humboldt Unified School District

2. Humboldt Redwoods State Park

3. Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District (RID)

4. Humboldt County Roads

5. Local community service district

6. EEL River Salmon Restoration Project (Leggett Creek)


Welcome to Eel River Conservation Camp #31


3850 Redwood Dr. Redway, Ca 95560
PO Box 819, Redway, Ca. 95560
PH: (707) 923-2755


CDCR Camp Staff              
Lt. F. Money, Camp Commander 

M. McKey, Division Chief


Camp History

The EEL River Conservation Camp CC #31 was activated February 2, 1967. The primary mission of the camp is to provide inmate fire crews for fire suppression. Inmate hand crews provide a work force for floods, conservation projects and community services.

It is estimated through the emergency responses to fires, floods, and project work CC #31 provided cost avoidance in excess of a million dollars per year to the taxpayers of California. Noteworthy projects include extensive work at various public schools, State Parks, State/County roadways and US land improvement to include a successful camp recycling program.

Inmate Programs

Inmates can participate in hobby-crafts programs, weight training, music appreciation program and other leisure time activities during their off work-time hours. Visiting is conducted during weekends and families can bring picnic lunches for the visits.

Eel River Camps hosts a variety of programs in conjunction with local volunteers.

  • Alcohol / Narcotics Anonymous meetings
  • Jehovah Witness meetings
  • Eel River Christian services
  • Group Bible Study
  • DMV - California I.D. and driver's license program
  • Hobby program / victims of crime donations
  • Music appreciation program
  • Camp gardening projects

Camp Products

Fire wood (Senior Center), carpentry Humboldt/Del Norte Cal-Fire Unit