The River Camel is a small stream in North Cornwall. The stream rises at an elevation of about 300 feet, 280m, and drains an area of about 400 square kilometers. The average gradient is 7m/km over its 40km length. It flows into the sea.
Together with its tributaries, the River Allen, the River Ruthern, and the River De Lank, it has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC) by English Nature under the EU Habitats Directive. The European bullhead, Cottus gobio, the European Otter, Lutra lutra, and the Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar are species of conservation interest. There is a run of Sea Trout, Salmo trutta morpha trutta.
It can be traversed by canoeists or kayakers for several days after a heavy rain; consulting a guide is recommended.