Set amid the scenic rolling hills of Coyote Valley, Lake Mendocino was formed in 1958 by the construction of the Coyote Valley Dam on the Russian River. Groves of oak mixed with manzanita and pine trees forest the area, offering intermittent shade and premium bird and wildlife habitat. The 1,922 acre lake and its environs offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities including boating, swimming, water-skiing, fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding. Anglers will find sunfish, smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, white and channel catfish, bluegill and perch.
Several miles of trails wind around Lake Mendocino. The Lake Mendocino Disc Golf Course offers 18 holes between its north and south courses. There are playgrounds for children at the Bushay and Chekaka campgrounds, and a horse staging area is located near the Kaweyo Trailhead.
WHERE: 8 miles northeast of Ukiah off Hwy 101 on Hwy 20 (Bushay) or 5 miles northeast of Ukiah off North State Street on Lake Mendocino Drive (Chekaka)
MORE INFO: 707-467-4200 | Bushay Camping and Chekaka Camping