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Attention: Use of facility for political events or activities is prohibited.
CLOSED: Bushay Campground and Recreation areas are closed for the season. Kyen Campground at Lake Mendocino will be open throughout the off season.

BUSHAY RECREATION AREA, CA

part ofMendocino Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: BUSHAY RECREATION AREA
Status: Closed through Wed May 20 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Bushay Recreation Area is situated on Lake Mendocino in California's Mendocino Range, where redwood forests meet wine country.

The lake is formed by the Coyote Dam on the Russian River. A wide variety of recreational opportunities is available, including boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

Natural Features:

Lake Mendocino lies in the scenic rolling hills of Coyote Valley. Groves of oak mixed with manzanita and pines forest the area, offering limited shade and an excellent bird and wildlife habitat.

Recreation:

The 1,822-acre lake provides abundant boating, swimming and water skiing opportunities. Anglers will find sunfish, smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, white and channel catfish, bluegill and perch.

Several miles of trails wind around Lake Mendocino, including the 7-mile Kaweyo Trail, which is open to hiking and horseback riding. This trail winds from the lake to the dam, providing excellent views of the lake and wildlife in the area.

Facilities:

This large, year-round campground offers more than 100 family sites, many of which overlook the lake. Three group sites are also available.

The Mesa Day-Use Area is within the campground and offers a group picnic shelter with electric hookups. Family picnic shelters are also located here, complete with tables and grills.

Amenities include flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station and playground. A horse staging area is located in the campground near the Kaweyo Trailhead.

Nearby Attractions:

The charming city of Ukiah, less than 15 minutes away, offers a variety of shopping and dining opportunities, museums and golf courses. The Ukiah Farmer's Market runs Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, offering fresh produce, local wines, arts and crafts and live music.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lantern Posts
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Accessible sites are available on a first come, first served basis
  • Register for campsites during booth hours, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Entrance gate is closed and locked at 10 p.m.
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted
  • Click here for more info
  • High water levels may result in the closure of the Bushay Recreation Area. If the area is closed, reservation holders will be refunded in full and notified as soon as possible.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.23501, -123.16593
39°14'6"N, 123°9'57"W

From the South (San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Ukiah): Follow Highway 101 North towards Ukiah. Approximately 5 miles north of Ukiah, take Highway 20 East. Continue on Highway 20 East for approximately 3 miles. Just after you see Lake Mendocino on your right, you will cross a tall bridge. Take the first left after the bridge. Follow the road under the bridge and along the river until you reach the Host Booth at the top of the hill.

From the North (Eureka, Willits, Fort Bragg): Follow Highway 101 South. Approximately 15 miles south of Willits, take Highway 20 East. Continue on Highway 20 East for approximately 3 miles. Just after you see Lake Mendocino on your right, you will cross a tall bridge. Take the first left after the bridge. Follow the road under the bridge and along the river until you reach the Host Booth at the top of the hill.

From the East (Sacramento): From the city of Williams, take Highway 20 West. Continue on Highway 20 for approximately 2 hours or 80 miles traveling past Clearlake and Blue Lakes. Approximately 2 miles after the Potter Valley turn-off you will see a sign for Lake Mendocino Recreation Area. Take the first right after the sign. Follow the road under the bridge and along the river until you reach the Host Booth at the top of the hill.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BUSHAY RECREATION AREA

  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (707)467-4200
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