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Campsites 001 to 023 are closed until June 30,2016 for maintenance.

The Day Use areas (Overlook and Joe Riley) remain open.


part ofMendocino Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Tue Sep 29 2015   Season Dates


Chekaka 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.


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 a 3-mile trail that begins at the lake overlook and loops around to the north end of the lake, where a designated swim beach is located.

The Lake Mendocino Disc Golf Course offers 18 holes between its north and south courses. The rolling terrain is heavily wooded in some areas, making for challenging tunnel shots with obstacles around most pins.


The campground offers 17 reservable family sites, all within walking distance of the lake and dam. A group overnight site and group day-use picnic area are also available. Several family picnic shelters can be used on a first come, first served basis. Tables and grills are provided.

Amenities include vault toilets and drinking water. Younger campers love the park's large playground, and a horse staging area is located just outside 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
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Disc Golf
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lantern Posts
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
Know Before You Go
  • 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
  • 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):
39.20306, -123.18639
39°12'11"N, 123°11'11"W

From San Francisco, travel north on Highway 101 for 2 miles past Ukiah to Lake Mendocino Drive Exit. Turn left at North State Street traffic light, then right onto Lake Mendocino Drive. The campground is located at the top of the hill.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

N39 12.164 W123 11.197
  CA  95482-9404

Phone Number:

Information:  (707)467-4200
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