Mendocino Lake

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About Mendocino Lake

From the redwood forests to wine country, 1,822-acre Mendocino Lake was made for you and me. It’s formed by the Coyote Dam on the Russian River and flanked with groves of oak mixed in with manzanita and pines.

There are ample boating, swimming and water skiing opportunities and fish folk will find sunfish, bass, crappie, catfish and perch angling their lines. If you believe that not all those who wander are lost, there are several miles of trails around the lake including 7-mile Kaweyo Trail, which is open to hiking and horseback riding and makes for some handsome views of the lake. Year-round camping and picnicking are also park pastimes.

Campgrounds in Mendocino Lake

Bushay Campground

1. Bushay Campground

With individual and group campsites, Bushay Campground provides running water and access to a day-use area where you can bump/set/spike, playground...

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Kyen Campground

2. Kyen Campground

Staying at Kyen Campground gives you the chance to be Livin’ It Up like Ja Rule. Alright, there might not be any fancy clubs or Jacob’s Jewelers,...

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Chekaka Campground

3. Chekaka Campground

Located near the southern end of the lake near park HQ, Chekaka Campground has easy peasy access to the south boat ramp and day-use areas with...

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Miti Boat-In Campground

4. Miti Boat-In Campground

If you have to ask, you’ll never know. Alright we’ll tell you this one time, but Miti Boat-In Campground is not available for reservations. You’ll...

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Mendocino Lake
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June 5th, 2015
Mendocino Lake
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June 5th, 2015
Mendocino Lake
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June 5th, 2015
Mendocino Lake
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June 5th, 2015

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History of Mendocino Lake

Mendocino Lake was formed by the construction of Coyote Valley Dam in 1958. The lake and dam provide flood control, water conservation, hydroelectric power, and recreation.