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About the Campground

Lake Mendocino is located in the northern coast range of California, where redwood forests meet the wine country. Coyote Dam, built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is 160 feet high and 3,500 feet long, creating a lake with a surface area of 1,822 acres. The project provides flood damage reduction, water conservation, hydroelectric power, as well as a variety of recreational opportunities. Chekaka Campground's 22 sites are within walking distance to the lake and dam. The campground has vault toilets, no full hook-ups and no showers. The south boat ramp is near by, where a public phone is available. Two day use areas with picnic shelters, tables, grills and an 18-hole disc golf course are also within walking distance of the campground. A 3 mile hiking trail begins at the Overlook and loops around to the north end of the lake, where a designated swim beach is located.

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bike Trail
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Disc Golf
  • Dumpster
  • Entrance Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Horse Trail
  • Lantern Post
  • Pay Telephone
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Potable Water
  • Vault Restroom
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Gasoline
  • Grocery
  • Picnic Shelter


Peak Season
May 01 2010 -
Sep 13 2010
Peak Season
May 01 2011 -
Sep 10 2011

Alerts and Important Information ADA accessible sites available for persons with proof of disability. These sites will be availible on a first come first serve basis. Campground open during the summer months. Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. Check-out time 11am. Check-in time 1 pm. All site holders, even those occupants made under multiple reservations, must register/ check in for their site during booth hours, which are intermittent between 7:30 am and 10 pm. Maximum vehicles 2 per site, all vehicles must have vehicle pass to enter campground. Entrance gate is closed and locked at 10 pm. Persons with dogs off leash will be cited, and sites with overnight disturbance complaints are grounds for eviction. Overnight parking in day use areas is not permitted. Off road vehicles not permitted. More information:

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 18 2010 to Jun 14 2011
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Chekaka Recreation Area Lake Mendocino
Campground Phone: 707-467-4200
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Santa Rosa, CA

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More About Chekaka Recreation Area Lake Mendocino Campground

Chekaka Recreation Area Lake Mendocino is a campground located in Santa Rosa, California. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -123.1833 latitude, and -123.1833 longitude into your GPS device.

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