ATTENTION: Swimming at Lake Mendocino is prohibited until further notice.
Attention: Use of facility for political events or activities is prohibited.
Attention: The North Boat Ramp and South Boat Ramp launch facilities will likely be CLOSED this summer due to historically low water levels. Visitors with boat trailers will not be able to launch their watercraft. Kayaks, canoes and other portable boats may be carried to the water.
Attention: Chekaka Recreation Area Lake Mendocino is closed until further notice.

CHEKAKA RECREATION AREA LAKE MENDOCINO, CA

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...
Status: Open through Mon Sep 29 2014   Season Dates

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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 33 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 42 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 42 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 33 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 34 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 33 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 32 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 28 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 30 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 34 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 43 Back-In
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JOE RILEY GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 50 20
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OVERLOOK GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 20
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CHE-KAKA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 Accessible 35 Back-In
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

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.

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 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.

Facilities:

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.

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GROUP PICNIC AREA

Sun Aug 31 2014 - Thu Aug 27 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC

Sun Aug 31 2014 - Thu Aug 27 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sun Aug 31 2014 - Fri Feb 27 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Mon Sep 29 2014
Services 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
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 29 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $40.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $40.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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:

CHEKAKA RECREATION AREA LAKE MENDOCINO
N39 12.164 W123 11.197
  CA  95482-9404

Phone Number:

Information:  (707)467-4200
Additional Information