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Status: Closed through Sat Jun 14 2014   Season Dates


Tucked away in the towering pines of the Mendocino National Forest, the Masterson Campground is perfect for your next big get-together.

The large grassy meadows of the campground are surrounded by a dense blanket of forest, offering visitors an outdoor experience of tranquility and solitude.

Natural Features:

The Mendocino National Forest, California's only national forest that is not crossed by a paved road, straddles the eastern spur of the Coastal Mountain Range in northwestern California, just a three-hour drive north of San Francisco and Sacramento.

Sprinkled throughout the dense green forest are several lakes, offering visitors additional recreational opportunities against a stunning and secluded backdrop.


The campground's open meadow areas allow for group games and activities, and a large fire ring provides the perfect place for a nighttime campfire circle and s'mores session.

Plaskett Lake, a short one-mile walk from the campground, offers a variety of trout for the fishing enthusiast, as well as canoeing and other non-motorized boating activities.

Mendocino National Forest's 913,306 acres of mountains and canyons allow for a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, hunting, nature study and off-highway vehicle riding.

Whether it's deer, birds, rabbits, chipmunks or perhaps the occasional bear, wildlife viewing is always a popular activity for visitors. The area is also an extremely popular destination during hunting season.


Masterson offers traditional primitive camping with the added convenience of toilets and running water. The site can hold up to 75 guests comfortably.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby Plaskett Lake Campground can handle additional visitors for larger parties.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Group Fire Rings
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing
Know Before You Go
  • The combination for the lock on the entrance gate will be given with your confirmation letter
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.73778, -122.84722
39°44'16"N, 122°50'50"W

From Interstate 5, take Exit 162 toward Willows. After about 23 miles turn right at the junction at County Road 306. Travel approximately four miles, then turn left onto 162/Forest Highway 7. After approximately 30 miles turn right at the Masterson Group Camp sign and follow the road for a quarter-mile to the gated entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Stonyford Work Station, P.O. Box 160
Stonyford CA 95979-0160

Phone Number:

Information: (530)963-3128