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: Please note that reservations rules have changed for BUSHAY RECREATION AREA. Advanced reservations for all campsites are strongly encouraged. The 4-day minimum window for reservations has been removed, however, walk-in campers will only be able to pay for sites with a credit or debit card over the phone by calling 877-444-6777 or going to Recreation.gov. Campers MUST reserve a site over the phone or on Recreation.gov before occupying a site. Cash and checks will no longer be accepted at the self-pay stations. Volunteer gate hosts will have very limited availability, and Park Rangers cannot accept payments.

BUSHAY RECREATION AREA, CA

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Bushay 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...

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Overview

Bushay 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 the 7-mile Kaweyo Trail, which is open to hiking and horseback riding. This trail winds from the lake to the dam, providing excellent views of the lake and wildlife in the area.

Facilities:

This large, year-round campground offers more than 100 family sites, many of which overlook the lake. Three group sites are also available.

The Mesa Day-Use Area is within the campground and offers a group picnic shelter with electric hookups. Family picnic shelters are also located here, complete with tables and grills.

Amenities include flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station and playground. A horse staging area is located in 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
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lantern Posts
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Accessible sites are available on a first come, first served basis
  • 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
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  • High water levels may result in the closure of the Bushay Recreation Area. If the area is closed, reservation holders will be refunded in full and notified as soon as possible.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BUSHAY RECREATION AREA

  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (707)467-4200