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US Army Corps of Engineers 

1160 Lake Mendocino Drive

Ukiah, California 95482

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* The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close access to the South Boat Ramp at Lake Mendocino effective Tuesday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m., due to low water levels. The lake’s other access point, the North Boat Ramp, has previously closed due to the same reason. The two ramp areas, though, will remain open for day use and small non-motorized boating access to the lake.
* Pomo A and Pomo B are open at this time. Visitors can access the popular Shakota Trailhead from both rec areas. The Overlook and Joe Riley are also open with access to several trailheads.
* Please note Oak Grove, Pomo C, and Kyen Campground are closed at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. Visitors are advised to use social distancing guidelines while visiting Lake Mendocino.


Welcome to Lake Mendocino

A Lake for All Seasons!



Looking for something to do? Try Lake Mendocino, an ideal venue for gathering with friends and family. Owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, camping, hiking, and fishing are just some of the activities available year round.


Looking for Peace and Quiet?

Looking for solitude? Try Lake Mendocino between the end of September and the beginning of May. Our number of visitors drops quickly after Labor Day weekend, leaving many of our trails, picnic areas and a few campsites open and waiting for you.





Try Fall, Winter, and Spring

Fall, winter and spring are also the best times of year to see wild animals and birds. Many birds stop to rest at Lake Mendocino while flying south in the winter and north in the spring. You can also look for signs of other wildlife including mountain lion, bobcat and black bear. 

Click on the cougar's head to find out what to do if you meet a cougar.


Have you every looked a fish in the eye?  Visit the Coyote Dam Steelhead Egg Collection Facility from January through mid April to meet one in person. Daily sorting and Thursday fish spawning is brought to you by California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

From April through November visit the Pomo Cultural Center on the north end of Lake Mendocino. The Center has exhibits on Pomo dancing, hunting and baskets.





Maybe Summer is Your Thing

If boating is your passion, summer may be the best time for your visit. June, July, and August are the busiest times to come to Lake Mendocino. There is still a chance to have a little of the lake to yourself if you plan your visit during the week rather than the weekend.