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 U.S. 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 ever looked a fish in the eye? Visit the Coyote Valley Fish Facility from January through April to meet one in person. Daily sorting and fish spawning is brought to you by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Spawning takes place on a weekday, though the specific day may vary from year to year. For the most up-to-date information, please visit or call 707-467-4200.
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.