Launching Your Boat

Cost Per Day

$3.00 per day launch fee. $1.50 with a valid "America the Beautiful" or "Golden" National Passport Passes.

Cost Per Day for Registered Campers

Your launch fee is included in the camping fee. You must, however, have a camping vehicle pass clearly displayed in your vehicle.

Annual Passes

$30 a year. $15 with a valid National Passport Pass.

Passes can be purchased at the Park Headquarters during regular office hours, at each of the campground host booths or from Park Rangers.


With National Passport passes, you recieve a 50% reduction in boat launch fees, camping fees, and annual boat launch pass fees.

Click on the link below to see if you qualify for one.

National Passport Passes

Passes can be purchased at local offices of these agencies:


Call (707) 467- 4200

US Army Corps of Engineers 

1160 Lake Mendocino Drive

Ukiah, California 95482

Boating at Lake Mendocino


We have a limited number of waterside campsites with 16 sites available on a first come, first serve basis at Miti Campground. These are boat-in only sites which cannot be accessed by vehicles.  The sites feature non-flush toilets but no potable water or garbage facilities are available.  There are also waterside campsites in Kyen Campground which usually require a reservation.



All boaters are required to follow State and Park Safe Boating rules and regulations.  Some of the most important include:

• No drinking or use of drugs.

• Children 13 years and younger must wear a lifejacket at all times while on a boat.

• State law prohibits riding in a loaded trailer such as a boat or on a jet ski under tow by another vehicle.

• Water craft without running lights must be off the water before sunset. At Lake Mendocino, this means that when the sun sets behind the hills you should already be off the water.


Zebra Mussel / New Zealand Mudsnail


Check out the California Department of Boating and Waterways Website for more information.

Please keep in mind that all camping, picniking, and boating supplies must be brought to the park. There is no Marina available at Lake Mendocino.


Please remember this is a man-made lake.  Watch for uneven lake bottoms, submerged trees and rocks, and fluctuating lake levels all year long.




4 Main Causes of Drowning:

  • Not wearing a lifejacket
  • Using alcohol or drugs
  • Poor or no swimming ability
  • Hypothermia