10 Rules to Live by


  1. Learn to Swim.
  2. Wear a Life Jacket!
  3. Learn to Float.
  4. Reach, Throw, Row...Don't Go!
  5. Look Before You Leap!
  6. Don't Overload Your Boat.
  7. Stay With Your Boat.
  8. Learn the Boating Rules of the Road.
  9. Alcohol, Drugs and Boating Don't Mix!
  10. Keep Our Waterways Clean. Don't Pollute.
Rules courtesy of California Department of Boating and Waterways

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US Army Corps of Engineers 

1160 Lake Mendocino Drive

Ukiah, California 95482

Safe Swimming at Corps Lakes

The Local Swimming Hole

Playing it Safe

The designated swim beach is on the northwest shore of Lake Mendocino in the Pomo A and Pomo B Day-Use areas. Please be aware that no lifegards are on duty and swimming at Lake Mendocino is at your own risk.   Because the lake is man-made and maintained, water levels can change on a daily or even hourly basis and the lake bed is unpredictable.

Please remember stay safe, swim within your own limits!

For safety reasons, swimming and diving are prohibited at the North and South Boat Ramps and docks as well as near the tower and the government boat dock.   A reminber that wearing a life jacket and swimming with a buddy are great ways to have fun and stay safe.

4 Main Causes of Drowning:

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

Be A designated Child Watcher

6 Easy Ways to Protect Your Kids

  • Watch children at all times.
  • Children 12 years old and younger MUST wear a lifejacket on the boat.
  • Be an example. Always wear your lifejacket.
  • Don't boat or swim while drinking alcohol or using drugs. 
  • Swim in designated areas only.
  • Swim with a buddy, never alone.


Watch Children at ALL Times

Each year 200 children drown and thousands of others are hospitalized for submersion accidents which leave children with permanent brain damage and respiratory health problems.

  • Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 through 4.
  • A child can drown in less time than it takes to answer a telephone.
  • A child can drown in an inch of water.
  • Drowning is a silent killer. Because they are fighting for air, the victim cannot cry for help.