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Lake Mendocino

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1160 Lake Mendocino Drive, Ukiah, CA 95482-9404
+1 707-462-7581
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Took the 5 north from L.A. and cut across the 20 for destination in Ukiah and passed the lake. Did... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
v2y2
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Ukiah, California
Great walking and hiking trails around the lake.

I used to take the hiking trails to the north around the lake. I now find a bit more leisurely (but... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
_sarahskyler
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Ukiah, California
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Lake Mendocino is located in the northern coast range of California where redwood forests meet the wine country. Created by the construction of Coyote Dam on the East Fork of the Russian River in 1958. The dam, built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides flood damage reduction, water conservation, and hydroelectric power. The lake also provides many recreation opportunities.
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  • Very good40%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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“water skiing” (3 reviews)
“rainy season” (2 reviews)
“bass” (2 reviews)
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1160 Lake Mendocino Drive, Ukiah, CA 95482-9404
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Took the 5 north from L.A. and cut across the 20 for destination in Ukiah and passed the lake. Did not stop but plan on returning for some fun.

Thank v2y2
Reviewed 22 May 2017

I used to take the hiking trails to the north around the lake. I now find a bit more leisurely (but can be powerful) walk is by crossing the dam and heading up the hill and back. This year with all the great winter rains,...More

Thank _sarahskyler
Reviewed 27 March 2017

The lake level drops quickly after the rainy season but when it is full or nearly full the shore line is a great place to hang out. There are great picnic areas in the shade with nice views of the lake. Very scenic sunsets and...More

Thank Thomas L
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

We wanted to see how high the lake was after all the rain. It was a beautiful walk across the dam then down to the lake as far as we could go. The Ducks were all swimming around and we fed them stale bread which...More

Thank Cyncity050
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Boating, picknicking, water skiing, fishing, kayaking and hiking are the main activities at Lake Mendicino

1  Thank pragjohn
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We hiked around the lake and played on the various playgrounds at the Observation Point/Boat Ramp area. Would highly recommend for a picnic. Great smell of Eucalyptus!

Thank TeamHovis
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Beautiful lake, plenty of camping, several beaches, 2 boat docks and lots of fun fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, group activity or just a picnic, Lake Mendocino is a fun place to go. Have done all of these here and never disappointing.

Thank marlene s
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We have used this campground once a year for most of 39 years. It is large enough to hold more than the 700 kids/staff we had. There were some issues that were worked out with the Rangers, the event was full of problems that were...More

Thank Kathie S
Reviewed 5 October 2016

I am reviewing the campground, not the lake itself. We stayed in the RV Park/Campground which was very nice for dry camping. There are no hookups at all. You must provide your own power. There is water available and restrooms as well. The campsites are...More

Thank Rich B
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I spend at least 2hrs a day on most weeks somewhere along the shores of Lake Mendocino..for over 6years.. I take my dog to run him along the shore... Til the middle of this summer season everything has been all fun.. suddenly the shores filled...More

2  Thank Siacri S
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Maria W
Are people allowed to hike around the whole lake?
2 December 2016|
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Response from Tony J B | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about hiking around the lake. I did. It see others across the lake but then again few people were there when I visited. Google Earth might provide the answer you're looking for or a call to Mendocino County... More
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Crystal V
Is there any where on the lake to rent a kayak?
24 June 2016|
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Response from luv2fast | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately but I think you can rent them in UKIAH at Pacific outfitters
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