BuShay Campground

Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino

Bushay Campground, Lake Mendocino, CA

BuShay Campground

Mendocino National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Mendocino National Forest discover a wide range of outdoor activities and scenic attractions.

  • Boating and fishing on Lake Pillsbury
  • Lake Pillsbury Resort with cabins and camping, swim beach, marina, and boat rentals
  • Mountain biking along dirt roads
  • Fishing in the Eel River (check current limitations and regulations), Letts Lake, and Plaskett Lakes
  • OHV camping and riding at places such as Nail Track OHV Play Area, around Stonyford Recreation Area, and many other places
  • Visit Rattlesnake Firefight Overlook
  • Picnic at Plaskett Meadows, Pine Point, Sycamore Grove, Big Springs, or Wolf Creek

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Entrance Gate closes and is locked in the summer at 10:00 PM.
  2. Summer Campsite Registration: between 7:30 AM and 10:00 PM
  3. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  4. Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

BuShay Campground

BuShay Campground is on the northeast side of Lake Mendocino, next to the Mesa Day-use area. The campground and the lake are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Few of the campsites are lakeside, but all are within easy walking distance and many sites have lake views. Lake Mendocino is popular for boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Hiking trails wind through a 700-acre wilderness area.

BuShay Campground has 136 individual campsites (site #94 has electric hook-ups) along with 3 separate Group Areas. On the reservation website the campground listings show which sites are near the water. The adjacent day-use area provides recreation facilities.

Campground Basics
Location: Lake Mendocino, 5 miles north of Ukiah
Elevation: 830 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway cities: Santa Rosa - 65 miles, 1:10
Sacramento - 153 miles, 2:56
Number of Sites: 136
Open - Closed: May through September
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
US Army Corps of Engineers (707) 467- 4200

Reservations required Walk-in campers will have to pay by credit card over the phone at (877) 444-6777 or use the reservation link shown below. Cash is not accepted at the campground.
Booking Window: Reservations can be made for today and for up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: #92, 95, 138, 162
Fees: Standard sites: $25 - $30 per night
Electric hook-up site: $35
Reservations: Bushay Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, 11:00 AM

BuShay Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, lantern post; no hook-ups
Campground: Restroom with flush toilets, tap water
Campground Map: Bushay Campground Map
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Nearby attractions: Amphitheater with campfire programs, 7-mile Kaweyo Trail, Mesa Day-use Area with volleyball courts, nice playground, picnic site, boat ramp on north shore, boating, waterskiing, fishing, hiking

General Camping Information for

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood from the local area of the campground.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plat. They may be available for first-come, first-served use.

Group Campsites at BuShay Campground

Bushay Campground includes 3 group areas:

  • Deer Camp: 10 campsites for up to 80 people and 20 vehicles
  • Little Bear: 15 campsites for up to 120 people and 30 vehicles
  • TaTa: 13 campsites for up to 104 people and 26 vehicles

All the group sites have piped water, picnic tables, fire pits, and group BBQs. Check-in time is 1 PM, checkout is noon. Reservations can be made 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Fees: $235 per night
Reservations: Bushay Campground Reservations

Bushay Campground, Lake Mendocino, CA

Deer Group Campsite at BuShay Campground

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