CheKaKa Campground

Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino

Chekaka Campground, Lake Mendocino, CA

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.

CheKaKa Campground

CheKaKa Campground is located on the southwest shore of Lake Mendocino, next to the Joe Riley Day-use area and Coyote Valley Dam. The campground and the lake are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. None of the campsites have lake views, but they are within easy walking distance of the lake. Lake Mendocino is popular for boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Hiking trails wind through a 700-acre wilderness area.

CheKaKa Campground has 20 individual campsites. They have water, but do not have flush toilets or showers as they do across the lake at Bushay Campground. There is a horse staging area adjacent to the campground.

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: 20
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 from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: #12
Fees: $20 per night
Reservations: CheKaKa Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Chekaka Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, lantern post; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Campground Map: CheKaKa Campground Map
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Amphitheater with campfire programs, 7-mile Kaweyo Trail, Shakota Trail, Joe Riley Day-use Area with volleyball courts and disc golf, 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 plate. They may be available for first-come, first-served use.

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