Fuller Grove Campground

Lake Pillsbury

Lake Pillsbury

Fuller Grove Campground, Lake Pillsbury, CA

Fuller Grove 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. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  3. Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

Fuller Grove Campground

Fuller Grove Campground at Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest is operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. Signs for the turn into the campground are hard to see when approaching from the south. The campground is situated among the trees on the northwestern shore of Lake Pillsbury, a short distance back from the water. Lake Pillsbury, the largest lake in the Mendocino National Forest, is popular for fishing, swimming, and boating. A boat launch ramp is nearby.

The campground has 30 sites which can accommodate tents or small RVs or trailers (up to 22 feet). Six are double sites. Many sites have lake views. Reservations for the family sites may soon be available from PG&E. Check link below. There is also a Group Campsite included in the campground.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Simmons Road at Lake Pillsbury, 24 miles north of Highway 20 via Potter Valley Rd., Eel River Rd., and Elk Mountain Rd.
For some route finding tips, see Directions below.
Elevation: 1,900 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Santa Rosa - 95 miles, 2:08
Number of Sites: 30
Open - Closed: Mid-April through mid-September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 ($5 fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended, $2 per night
PG&E: (916) 386-5164 or
Upper Lake Ranger District at (707) 275-2361

Reservations may become Available: Mid-April through mid-September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $16 per night (pets $2 per night)
Reservations May Be Available: Fuller Grove Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out 11:00 AM

Fuller Grove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, grill, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Lake Pillsbury, Lake Pillsbury Resort with swim beach, marina, and boat rentals; boat launch ramps, hiking trails, Snow Mountain Wilderness, Bloody Rock historic area, tule elk


Once you have made the turn at Potter Valley, signs become scarce. Four miles beyond Potter's Valley the road suddenly splits, either road looking as likely as the other, and no sign to indicate which way to go. Actaully either way works. Left is more gradual. The two roads meet again at the bottom of the hill.

After crossing a bridge over the Eel River, turn right. (Again, no signs). The next dozen miles are on gravel road high on the north side of the Eel River. The road on the south side of the river is filled with ruts, bumps, and pot holes. Unless you like 4-wheeling, avoid it.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning February 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting March 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may may be reserved for partial weeks and weekends (2-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

All PG&E campgrounds, including those with reservations available, also have some first-come, first-serve sites.

Fuller Grove Group Campsite

Fuller Grove's Group Campsite can accommodate up to 50 people. It is located on the north side of the launch ramp. Reservations are required for use of the site. Amenities include potable water, 12 tables, 12 fire rings, 2 food storage lockers, and 1 vault toilet building. A 2-night minimum is required, 3 nights on holiday weekends. Reservations for one week or more are accepted in February each year. Reservations for less than one week are accepted starting in March each year. Check-in time is 4 PM, check-out is noon.
Fuller Grove Group Campground Map
Fee: $145 per night
Reservations: PG&E Online Reservations or call PG&E - (916) 386-5164

Fuller Grove Group Campground, Lake Pillsbury, CA

Fuller Grove Group Campground

map of Lake Pillsbury, CA

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