Kyen Campground

Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino

Kyen Campground, Lake Mendocino, CA

Kyen Campground

Mendocino National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Mendocino National Forest enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and scenic attractions. Those who camp at Kyen Campground have the facilities at Lake Mendocino before them.

  • Spend a day swimming or fishing at Lake Mendocino, or take a boat out on the water.
  • Drive to nearby Ukiah for great restaurants, shopping, and to catch a movie at Regal Ukiah Stadium 6.
  • Tour the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House in Ukiah.
  • Set off boating or fishing on Lake Pillsbury
  • Stop at the Lake Pillsbury Resort for cabins and camping, swim beach, marina, and boat rentals.
  • Enjoy a day mountain biking along local dirt roads.
  • Try your luck fishing in the Eel River (check current limitations and regulations), at Letts Lake, and at Plaskett Lakes.
  • Head out 4-wheeling. Go OHV camping and riding at places such as Nail Track OHV Play Area, around Stonyford Recreation Area, and many other spots.
  • Visit Rattlesnake Firefight Overlook.
  • Picnic at Plaskett Meadows, Pine Point, Sycamore Grove, Big Springs, or Wolf Creek.

Key Kyen Campground Regulations

  1. The Entrance Gate closes and is locked in the summer at 10:00 PM. Exits are always available.
  2. Summer Campsite Registration is between 7:30 AM and 10:00 PM.
  3. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.
  4. Obtain firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

Kyen Campground

Kyen Campground sits on the northeast side of Lake Mendocino next to the Oak Grove and Pomo Day-use areas. The campground and the lake are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Some of the campsites at Kyen Campground are lakeside and all 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.

Kyen Campground has 101 individual campsites, most of which have good shade. Fifteen of the sites are lakeside.

Kyen Campground Basics
Kyen Campground Location: Lake Mendocino off Marina Drive, 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: 101
Open - Closed: Full services May through September, limited services the rest of the year
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 at Kyen Campground
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: #9, 92, 95
Fees: $25 - $30 per night
Reservations: Kyen Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Kyen Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, lantern post; no hook-ups
Campground: Restroom with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Campground Map: Kyen Campground Map
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near Kyen Campground: Visit the Pomo Cultural Center. Attend campfire programs at the Amphitheater. Hike on the 7-mile Kaweyo Trail. Enjoy the Mesa Day-use Area with volleyball courts, playground, and picnic sites. Launch your boat at a nearby ramp. Spend days on Lake Mendocino boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Stroll along local hiking trails.

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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