Letts Lake Campground

Mendocino National Forest

Mendocino National Forest

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.

Letts Lake Campground

Letts Lake Campground is on the southern end of 35-acre Upper Letts Lake, deep in the Mendocino National Forest. The remote lake is 28 miles (as the crow flies) west of Maxwell on Interstate 5. Visitors to this beautiful lake enjoy fishing, non-motorized boating, and swimming. Nearby is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier.

The campground is actually 4 separate loops located around the lake - Main, Saddle, Spillway, and Stirrup. Many of the campsites have lake views. Campsites are well separated with good privacy.

Campground Basics
Location: 19 miles west of Stonyford on Letts Valley Rd.
Elevation: 4,500 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Maxwell - 49 miles
Number of Sites: 42
Open - Closed: May through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 ($5 fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Stonyford Work Center: (530) 963-3128

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 24 feet
wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated but some facilities are accessible
Fees: $12 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Letts Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, grills, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Nearby, close to Fouts Springs Campground
Nearby attractions: Fishing pier, boat ramp for non-motorized craft, kayaking, canoeing, float-tubes, swimming, hiking trail around the lake

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 website 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.

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