Miti Boat-in Campground

Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino, CA

Vicinity of Miti Campground across Lake Mendocino

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.

Miti Boat-in Campground

Miti Boat-in Campground is found on the east side of Lake Mendocino. The campground and the lake are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The campsites are first-come, first-served and may only be approached by boat. There is no potable water at the campground. Also, campers must haul out their trash. There are vault toilets.

Miti Boat-in Campground has 16 campsites along the shore of the lake. Information about registering at the campground is on the campground map (see the link below).

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: 16
Open - Closed: April 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

No Reservations First come, first served
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $8 per night, plus $3 boat launch fee
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Miti Boat-in Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, lantern post; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Campground Map: Miti Boat-in Campground Map
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Pomo Cultural Center, Amphitheater with campfire programs, 7-mile Kaweyo Trail, Mesa Day-use Area with volleyball courts, playground, picnic site, boat ramp, boating, waterskiing, fishing, hiking

Campgrounds without Potable Water

The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.

Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.

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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