Oak Flat Campground

Lake Pillsbury


Lake Pillsbury


Oak Flat Campground, Lake Pillsbury, CA

Oak Flat 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.

Oak Flat Campground

Oak Flat Campground at Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest is operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. The campground is situated among the trees, a short distance back from the northern side of the lake. Lake Pillsbury, the largest lake in the Mendocino National Forest, is popular for fishing, swimming, and boating. Nearby is a boat launch ramp. Keep your eyes open for tule elk in the meadows at the north end of the lake.

Oak Flat Campground has 18 sites which can accommodate small RVs or trailers (up to 16 feet). There is some dispersed camping there as well as designated campsites. When the lake is full the campground is only a short walk from the water's edge. Even when water levels begin to drop in the fall, many sites have nice views of the lake. The campground has a much more open feel to it than its neighbor, Navy Camp Campground.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Simmons Road at Lake Pillsbury, 23 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 - 96 miles, 2:09
Number of Sites: 18
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 ($3 fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
PG&E: (916) 386-5164 or
Upper Lake Ranger District at (707) 275-2361

Reservations
No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 16 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $10 per night, $5 pr night in winter
(pets $2 per night)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Oak Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable 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

Directions

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.

General Camping Information

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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