Pogie Point Campground at Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest is operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. The campground is situated along an inlet at the northwestern corner of the lake, a short distance back from the water. Lake Pillsbury, the largest lake in the Mendocino National Forest, is popular for fishing, swimming, and boating. Nearby is a boat launch ramp.
Pogie Point Campground has 44 sites, best suited for tent camping, but also able to accommodate small RVs or trailers (up to 16 feet). A picnic area is adjacent to the campground. Campsites are well shaded by oaks and pines. Some sites are set back among the trees away from the water while others have nice views of the lake.
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.
Mileage and driving time from gateway city:
Santa Rosa - 96 miles, 2:09
Number of Sites:
Open - Closed:
April through mid-September
Max. People per Site:
6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site:
2 ($3 fee for 2nd vehicle)
on leash, always attended
(916) 386-5164 or Upper Lake Ranger District at (707) 275-2361
First come, first served
Maximum RV/trailer Length:
5 new accessible campsites on concrete pads and 4 sites on dirt with restrooms, tables, and fire rings.
$16 per night (pets $1 per night)
2:00 PM, check-out Noon
Pogie Point Campground Amenities
Picnic table, food locker, grill, fire ring; no hook-ups
Vault toilets, tap water
Attractions near Pogie Point Campground:
Watch for tule elk in nearby meadows. Spend days fishing and boating at Lake Pillsbury. Drive down to Lake Pillsbury Resort for its swim beach, marina, and boat rentals. Find nearby boat launch ramps. Explore local hiking trails. Hike into the Snow Mountain Wilderness and visit the Bloody Rock historic area.
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. Actually, 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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.