Pogie Point Campground

Lake Pillsbury

Lake Pillsbury

Pogie Point Campground, Lake Pillsbury, CA

Pogie Point Campground

Mendocino National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Mendocino National Forest enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and scenic attractions. Those who camp at Pogie Point Campground have all of Lake Pillsubry before them.

  • Spend many carefree days boating and fishing on Lake Pillsbury.
  • Drop in at the Lake Pillsbury Resort for cabins and camping, a swim beach, and a marina with boat rentals.
  • Take off mountain biking along countless dirt roads through the forest.
  • Test your fishing skills in the Eel River (check current limitations and regulations), or at Letts Lake or Plaskett Lakes.
  • Find great 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.
  • Take a picnic to Plaskett Meadows, Pine Point, Sycamore Grove, Big Springs, or Wolf Creek.

Key Pogie Point Campground Regulations

  1. Keep your food safe from bears by storing food and similar items in bear-proof lockers if available.
  2. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.
  3. To help prevent the spread of invasive pests, obtain firewood locally.
  4. Dogs are required to be on leash in the campground and always attended.

Pogie Point Campground

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.

Pogie Point Campground Basics
Pogie Point Campground Location: 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.
Elevation: 1,900 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Santa Rosa - 96 miles, 2:09
Number of Sites: 44
Open - Closed: April through mid-September
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

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 16 feet
Accessible Sites: 5 new accessible campsites on concrete pads and 4 sites on dirt with restrooms, tables, and fire rings.
Fees: $16 per night (pets $1 per night)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Pogie Point Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, grill, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
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.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

map of Lake Pillsbury, including Pogie Point Campground, CA

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