Sunset Point Campground

Lake Pillsbury

Lake Pillsbury

Sunset Campground, Lake Pillsbury, CA

Sunset Point Campground

Mendocino National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Mendocino National Forest visitors have the opportunity to explore a range of outdoor activities and scenic attractions. Campers at Sunset Point Campground have Pillsbury Lake spread before them.

  • Spend relaxing days boating and fishing on Lake Pillsbury.
  • Drive around to Lake Pillsbury Resort for cabins and camping, a swim beach, and a marina with boat rentals.
  • Set off on an adventure mountain biking along countless dirt roads through the forest.
  • Cast your fishing line into the Eel River (check current limitations and regulations), or at Letts Lake or Plaskett Lakes.
  • Experience 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.
  • Picnic at Plaskett Meadows, Pine Point, Sycamore Grove, Big Springs, or Wolf Creek.

Key Sunset Point Campground Regulations

  1. Store food and scented items in bear-proof lockers to avoid problems with bears.
  2. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.
  3. To prevent the spread of harmful insects, obtain firewood locally.
  4. Dogs must be kept on leash in the campground and always attended.

Sunset Point Campground

Sunset Point Campground at Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest is operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. The campground is about a quarter mile from the Pillsbury Pines Boat Launch and Day-use Area on the northeast side of the lake. Visitors to Sunset Point Campground enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing. Nearby is the Lakeshore Trail used by hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. Keep your eyes open for tule elk in the meadows at the north end of the lake.

Sunset Point Campground has 53 sites which can accommodate tents and small to medium RVs or trailers (up to 22 feet). Fourteen of the sites are doubles. The campsites are spread through a pine forest offering plenty of shade.

Sunset Point Campground Basics
Sunset Point Campground Location: Off Simmons Road at Lake Pillsbury, 26 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: 53
Open - Closed: Mid-April through mid-September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 ($5 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: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $16 per night (pets $2 per night)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Sunset Point Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, grills, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Sunset Point Campground: Have fun fishing and boating at Lake Pillsbury. Drop in to the Lake Pillsbury Resort for its swim beach, marina, and boat rentals. Make use of the nearby Pines Boat Launch and Day-use Area. Enjoy hiking trails. Explore the Snow Mountain Wilderness and Bloody Rock historic area. Watch for tule elk.


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

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