Sunset Point Campground

Lake Pillsbury


Lake Pillsbury


Sunset Campground, Lake Pillsbury, CA

Sunset Point 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.

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 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.

The 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.

Campground Basics
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

Reservations
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
Nearby attractions: Lakeshore Nature Trail, 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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