Recreation Conditions Update - August 26th


  • 18N05 & 16N37 are OPEN.
  • Please call our office before traveling to your destination: 530-934-3316.

For your safety, carry emergency equipment in your vehicle. For information on road conditions: Glenn County 530-934-6530, Colusa County 530-458-0466, Tehama County 530-385-1462, Lake County 707-263-2341, and Mendocino County 707-463-4363. See specific road information in the Ranger Districts section below.


  • Motor Vehicle Use Maps maps are now available at the Mendocino National Forest offices or online.


  • The mendocino National Forest has entered 2013 seasonal Fire Resrtictions. No campfires unless you are in a desginated site.
  • Campfire permits for 2013 are free and available at all Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and CAL FIRE offices and from Forest Service field personnel.
  • Forms can be downloaded online and faxed to (530) 934-7384; include your fax number and we will process the permit and fax it back to you.
  • All types of Fireworks are prohibited in National Forests.


  • Campsites are first come-first serve with the exception of designated group sites and Sycamore Grove Campground.
  • Reservations for Gray Pine Group, Masterson Group and Sycamore Grove Campground can be made through the National Recreation Reservation System at or 1-877-444-6777.
  • Please help us keep our campgrounds and facilities clean; do not throw your trash in the toilets. Remember the toilets are not trash receptacles. It is costly to remove non-biodegradable material from the toilets.

                                   GRINDSTONE RANGER DISTRICT:

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail/Campground Conditions

  • The Mill Fire Closure Order has been lifted.
  • Trail 2 is CLOSED between Trail 21 and Goat Mtn. road for maintenance until further notice.
  • Check for current conditions by calling 530-963-3128. It is advised that riders be aware of the occurrence of unexpected obstacles, all operators are expected to stay on trails and going off-trail will result in a citation. Please notify Forest Service staff of any trail hazards and their locations.  Spark Arresters are required.
  • Old Mill Campground is now OPEN.
  • The water system and dump station is being repaired and is currently off in the Fouts Springs area.

Grindstone Campground Information:

  • North Fork Campground is now OPEN.
  • Plaskett Meadows and Masterson are OPEN.
  • Call for conditions. Please be prepared for changing weather conditions.
[Photograph]: Installing a vault toilet.
Workers installing a vault toilet.

Wilderness Areas and Trail Conditions:

  • All trails in the Snow Mountain Wilderness are OPEN.
  • West Crockett TH via M3 from Elk Creek it is recommended you have a high clearence vehicle.

                               UPPER LAKE RANGER DISTRICT:

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail/Campground Conditions

  • The OHV Trails are OPEN. OHV maps for the Upper Lake area are now available. Call the Off-Highway Vehicle information phone line for current conditions: 707-275-1430.
  • Middle Creek CG - Bathrooms on the west side are closed for maintenance.

Upper Lake Campground Information:

  • LAKE PILLSBURY: The largest lake on the Forest has 2,280 acres of surface area and 31 miles of shoreline. The Forest Service and Pacific Gas & Electric manage several developed campgrounds around the lake.  More information on Pacific Gas & Electric campgrounds is available by calling 916-386-5164.
    • Sunset, Oak Flat, Navy Camp, Poige Point, and Fuller Grove Campgrounds are now OPEN
    • Please remember that camping in Lake Pillsbury basin is allowed only in designated campgrounds.
    • The Lake Pillsbury boat launches at Pillsbury Pines and Fuller Grove are CLOSED.

                                    COVELO RANGER DISTRICT:

Covelo Campground Information:

  • Call 707-983-6118 for current conditions.               

Wilderness Areas and Trail Conditions:

  • Many of the Trailheads are open.
  • Call for current conditions.               

                                    RED BLUFF RECREATION AREA:

General Information:

  • The front gate opens at 6:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm.
  • There are 4 ½ miles of nature trails.
  • Please keep pets on leash at all times.
  • NO SWIMMING at the boat launch.

Red Bluff Campground Information:

  • Sycamore Grove campground can be reserved at
  • Walk-ins are still accepted, but are limited to a 2 day stay without a reservation.
  • Forest maps and info can be obtained from the Sacramento River Discovery Center and the Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce.
  • Annual boat launch passes can be purchased for $30 from the Willows and the Red Bluff Recreation Area offices and are valid only at the Red Bluff Recreation Area. Lake Red Bluff has been drained, but there will still be access to the river via the boat ramp at the campground.

                                    GENETIC RESOURCE & CONSERVATION CENTER:

General Information:

  • The main gate at the 209-acre Genetic Resource & Conservation Center in Chico is open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The property may be accessed between dawn and dusk through the "walk through" gate. Visitors are not allowed on the property after dark.
  • There are no public services available at the office.
  • The nature trail is wheelchair accessible.
  • Dogs are required to be on a 6-foot leash at all times, in accordance with Butte County Ordinance 4-1.
  • Public access is restricted to specific roads and areas designated for recreational use.


  • Personal use firewood permits are now available through the Mendocino National Forest.
  • There is a minimum purchase of four cords of wood for $20.00.
  • It is illegal to remove firewood from the forest without a valid permit.


  • Mendocino Forest Visitor and Wilderness maps are available at any of the Mendocino National Forest offices. Note: Corning Chamber of Commerce - 1110 Solano St., (530) 824-5550 and Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce - 100 Main St., (530) 527-6220 sell Forest maps only. Maps are also available at: June Marie’s Gifts 76300 Covelo Rd., Covelo, CA 95428, (707) 983-6101, Soda Creek Store in the Lake Pillsbury area, and The Lake County Visitor Information Center, 6110 East Hwy 20, Lucerne.
  • Online visit or call (406) 329-3024.


  • Available to citizens who are age 62 or older, the Senior Pass is a lifetime pass that costs $10.00.
  • The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who are permanently disabled.
  • The Annual Pass costs $80.00 and is valid for one year from date of purchase. Passes admit the pass holder into federal public recreation sites that charge entrance fees and offers a 50% discount at certain outdoor recreation sites. Where a per-person fee is charged, the Annual Pass covers a pass holder and three accompanying adults. For more information, please call one of our offices.


Name Fees Contact Status
Big Spring no Stonyford Work Center OPEN
Pine Point no Upper Lake Ranger District OPEN
Plaskett Meadows no Stonyford Work Center OPEN
Rattlesnake Firefighter Memorial no Grindstone Ranger District OPEN
Sycamore Grove no Red Bluff Recreation Area OPEN
Wolf Creek Information Site no Stonyford Work Center OPEN

[Photograph]: Fuller Grove Boat Launch at Plillsbury Lake.
Lake Pillsbury