Lake Pillsbury

Landscape view of Lake Pillsbury in Mendocino NF

The largest lake on the Forest has 2,280 acres of surface area and 31 miles of shoreline. Please remember that camping in Lake Pillsbury basin is allowed only in designated campgrounds.

The campgrounds at Lake Pillsbury are operated and maintained by Pacific Gas and Electric. More information on Pacific Gas & Electric campgrounds is available by calling 916-386-5164. All of the campgrounds at Lake Pillsbury are open from May to September, except Oak Flat which is open all year.

Lake Pillsbury campsites are designated for up to 2 vehicles each (there is a fee for additional vehicles) and a maximum of 6 people. The vault toilets are a modern no-odor type.

  • Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservations required except for the Fuller Grove Group Campground.

At a Glance

Fees: Daily Boat Launch Fee - $5
Restrictions: OHV activity is prohibited in the Pillsbury Basin annually from May 18 to September 8.
Closest Towns: Gas and Groceries available in Upper Lake, CA.
Nearest Medical - East Lakeport, CA.
Information Center: Please call Pacific Gas & Electric at (916) 386-5164 or the Upper Lake Ranger District at (707) 275-2361.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Lake Pillsbury

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Lake Pillsbury

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Lake Pillsbury

OHV Camping

Areas for OHV Camping at Lake Pillsbury

OHV Trail Riding

The Forest Service in cooperation with the State of California Off-Highway Vehicle Fund, (Green Sticker), has developed roads, trails, and facilities for further enjoyment of the OHV user.

Remember, these are your facilities and OHV funds are being used to develop and maintain them. OHV information and maps have been updated and are available. Please contact the Forest Service Office closest to your visit to obtain map.

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Lake Pillsbury


Areas for Picnicking at Lake Pillsbury

Boating - Motorized

Fees: Launch Fee - $5.00

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Lake Pillsbury

Boating - Non-Motorized


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Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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