NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Highway 101 North Campgrounds

Clam Beach County ParkThe public campgrounds listed below are not located in a state or national  park. Park campgrounds are listed on the link for that park. This area contains many state parks that offer camping, including Richardson Grove, Benbow Lake, Humboldt Redwoods, Grizzly Creek, Patrick's Point, Prairie Creek Redwoods, Humboldt Lagoons, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Jedediah Smith Redwoods and Tolowa Dunes. And don't forget Redwood National Park.

Spring Lake Regional Park

A small regional park within the city limits of Santa Rosa for family recreation, including camping and fishing. Howarth Park is nearby. Small boat rentals are available in summer. Gas powered boats are not allowed. Another nearby option is Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Click the link.

Location: From Hwy. 101 at Santa Rosa turn east on Hwy. 12 about 2 miles to Hoen Ave. Take it east to Newanga Ave., turn left and drive about 1/2 mile to the park.

Attraction: Regional park with nice family accommodations.

Campsite Description: 29 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet and a group site for up to 75 people. Several sites pull-thru. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and showers. Some sites with wheelchair access. A boat ramp and dump station are on-site.

Season: Open daily May thru September and weekends and holidays otherwise.

Reservations: Yes. 707-565-2267.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $20   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers Yes   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Spring Lake Regional Park. 707-539-8092.

References: California Camping, page 311.

Lake Sonoma Recreation Area

A popular spot near Healdsburg for all types of boating, car and boat-in camping plus fishing and 53 miles of shoreline with lots of coves. A wildlife area is nearby, and there are 40 miles of hiking trails. Located in a nice area too. Healdsburg is a nice town with very good restaurants and is a popular Bay Area day or two-day "romantic" layover with a music festival in summer and a very pretty town square. Do lunch at Willy's Wine Bar.

Location: From Hwy. 101 in Healdsburg take the Dry Creek Road exit, turn left and drive about 11 miles to the entrance.

Attraction: Very good family boating, camping and fishing in a pretty area.

Liberty Glen CampgroundCampsite Description: 95 sites for tents or RV's and 5 group sites. One equestrian site. Picnic tables, fire grills and pit toilets. No drinking water. Also, 109 primitive boat-in sites. Left: Liberty Glen Campground.

Season: Year round but limited facilities in winter.

Reservations: For boat-in and group sites at 877-444-6777.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $14   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Nearby   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 450 ft.
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Sonoma. 707-431-4533. Lame Sonoma Marina. 707-433-2200.

References: California Camping, page 294.

Sheldon Creek

A small BLM 6 tent-only site near Hopland and the road over Hopland Grade to Clear Lake.

Location: From Hwy. 101 at Hopland turn east on Hwy. 175 3 miles to Old Toll Road. Turn right and drive about 8 miles to the campground.

Attraction: Solitude. Free.

Campsite Description: 6 sites for tents. Picnic tables, fire grills and pit toilets. No drinking water.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees No   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Bureau of Land Management. 707-468-4000.

References: California Camping, page 292.

Lake Mendocino Campgrounds

Lake Mendocino is a very popular recreation destination, particularly for boaters. It sits at 750 feet with 1,750 surface acres and 15 miles of shoreline stretching along its 5 mile length. Fishing is for striped, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. There is plenty of camping, including a boat-in/hike-in site.

Location: From Hwy. 101 north of Ukiah take Hwy. 20 east about 5 miles to the lake.

Attraction: A very well appointed recreation area with nice boating and fishing opportunities.

Campsite Description: Bushay: 164 sites for tents or RV's t0 35 feet. 3 group sites for up to 120 people each. Picnic tables, fire rings, drinking water, dump station and restrooms with flush toilets and showers. Boat ramp nearby. Some sites with wheelchair access. Kyen: 101 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Same facilities as above. Chekaka: 21 sites for tents or RV's to 35 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and pit toilets. Boat ramp nearby. Miti Boat-in/Hike-in: 15 tent sites. Picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilets. No drinking water.

Season: Bushay, Miti and Chekaka open April thru September. Kyen open year round with facilities limited in winter.

Reservations: Accepted at Bushay, Chekaka & Kyen at 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov. Not accepted at Miti.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Some
Fees Varies   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Some   Lake on Site Yes
Showers Some   Elev 750 ft.
Toilets Both   Supplies Nearby

Information: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 707-462-7581.

References: California Camping, page 271.

Mayacmus/ Red Mountain

Mayacmus is small tent-only site in the Cow Mountain Recreation Area east of Ukiah. This is close to an off-road vehicle area and probably makes sense only if you are into that sport. Red Mountain is closer yet. Both are BLM sites.

Location: From Hwy. 101 in Ukiah take the Talmadge Road exit to Eastside Road, turn right and proceed to Mill Creek Road. Turn left for about 7 miles to the campground.

Attraction: ORV area.

Campsite Description: 12 tent sites at each with picnic tables, fire grills and pit toilets. No drinking water.

Season: Year round

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees No   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Bureau of Land Management. 707-468-4000.

References: California Camping, page 273.

Samoa Boat Launch County Park

A county park just outside Eureka primarily serving anglers launching boats into Humboldt Bay. The sites are essentially parking spaces on a paved lot, but its right on Humboldt Bay. Nearby is the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area serving ATV fans. Also nearby is a must-see: The Samoa Cookhouse. Once a dining hall for loggers, it now serves the all sorts of people with similar appetites. The menu is an all-you-can-eat type with a fixed selection of hearty meals and great pie. Don't ask for a diet plate.

Location: From Hwy. 101 in Eureka turn west on Hwy. 255 to New Navy Base Road. Turn left and drive about 5 miles to the end.

Attraction: Primarily for boaters, with a boat ramp.

Campsite Description: 20 sites for tents or RV's of any length and an overflow parking lot. Picnic tables, fire grills, boat ramp, drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and showers.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $14   Fishing Salt water
Hook-ups No   Boating Bay
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers Yes   Elev Sea level
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Humboldt County Public Works. 707-445-7651.

References: California Camping, page 103

Van Duzen County Park

A Humboldt County park on the Van Duzen River near the confluence with the Eel River. The river is known for salmon and steelhead, but also has populations of native trout. Like all salmon/steelhead streams rules and conditions are always in a state of flux so always check the DFG hotline at 707-442-4502 or web ay www.dfg.ca.gov for a status report. The river is also known for severe water level fluctuations.

Location: From Hwy. 101 south of Eureka at Alton, take Hwy. 36 east for about 12 miles to the campground.

Attraction: Fishing the Van Duzen and Eel Rivers. A swimming beach.

Campsite Description: 30 sites for tents or RV's of any length, some with partial 30 amp hook-ups. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and showers. Some sites with wheelchair access.

Season: Year round

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $15-20   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups Partial   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers Yes   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Humboldt County Public Works. 707-445-7651 or www.co.humboldt.ca.us.

References: California Camping, page 105.

Clam Beach County Park

Clam Beach County ParkA Humboldt County Park north of Eureka near McKinleyville with immediate beach access. The sites are essentially marked on a parking lot.

Location: From Hwy. 101 just north of McKinleyville take the Clam Beach Park exit and follow the signs.

Attraction: Camping at the beach. Like many beach sites, it can be windy.

Campsite Description: 12 sites for tents and 15 paved parking lot sites for RV's of any length. Picnic tables, fire rings, drinking water and pit toilets. Maximum stay 3 days.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $10   Fishing Surf
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Sea level
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Humboldt County Public Works. 707-445-7651 or www.co.humboldt.ca.us.

References: California Camping, page 101.

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