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Chekaka Campground

Length of Stay: 14 Nights
Maximum RV Size: 43 Feet (13.4 Meters)
Number of Sites: 23 Campsites
Reservation Phone Number: 877-444-6777
Reservation Status: Accepted
Reservation System: National Reservation System



Chekaka Campground Reservations



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General Description

Lake Mendocino is located in the northern coast range of California where redwood forests meet the wine country. Coyote Dam, built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is 160 feet high and 3,500 feet long, creating a lake with a surface area of 1,822 acres. The project provides flood damage reduction, water conservation, hydroelectric power as well as a variety of recreational opportunities. Chekaka Campground's 20 sites are within walking distance to the lake and dam. The campground has vault toilets, no full hook-ups and no hot showers. The south boat ramp is nearby with public phone available. Two day-use areas with picnic shelters, tables and a 18-hole disc golf course are within walking distance of the campground. A 3 mile hiking trail begins at the overlook and loops around to the north end of the lake where a designated swim beach is located.

Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. Campground gates are closed and locked at 10pm. There are no hookups at this park. No unregistered or 3rd vehicles allowed inside campground area. No overnight parking in day us area. When you make multiple reservations you must arrive first and inform the host of the occupants names who will be staying in your additional sites. All reservations, occupants, and campers must check in at the gate and have a pass for camping. Persons with dogs off leash will be cited, and sites with overnight disturbance complaints are grounds for eviction.

Directions: From San Francisco, travel north on Highway 101, 2 miles past Ukiah, to Lake Mendocino Drive exit. Turn left (north) at North State Street traffic light and right (east) on to Lake Mendocino Drive. The campground is located at the top of the hill on the right, 2 miles from Highway 101.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: 4-15/2003 through 9-30/2003 .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
FAMILY STANDARD SINGLE Call for Current Fee ELECTRICITY, SEWER, WATER
FAMILY STANDARD SINGLE Call for Current Fee
GROUP SHELTER SINGLE Call for Current Fee ELECTRICITY
GROUP PICNIC DAY USE SINGLE Call for Current Fee ELECTRICITY



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Chekaka Campground has only 23 campsites, as opposed to nearby Kyen and BuShay Campgrounds, which have over 100 each. However, we hated it for the following reasons: it lacks much shade; it does not have easy swimming access - you have to drive 15 minutes to Kyen to swim; its appearance was unattractive and run-down. Kyen Campground was beautiful, wooded, and had easy swimming access. We did not visit Bushay.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching South Boat Ramp
Yes
ICON Camping Chekaka Campground
Yes
ICON Games & Play 18-Hole Disc Course
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Lake Mendocino
Yes
ICON Picnicking Day Use Area
Yes
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Lake Mendocino
Yes



More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Links to other sites:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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