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Description - Letts Lake Campground is located 16 miles west of Stonyford at an elevation of 4,500 feet. Letts Lake embraces 35 acre Lower Letts Lake in the Grindstone Ranger District.

Attractions - Camping is provided by several campgrounds such as Mill Valley Campground. Picnicking is provided in the Big Springs Picnic Area. Boats with motors are not permitted on this fishing lake.

This area is divided into 5 campgrounds-Middle, Main, Saddle, Stirrup and Spillway.

Recreation - Letts Lake Recreational area provides camping in several campgrounds, hiking, picnicking, fishing and boating.

Climate - The climate on the Mendocino is greatly influenced by elevation. As throughout California, most of the precipitation comes between November and April. This comes in the form of rain at the lower elevations and some wet, heavy snow in the higher elevations. April through October are normally dry, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.

Location - Letts Lake is located approximately 8 miles southwest from Stonyford in the Grindstone Ranger District. From Stonyford, travel west on M10 for 14 miles, turn left on road #17N02 and proceed to the Lake. This Lake is past Mill Valley Campground.

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Filed By: Rob Dean (suisun city, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Camped there twice, loved it both times. There was no campground host the second time though and we had to move sites to get away from obnoxious campers next door drinking, swearing and smoking pot all night long. This would not fly if there was a host. My advice is to call the stoneyford usfs work center and find out if there is a host in camp before you bring your family up there hoping for quality time. Other than those people it is a wonderfull place to camp. Make sure you have everything you need because walmart is 2 hours away!

Filed By: Heather (San Francisco, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We went to Letts Lake for our first time June 2005. Had only a few reviews to go by and I will admit that I was a bit reluctant and more so during our trip up there. My love affair with the place came the first morning, upon arising, the place was pure majic. Make sure you bring up everything you will need for the time you will be there because the trip down and back is excruciating in terms of the road and the heat. If I hadn't had a hard time with the heat I would have done more hiking but the lake is a perfect place to just simply relax. And I fell in love with the camp hosts as well !!! We will definately return.

Filed By: Jody (Santa Rosa, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Temperature was warm, mild at night. Caught a few small fish, nothing big. Lake is full of water. Not too dusty yet. A lot of bugs this time of year, including lots of mosquitoes.

Filed By: Jody (Santa Rosa, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It's still pretty cold at night, mild during the day. There's still some snow on the mountain tops. There were more people than I expected. Fishing was horrible, no one was catching anything. The lake hasn't been restocked yet. As for the camp hosts, they are very nice people who's job is to keep the lake a nice quiet place to camp. If they're watching you it's probably because you're doing something you shouldn't. If you're looking for a place to party go to your local mega-campground where you'll be in good company. Because you WILL get kicked out of Letts Lake (happened to a group this weekend).

Filed By: Cindy
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Wow. At first,I must admit, that I was glad to hear the negative responses. Who wants Letts Lake to be flooded with tons of people? But then I couldn't believe the rude remarks. We have been going to Letts Lake every year twice a year for the past 8 years. It is a beautiful, peaceful place to take your family on a camping trip. It is one of the last small lakes around that are stocked with fish and are funded enough to be maintained. I am very thankful that it is there to be enjoyed. As for the camp hosts, they have been there for quite a while and my kids look forward to seeing their familiar faces every year. I think they do a fantastic job and I appreciate their presence. If you are looking for a beautiful place to get away from it all, go to Letts Lake. Enjoy the ducks, beavers, eagles, fishing, hiking, non-motor boating, and swimming. And while your at it, give the camp hosts a friendly hello. But if you want to party? Go to the resevoir down the road.

Filed By: Cindy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

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Contact Information:
Grindstone Ranger District, 825 N Humbolt Ave. , Willow, CA, 95988, Phone: 530-934-3316, TTY: 530-934-7724

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.
Grindstone Ranger District - The Grindstone Ranger District is the conglomeration of the former Stonyford Ranger District and Corning Ranger District. This District encompasses most of the eastern half of the Mendocino National Forest. The Grindstone Ranger District offers many opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, camping and horseback riding.


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