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Description - Terrain and vegetation around the lake is varied, ranging from conifers and dotted with meadows at lower levels, to chaparral-covered hills. Finally, at higher elevations three are forests of pine and fir. A lakeside resort provides food, lodging, camping, boat-launching facilities and several commercial services.

Attractions - Lake Pillsbury is the perhaps the most frequently visited site within the Mendocino National Forest, attracting boaters, hikers, campers and anglers to its beaches, campgrounds and nearby mountains.

Recreation - Lake Pillsbury offers all the activities that can be enjoyed on a lake. There is camping, picnicking, boating and fishing. There is also a commercial resort along the shore of the lake.

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 - Lake Pillsbury is located in the eastern central region of the Mendocino National Forest, more to the south. It approximately 8 miles northeast of Potter Valley.


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Filed By: Teri Dean (Alameda, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went to Lake Pillsbury June 8-10 and stayed at Sunset Campground. Of the 54 sites, I would say 9 were taken. The weather was great, the water was great and the place was very dog friendly. It was more remote than I expected and not much for hiking. Great for relaxing at the lake.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Spent July 19 - 23, 2006 up at the lake. The water is nice and clear and warm. One day it was 84 degrees. From Wednesday to Friday there weren't a lot of people out on the lake which made it possible to ski/knee & wakeboard at just about anytime of the day. Come Saturday, the water was only good in the early morning before everyone got up. The heat was definitely on, somewhere in the 100s. And there was no relief at night...not that I am complaining...I loved it! Spent each afternoon back at Split Rock where you can still jump off. The volleyball is up and rocking. Definitely bring lots of sunblock and water up. The nights were perfect for stargazing and dips in the lake. Quite a few yellowjackets and other stinging/biting fellows so bring your repellent. The county road is in good condition. Can't wait to get back up there for Labor Day weekend!

Filed By: E. Canet (Mill Valley, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Having grown up at Pillsbury Lake for the last 45 years ....need I say more. Haven't been up to the "Lake" for several years but - the road was the usual (OK) and was very relaxing - can't believe the prices now and we always lugged our dogs, etc. - hope services have drastically improved for the new pricing - it's still a WONDER AT NIGHT - GAZING AT THE STARS - miss the goodies of Rice Fork Lodge/Boyd's etc. gone, gone, gone ... hopefully it will remain a special place for all to enjoy. The Spring was always a great place for water (watch out for SNAKES) - fising wise - try the Spring/Red Beach area about 6-6:45 PM - cruise across to the Dam - swing into mouth of Rice Fork - two coves - and back to Rocky Point. In the afternoon used to be a great location around the corner from Boy Scout camp - heading towards Hull. Not too much around Poggy Point but swing up towards resort (early on) just before curising to Dam area. We caught some real biggies ... 32-35++ - not sure now - but used Yellow Flatfish/Andy Rekers/and silver/brass spoon - about 35/40' - happy fishing. Lots of ski boats but ... very courteous - get rid of jet skis........

Filed By: Philip Carr (Bellflower, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: In 1953, on a tip from a friend, we traveled from Los Angeles to Lake Pillsbury where we were promised some great fishing. After going over one of the worst dirt roads ever, we found Lake Pillsbury Resort and the promised fishing. Hot summer days, cool nights and a beautiful lake made for an environment that kept us comming back year after year. Not much has changed over the 50+ years. A place to take the family; away from the rat race and just relax.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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Filed By: LB
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: On privous post that is relieved not to have a cougar in our campsite this year!

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More Information

Contact Information:
Upper Lake Ranger District, 10025 Elk Mountain Rd , Upper Lake, CA, 95485, Phone: 707-275-2361, TTY: 707-275-9524

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.
Upper Lake Ranger District - Upper Lake Ranger District is located in the southeastern region of the Mendocino Forest. There are 9 developed campground, 1 group site, 2 designated picnic areas, and 5 promoted hiking trails. There are several undeveloped campgrounds and other activities to enjoy.

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