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Forest Supervisor's Office Mendocino National Forest 825 N. Humboldt Ave. Willows, CA 95988
Upper Lake Ranger District Middle Creek Road Box 96 Upper Lake, CA 95485 707/275-2361
Stonyford Ranger District Box 160 Stonyford, CA 95979 916/963-3128
Covelo Ranger District 78150 Covelo Road Covelo, CA 95428 916/983-6118
Corning Ranger District 22000 Corning Road Box 1019 Corning, CA 96021 916/824-5196 24-Hour Information: 916/934-2350
Location: Lake Pillsbury is located in the Upper Lake District of the Mendocino National Forest, three hours northeast of San Fransisco. Ukiah, about an hour to the west, is the largest nearby town.
Getting There: From San Francisco, take U.S. Hwy. 101 North from San Francisco to Ukiah. Turn at State Hwy. 20 and follow the signs to Potter Valley and Lake Pillsbury.
Seasonal Information: Approximate high-low temperatures:
Spring Low Elevation - 40 to 68 degrees High Elevation - 25 to 53 degrees Intermittent rain with thundershowers in late spring.
Summer Low Elevation - 57 to 94 degrees High Elevation - 42 to 79 degrees Thunder showers at high elevations.
Fall Low Elevation - 42 to 76 degrees High Elevation - 27 to 61 degrees Intermittent rain.
Winter Low Elevation - 32 to 62 degrees High Elevation - 17 to 47 degrees Rain at low elevations; snow at high elevations.
In summer, temperatures are in the 60s at night and the high 80s and low 90s in the day. In winter, campgrounds are not open and the access road may be closed. Winter temperatures can range from -20 to 40 degrees F.
Wildlife: Keep an eye peeled and you'll see bald eagle at Lake Pillsbury. Flocks of bandtailed pigeons vacation at Thomas Creek in the fall, and golden eagles soar above Black Butte and Anthony Peak. Common mammals are deer, quail, foxes, squirrels, chipmunks, and wild pigs.
There have been reports of black bear problems in some campgrounds, especially the Lake Pillsbury area in Upper Lake District and Hammerhorn Lake area in Covelo District.
Hunting is allowed during the authorized hunting season. Insects: Contact park office for information.
Plant Life: Contact park office for information.
Facilities: Camping is restricted to existing sites in the National Forest. Most campgrounds are free of charge. A few charge from $3 to $20 per night, with the average being $7. There is a group campground with handicap sites available by reservation. No water hookups, electrical hookups or sewage disposal sites are available for trailers. Parking: Parking information is available from the ranger stations.
Permits: A permit is required for fires outside the provided campground rings, so call or write one of the contact addresses.
Leave No Trace: All LNT guidelines apply.
Maps: Detailed ATV and singletrack trail maps are available.
Other Trip Options: Snow Mountain Wilderness and Yolla-Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness offer a secluded alpine hiking experience within the borders of Mendocino.