Mendocino National Forest temporarily closes recreation sites, adds fire restrictions

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Due to unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, low humidity and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit, Mendocino National Forest developed campgrounds, picnic areas and day use areas are closed effective Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 per Regional Order 20-08 (recreation sites).

In addition, campfires and stoves are prohibited within the Mendocino National Forest per Regional Order 20-06 (fire restrictions).

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region issued these orders to provide for public safety and reduce the potential for human-caused fire starts.

Notifications to those who reserved recreation sites through will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

A full list of current closures follows.

Upper Lake Ranger District

Bear Creek Campground
Deer Valley Campground
Lower Nye Campground
Middle Creek Campground
Navy Camp Campground
Oak Flat Campground
Penny Pines Campground
Pine Mountain Lookout
Pogie Point Campground
Sunset Campground

Covelo Ranger District

Atchison Campground
Eel River Campground
Green Springs Campground
Grizzly Flat Dispersed Campground
Hammerhorn Campground
Howard Lake Campground
Howard Meadows Campground
Little Doe Campground

Grindstone Ranger District

Big Springs Picnic Area
Cedar Camp Campground
Davis Flat Campground
Dixie Glade Campground
Fouts Campground
Fuller Grove Campground
Fuller Grove Group Campground
Gray Pine Group Campground
Green Springs Campground
Kingsley Glade Campground
Letts Lake Campground
Little Stony Campground
Masterson Group Campground
Mill Creek Campground
Mill Valley Campground
North Fork Campground
Old Mill Campground
Camp Discovery Group Campground
Plaskett Meadows Campground
Plaskett Meadows Picnic
Rattlesnake Memorial
Red Bluff Recreation Area
Red Bluff Boat Launch
South Fork Campground
Sugar Spring Campground
Sugarfoot Glade Campground
Sycamore Grove Campground
Sycamore Grove Picnic
Three Prong Campground
Wells Cabin Campground
Whitlock Campground
Wolf Creek Visitor Station

Customers needing information, passes and maps are encouraged to call the Mendocino National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 530-934-3316 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visit the forest website at, and check for updates on Facebook or Twitter.