Benbow Lake Sra Campground

Benbow Lake Sra Campground
Season for Peak Fees: 05/15 to 09/15

A popular destination, Benbow Lake SRA was first established in 1958.Prior to that, the area was used by settlers, ranchers and loggers until1922 when the Benbow family purchased much of the land in the valleySome of the land was subdivided and sold for home sites. The BenbowHotel, as it was originally named, was build in 1925 and opened forbusiness in 1926.

To provide power for the new development in the valley , a concrete damwas constructed across the south fork of the Eel River in 1928. Thedam not only provided power but also created Benbow Lake.

The Benbow family, interested in preserving the natural scene aroundthe Hotel and along the river, made efforts to place the land under Stateprotection. In 1956 funds were approved for the Benbow Project and thefirst 207 acres were purchased in 1958.

Today the park consists of about 1,200 acres with 75 campsites and alarge day-use picnic area. The campground is open year round andreservations can be made from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Dayweekend. Hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping are popularsummer time activities, while salmon and steelhead fishing are popularin the winter.

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Within Facility
  • Boating
  • Comfort Station
  • Disabled Access Site
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking Trail
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Swimming


Benbow Lake SRA
1600 US HIGHWAY 101, #8
Garberville CA 95542

Park is 2 miles south of Garberville on Hwy 101.

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