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Bushay Recreation Area is a campground located within Mendocino Lake State Recreation Area in California, offering a range of amenities for campers and nature enthusiasts. If you're considering camping here, it's essential to be aware of important information that will help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Camping Reservations


  • Reservations are often required, especially during peak seasons. It's advised to book well in advance.
  • Sites can be reserved through the official reservation system for California state parks or through third-party booking sites if available.

Camping Fees


  • Camping fees vary depending on the type of campsite you select (standard, RV, group site, etc.).
  • Additional fees may apply for extra vehicles or amenities.

Campsite Information

Site Information:

  • Campsites usually include a table, fire ring, and a food storage locker.
  • Different site types have varying accommodation capacities, so ensure your site meets the size requirements for your group.
  • RV sites may offer hookups, but it's important to check the specific amenities available for each site.

Amenities and Facilities


  • Restrooms and showers are typically available for campers.
  • Drinking water is provided, but it's wise to bring extra water, especially during hotter months.
  • Some areas may offer a general store, but supplies might be limited.



  • Fishing, boating, and swimming can be enjoyed in Mendocino Lake.
  • Hiking trails are accessible for those who want to explore the surrounding natural beauty.
  • Wildlife viewing and birdwatching are popular among nature enthusiasts.

Fire Safety and Wildlife Precautions

Safety Precautions:

  • Fire regulations must be followed, including restrictions during fire season.
  • Ensure food is stored properly to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Familiarize yourself with the area's wildlife and know what to do in an encounter.

Seasonal Information


  • Be aware of the open seasons for Bushay Recreation Area as it may be closed during certain times of the year.
  • Weather conditions can vary, and it's essential to prepare for both warm and cold temperatures, depending on the season.

Rules and Regulations


  • Quiet hours are typically enforced to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Pets may be allowed, but it's crucial to check the campground's pet policy and keep them on a leash.

Access and Emergency Information


  • Check if the campground offers accessible facilities for people with disabilities.
  • Plan for limited cell phone reception and inform someone about your travel plans.

Emergency Preparedness:

  • Be aware of the nearest medical facilities in case of an emergency.
  • Have a first aid kit and know basic first aid procedures.

Contact and Additional Resources

Contact Information:

  • For current conditions and specific questions, contact the park office or local ranger station directly.
  • Visit the official website or relevant state park pages for the most up-to-date information.

Please note that details such as fees, reservation processes, and amenities can change over time, so it's crucial to seek the latest information before planning your trip.

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