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Introduction to Pomo Day Use Area

The Pomo Day Use Area is a section within the Mendocino Lake State Recreation Area, located in Mendocino County, California. It offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors including picnicking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. Named after the Pomo Native Americans who are indigenous to the region, the area provides a scenic setting to enjoy the natural beauty of Mendocino Lake.


Picnicking: The day-use area provides picnic tables and BBQ grills, making it an ideal spot for a family outing or a relaxed lunch in the great outdoors.

Fishing: Mendocino Lake is a popular location for fishing, and Pomo Day Use Area provides access to the lake's rich fishery, which includes species such as largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill.

Boating: Non-motorized boating is allowed on Mendocino Lake, and kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are commonly seen on the water. The day-use area may offer launch points for these watercrafts.

Wildlife Viewing: The surrounding habitat is home to various species of birds, mammals, and plants, providing opportunities for bird watching and nature photography.


Restrooms: Restrooms are generally available for visitor convenience.

Parking: There is typically a parking area for vehicles, but parking fees may apply.

Accessibility: Efforts are usually made to ensure that the day-use area is accessible to visitors with disabilities, but it's a good idea to check in advance for specific accommodations.


Day Use Only: As a day-use area, overnight camping might not be permitted, and visitors are usually required to leave the area at dusk.

Preservation: Visitors are expected to follow a "leave no trace" ethic, packing out all trash and respecting wildlife and plant life.

Fishing Regulations: Anglers should be aware of and follow California state fishing regulations, including having a valid fishing license.

Fees and Permits

Entrance Fees: There might be a day-use fee to enter Mendocino Lake State Recreation Area.

Fishing License: Those planning to fish are required to have a valid California fishing license if they are 16 years of age or older.

Safety Tips

Water Safety: Always exercise caution when near the water, especially if boating or fishing. Use life jackets and be aware of weather conditions.

Wildlife: Do not approach or feed wildlife. Keep a safe and respectful distance.

Fire Safety: If BBQ grills are provided, ensure that all fires are completely extinguished before leaving. Follow any fire restrictions, particularly during dry or windy conditions.

Planning Your Visit

Check Conditions: Before visiting Pomo Day Use Area, check the latest weather conditions and park alerts.

Operating Hours: Confirm the hours of operation, as they may change seasonally or due to special events.

Bring Essentials: Pack sunscreen, insect repellent, water, snacks, and if planning to use the BBQ facilities, bring appropriate cooking supplies and charcoal.

Local Information: Contact the management of Mendocino Lake State Recreation Area for the most current information on conditions, fees, and regulations. Their contact information can typically be found on the California Department of Parks and Recreation official website or through a local visitors center.

Given that rules, conditions, and fees can change, it is always best to verify the latest information directly with the park authorities before your trip.

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