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Camping at Upper Loop sites 48-75

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Benbow State Recreation Area Camping Information

Benbow State Recreation Area, located in California, offers camping experiences along the scenic South Fork Eel River which is popular for recreational activities like fishing, swimming, and picnic spots. The campgrounds including Upper Loop sites 48-75 provide a range of amenities and options for campers. Here's what you need to know about these sites:

Site Specifics: Upper Loop Sites 48-75

  • These sites typically offer a mix of amenities including picnic tables, fire pits, and nearby restrooms.
  • Upper Loop sites may offer more privacy and quieter environments as they are set back from the main areas.
  • Campsites in this area might be situated with slight elevation changes giving a different perspective on the park's landscape.

General Amenities:

  • Potable water is generally available in the recreation area.
  • Modern restroom facilities are often located in the proximity of these campsites, including flush toilets.
  • Depending on the park's policy and the site specifics, showers may or may not be available, so it's advisable to check in advance.

Campfires and Cooking:

  • Fire regulations can be strict especially during fire season. Check current fire rules before starting any campfire.
  • Use only designated fire rings or pits, and never leave fires unattended.
  • Collecting wood from the park is usually prohibited; plan to bring your own firewood or purchase it from the campground if available.

Occupancy and Fees:

  • Campsites are often suitable for families and small groups, but always check the specific allowable number of people per site.
  • The fee for the campsites varies based on the facilities and season. Discounts may be available for seniors or those with a valid disability pass.

Reservations and Length of Stay:

  • Reservations are strongly recommended, especially during peak seasons.
  • There may be a maximum stay limit, such as 14 consecutive days in any 30-day period, though this can vary.

Check-in and Check-out Times:

  • There are specific check-in times which campers must adhere to. Early check-ins may not be permitted.
  • Check-out times must be observed to allow maintenance staff to prepare the site for the next campers.


  • Upper Loop sites may have vehicle access with parking space, but always confirm if your site accommodates your particular type of vehicle or RV.
  • Accessibility for those with disabilities can vary, so it's best to check with the park if you have special requirements.

Wildlife and Safety:

  • Safety guidelines regarding local wildlife should be followed, such as securing food in bear-proof containers where required.
  • Always keep a clean campsite and dispose of garbage in designated receptacles to avoid attracting animals.

Local Attractions and Activities:

  • Close proximity to the river offers opportunities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
  • Hiking trails and sightseeing spots are often nearby.
  • Local towns or visitor centers may offer additional recreational opportunities.

Environmental Care:

  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.
  • Stay on marked trails and respect all plant and animal life.
  • Be mindful of campground rules to protect the landscape and wildlife.


  • If pets are allowed, they usually must be kept on leashes no longer than 6 feet.
  • Always clean up after your pets.

Checking Campground Status and Alerts:

  • Given changing weather conditions and other factors, it's important to stay informed about the status of the park and campground.
  • Before heading out, check the official Benbow State Recreation Area website or contact the park directly for the latest information on campsite availability, conditions, and alerts.

Note: Information can change, and exceptions might exist, so it is always critical to check the California State Parks official website or call park authorities directly for the most current and specific information related to Upper Loop sites 48-75 at Benbow State Recreation Area.

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