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About Navy Camp - Lake Pillsbury

Located next to Gravelly Valley Airstrip

National Forest
Drive In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Navy Camp - Lake Pillsbury is located in California
39.442 N
-122.957 W
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6 miles north of Ukiah on US 101, 5 miles east on California Highway 20, 26 miles northwest on County Road 240 (Potter Valley-Lake Pillsbury Road). Also, accessible through Upper Lake traveling 31 miles north on County Road 301 (Forest Road M-1). Lat - 39° 26' 32.946", Long - 122° 57' 24.6312"
1 Review of Navy Camp - Lake Pillsbury
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Quiet campground best in early summer

Navy Camp is a small, quiet campground on the far side of the lake from the dam. When the water is high (early summer), this camp is our favorite on the lake. Later in the season, it can be very dry and you may be the only camper there, even on a weekend. (This can be good but the forest critters are more bold in trying to steal your food!).

Spots on the first part of the loop have sunset views, but are less protected from the wind. The second half of the loop have sunrise views.

When the lake is high enough, we stay here so we can anchor our boat for the duration of our trip near our campsite. There are two boat launches on the lake: one by Fuller Grove Camp, one near Sunset camp. The one at Fuller has a small boat dock. Near Sunset there is no dock, less parking, but easier turn around access. We also bring our inflatable canoe and leave that on shore when not using. A lot of people bring kayaks too-just watch the wind coming up in the afternoon or it’ll be a long, hard paddle back to camp!

Soda Creek Store is about a 10 minute drive. They have ice, wood, bait, beer, sodas, snacks, and a few other things like tp, diapers, etc if you forgot these. But you can never count on anything…they’ve got what they’ve got and that’s it. They always have a cooler full of ice cream treats, though!

Summertime days are often very hot (100+) but you can also experience windy, cooler days and thunderstorms.

Go here if you like to camp with few amenities and limited supplies nearby and want to be left alone! Ive been going here 20+ years. It’s my happy place. Don’t ruin it.