Pomo Day-Use Area is situated on Lake Mendocino in Californias Mendocino Range, where the redwood forests meet California wine country. The lake is formed by the Coyote Dam on the Russian River. A wide variety of recreational opportunities are available, including boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Natural Features: Lake Mendocino lies in the scenic rolling hills of Coyote Valley. Groves of oak mixed with manzanita and pines forest the area, offering limited shade but excellent bird and wildlife habitats. Recreation: The 1,822-acre lake provides abundant boating, swimming and water skiing opportunities. Anglers will find sunfish, smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, white and channel catfish, bluegill and perch. Several miles of trails wind around Lake Mendocino, including the 3-mile Shakota Trail, which begins at the Pomo Cultural Center and offers beautiful views of the lake. Facilities: Pomo Day Use Area is located near Kyen Campground and offers three group picnic shelters that each accommodate up to 50 people. Picnic shelters, tables and grills are provided, as are flush toilets and drinking water. Pomo Site A is open year round, but during winter months it is available on a first come, first served basis only. Pomo Sites B and C and the Pomo Cultural Center are only open during the recreation season. The Pomo Cultural Center is within the day-use area. It is operated by the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The center is modeled after a traditional Pomo roundhouse and offers displays about Pomo hunting, dancing and basketry, as well as local fish, wildlife and plants. Nearby Attractions: The charming city of Ukiah, less than 15 minutes away, offers a variety of shopping and dining opportunities, museums and golf courses. The Ukiah Farmers Market runs Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, offering fresh produce, local wines, arts and crafts and live music.
I had the best time wakeboarding, swimming, kayaking, cliff jumping, hiking and more at this lake. There are trails that circle the entire lake, not that exciting of a view, but it's great exercise. The day use areas are great for boating, windsurfing, or just cooling off in the water. I have great memories of late night swims in the lake when the water gets warm late in the summer!