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Benbow State Recreation Area

Phone Number

(707) 247-3318

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 30 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 30 Feet

Park Hours

Day-Use open year round

Driving Directions to Benbow SRA

2 miles south of Garberville on Highway 101.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Service Reductions

The Day Use area is open year round.

Benbow State Recreation Area will not be available for reservations for 2018.  However, Sites 2-47 AND the hike-and-bike site are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning May 25 and ending September 2.


To provide power for the new development in the valley , a concrete dam was constructed across the south fork of the Eel River from 1931-1937. The dam not only provided power but also created Benbow Lake.

The Benbow family, interested in preserving the natural scene around the Hotel and along the river, made efforts to place the land under State protection. In 1956 funds were approved for the Benbow Project and it was purchased in 1958, creating Benbow Lake State Recreation Area.

Today the park consists of campsites and a large day-use picnic area. Hiking, picnicking and camping are popular summer time activities, while salmon and steelhead fishing are popular in the winter.

Please note that the Dam will no longer be installed and there is no longer a lake at Benbow State Recreation Area. For more information please click on Lake and Dam FAQs link.

Location - Directions

2 miles south of Garberville on Highway 101.

Large vehicles and RV's should enter the park from South Benbow Drive.  North Benbow drive has a one lane road, on a hill that is difficult to navigate for large vehicles and RV's

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Available Activities and Facilities at Benbow State Recreation Area

BOATING
Boating
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Beach Area
Swimming
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available