Camp Date: June 16-17, 2012
Campsite(s): Site 15 Chekaka
Where’s it at? Lake Mendocino, Ukiah in Northern California


Took my annual camping trip with a couple of good friends in June this year and visited Chekaka Campground in Ukiah, California. It’s proximity is pretty good for the group that were to meet for this trip. We had about 4 or 5 of the campsites reserved. Booked site 15 on the southern outskirts of the campground.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a picky camper and was spoiled to camp in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe most of my growing up. It set an expectation of pine forests, pristine alpine or subalpine lakes, and spacious, classier company. I am sure that Lake Mendocino was picked primarily for it’s location. It’s a fine campground. Pit toilets, lots of running water spigots, a nice ranger, reasonable rates, and it’s in a nice area. But it’s not THAT scenic at all. We had a view of a chain link fence behind our tent, and a large drainage ditch ran right through the center of the campsite. Not a big deal but I’d prefer a more natural feel.

The lake is nice. It’s a good size for water sports. I rode my first SeaDoo on this trip, which was awesome…going up to about 50 mph with my girlfriend on the back was great! It was also a nice place to swim, and swim we did. It was HOT while we were there, I think it hit 104 degrees fahrenheit that weekend, probably the hottest this whole summer.

I think my favorite part of camping here was the nice walkway along the lake on the east side. We took a walk on it at night and the stars were plenty and the warm evening weather was perfect.

This is a great choice if you are looking more for a gathering of people and water fun but maybe not so much if you’re a picky camper like I am! Of course, how can you not have fun camping, no matter where you’re at?

Below are the few pictures i have without my friends who probably don’t want to be posted on my blog! Apologies for not taking more.

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Written on June 16th, 2012 in Camping, The Whole Thing
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