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Benbow Lake State Recreation Area

1600 Highway 101

To provide power for the new development in the valley , a concrete dam was constructed across the south fork of the Eel River in 1928. 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 was purchased in 1958. 

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.


Mr T

Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
Pretty nice place to hang out with family and friends for a barbecue or birthday party. Fun event every year at the Summer Arts Faire. Wish there was still a lake, good childhood memories of swimming, boating, paddleboating around the lake.

Nara Srini

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Friendly staff, an quaint historic inn, located in gorgeous natural surroundings.

PJ Kennedy

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Was there for the Summer Art and Music Festival. Excellent event, well produced, and the site was beautiful and perfectly maintained.

Jesús Manuel Mena Garza

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Good luck getting a reservation. It would be easier getting a room at the White House. Futile!

Marie Eberardt

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
Really nice place. We will be back.

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