BLM to begin improvement project at Mattole Campground


Bureau of Land Management

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ARCATA, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management will begin a project to expand and improve the Mattole Campground near the community of Petrolia at the north end of the King Range National Conservation Area on Mon., July 10. Work is expected to continue into early August.

landscape showing sky and location where the Mattole River meets the Pacific Ocean

While the campground and Lost Coast Trailhead will remain open, some individual campsites will be closed for public safety while heavy equipment is operating nearby.

The project will expand the campground from 14 to 23 campsites. All campsites will be improved with new picnic tables, campfire rings, trash cans, and tent pad areas. A new informational kiosk will be installed along with improved signs.

The California State Coastal Conservancy has contributed funds toward the project.

Visitors who prefer a developed campground away from ongoing work can use the Nadelos, Wailaki or Tolkan campgrounds in the south end of the NCA. The fee at all King Range developed campgrounds is $8 per night.

The King Range NCA includes more than 48,000 acres of designated Wilderness, more than 80 miles of hiking trails, a mountain biking trail network, developed campgrounds and interpretive facilities. Permits available at are required for overnight use, such as backpacking in the King Range Wilderness.

Established by Congress in 1970, the King Range was the nation’s first National Conservation Area. It is part of the BLM’s system of National Conservation Lands. Information, including a trip planning guide and safety guidelines, is available here:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.