North Cow Mountain Recreation Area

North Cow Mountain Camping

Lakeport, CA 95453

39.1517276, -123.0748047
In Ukiah, take State Highway 101 south to the Talmage exit. Go east on Talmage Road about 1.5 miles. Turn right at East Side Road. Travel less than 0.5 mile to Mill Creek Road, which is on the left. Continue on Mill Creek Road 3 miles to turnoff for the North Cow Mountain Area.

North Cow Mountain Recreation Area

Fire Restrictions

Ukiah Field Office - Beginning Friday, May 21, 2021, fire restrictions are in effect and the Shooting Range is temporarily closedFire Prevention Order For specific questions, please contact the Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000


The North Cow Mountain Recreation Area is located within the Mayacamas Mountains, east of the city of Ukiah and west of the city of Lakeport, in Northwestern California. The recreation management area consists of approximately 26,000 acres of public land that is managed for non-motorized use. The recreation area boosts almost 30 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

No off-highway vehicle (OHV) use is permitted on North Cow Mountain.

Emergency Information:
In case of an emergency call 9-1-1
Mendocino County Sheriff (707) 463-4411
Lake County Sheriff (707) 272-4200


Mayacamas Campground
Vault toilet
Trash receptacles
Six sites with picnic tables and barbeques

Goat Rock Campground
Two sites with picnic tables and barbeques
Can only access campground by hiking or on horseback


Camping is allowed throughout the recreation area, however all vehicles must remain on designated routes and trails. The campgrounds afford level parking, barbeques, fire pits and picnic tables. Camping near springs or guzzlers isn't permitted to protect the water source and to allow access to wildlife. To insure you do not displace wildlife, camp at least 300 yards from any water source.

No potable water is available within the recreation area.


Campfires are allowed within North Cow Mountain provided you have a current campfire permit. Seasonal fire restrictions may prohibit campfires during periods of high fire danger. To check on fire restrictions or to obtain a campfire permit, call BLM Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000.


Some sections of the trail pass through private lands. Please obey signs and stay on the trails. Please respect the rights of private land owners and signs posted in these areas.


Hunting is a popular sport throughout North Cow Mountain Recreation Area. Please share the area and watch for other recreation users when hunting in the area.

Target shooting is only permitted at the Shooting Range on North Cow Mountain Recreation Area.


Visitors are responsible for knowing area rules and regulations. The regulations are enforceable under U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and violations are punishable with fines up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for not longer than 12 months.

You must carry out all litter, including expended cartridges, shot shells and targets.

Target shooting is only permitted at the Shooting Range.


North Cow Mountain Camping