The diverse geography of the Mendocino offers numerous recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, hunting, nature study, photography, and off-highway vehicle travel.
Camping opportunities on the Forest range from developed campgrounds with some facilities, to dispersed campsites to backcountry camping.
The Mendocino National Forest supports an extensive resident trout fishery as well as salmon and warm-water fisheries. Rainbow trout are found in over 300 miles of streams and 2,000 acres of lakes and ponds.
The varied terrain of the Mendocino offers endless opportunities for mountain bikers. Wilderness areas are one of the few places on the Forest where bicycles are not permitted.
The Mendocino National Forest offers one of the finest opportunities for OHV recreationists in Northern California. Designated routes and facilities exist for the enjoyment of the OHV recreationist. Basic OHV rules and regulations are posted at most staging areas and campgrounds where OHV use is allowed. Free OHV maps are available covering the Grindstone and Upper Lake Districts.