Benbow Lake State Recreation Area

North Coast & Redwoods

On the Eel River, 2 miles south of Garberville, the 26-acre Benbow Lake exists when a seasonal dam forms the lake during summer, but current budget cuts and environmental concerns have prevented this from happening in recent years.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby North Coast & Redwoods attractions

1. Richardson Grove State Park

3.17 MILES

Fifteen miles to the north of Leggett, and bisected by the Eel River, serene Richardson Grove occupies 2000 acres of virgin forest. Many trees are over…

2. Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

12.75 MILES

Lose yourself under giant redwoods. You will also find river swimming and fishing, as well as 9 miles of hiking trails in virgin and second-growth…

3. Shrine Drive Thru Tree

14.49 MILES

It's not the greatest of the drive thru tree options in these parts (more of a large slit in the tree), but if you want a snap to impress the folks back…

5. Humboldt Redwoods State Park

17.53 MILES

Along Hwy 101, 53,000-acre Humboldt Redwoods State Park protects some of the world's oldest redwoods and has three-quarters of the world's tallest 100…

6. Westport-Union Landing State Beach

25.5 MILES

Located 1.5 miles north of Westport, this ruggedly beautiful beach extends for three miles on coastal bluffs. A rough hiking trail leaves the primitive…