Garberville, California is located on the Eel River in northern California. That river once fed into Benbow Lake through a dam which was finished in 1937. This was a nice amenity of Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. However, the dam has since been removed in 2008 due to issues with maintaining it properly.
Benbow Lake has since dried up, and this state park has been renamed Benbow State Recreation Area. The park itself is still a very nice place for tourists and locals who frequent it. This park is also a dog-friendly place to be. Benbow State Recreation Area has roughly 1,200 acres of campsites, picnic areas, trails, trees and things to explore.
In the summer of 2018, it was partly open while improvements were being made to the park. However, campsites were limited. While Benbow State is not a dog park, dogs are allowed on-leash everywhere in the park. This park is rich in history and nature. It has beautiful mature trees peppered around the grounds, scenic views, and small forest animals.
It’s the perfect place to get in a good walk with your pup. Keep in mind dogs are not allowed off-leash at Benbow; however, if you are camping, your dog is allowed to camp with you. Also, it is important to clean up after yourself and your pooch when visiting Benbow State Recreation. The park wants to remain enjoyable for all of its guests.
There are water fountains and restrooms in the park for convenience. However, you may want to pack some doggie bags when you visit. While it is sad to see the dam go, the state has been working hard to preserve the park and the campgrounds at Benbow State Recreation Area. It’s an enjoyable place to be whether you are going for a family picnic or a fun-filled day with your pup.