Benbow State Recreation Area Maps

Garberville, CA

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Benbow State Recreation Area Description

To provide power for the new development in the valley , a concrete dam was constructed across the south fork of the Eel River from 1931-1937. The dam not only provided power but also created Benbow Lake. The Benbow family, interested in preserving the natural scene around the Hotel and along the river, made efforts to place the land under State protection. In 1956 funds were approved for the Benbow Project and it was purchased in 1958, creating Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. Today the park consists of campsites and a large day-use picnic area. Hiking, picnicking and camping are popular

: 40.068, -123.790
: 1,142 acres (4.62 km²)
Official Link
: Benbow State Recreation Area