- Eel River Recreation Area provide fishing along the Eel River and the several lake it includes. Camping is offered at Hammerhorn Campground by Hammerhorn Lake and Little Doe Campground by Howard Lake, which is stocked with rainbow trout.
Visitors with trailers can find accommodations at the privately operated Eel River Trailer Park.
There are several hiking trails in this area and the trailhead for the Traveler's Home National Recreation Trail starts just north of the Eel River Work Center.
Recreation - Eel River Recreation Area provides opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities.
Climate - The climate on the Mendocino is greatly influenced by elevation. As throughout California, most of the precipitation comes between November and April. This comes in the form of rain at the lower elevations and some wet, heavy snow in the higher elevations. April through October are normally dry, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.
The Eel River Recreation Area is located along the Middle Fork of the Eel river and its tributaries, approximately 10 miles east of Covelo in the Covelo Ranger District. The area ranges from Little Doe Campground by Howard Lake to Hammerhorn Campground by Hammerhorn Lake.