Description - Terrain and vegetation around the lake is varied, ranging from conifers and dotted with meadows at lower levels, to chaparral-covered hills. Finally, at higher elevations three are forests of pine and fir. A lakeside resort provides food, lodging, camping, boat-launching facilities and several commercial services.
- Lake Pillsbury is the perhaps the most frequently visited site within the Mendocino National Forest, attracting boaters, hikers, campers and anglers to its beaches, campgrounds and nearby mountains.
Recreation - Lake Pillsbury offers all the activities that can be enjoyed on a lake. There is camping, picnicking, boating and fishing. There is also a commercial resort along the shore of the lake.
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.
Lake Pillsbury is located in the eastern central region of the Mendocino National Forest, more to the south. It approximately 8 miles northeast of Potter Valley.