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Boggs Mountain State Forest
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Boggs Mountain State Forest © Gary OToole
Boggs Mountain State Forest Summer Sunset © Autumn Fuentes
Sun rays cut through the forest in late summer
Boggs Mountain State Forest Dogwood Blooms © Autumn Fuentes
Blooms cover a dogwood tree at Boggs State Forest
Boggs Mountain State Forest Fall Color © Autumn Fuentes
Vibrant fall color on a crisp day at Boggs State Forest
Boggs Mountain State Forest Snow Covered Trail © Autumn Fuentes
Footprints in the snow on a winter evening in Boggs
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Acquired this forest from a private landowner in 1949. At that time, most of the merchantable timber on the Forest had already been harvested. Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest is located in southern Lake County, seven miles northwest of Middletown and eight miles south of Clear Lake. It lies approximately 50 miles inland from the Pacific shoreline and 75 air miles north of San Francisco. The Forest consists of gently rolling terrain bordered by two mountain peaks, one at the north end and one at the south end. Geologically, Boggs Mountain is complex, with various types of volcanic rock exposed over much of its nearly 3,500 acres.

In September of 2015, the Valley Fire burned through 99 of the property killing roughly 80 of the mature trees and 95 of the understory regeneration. Reforestation efforts have consisted of forest-wide salvage logging operations to recover the value of the damaged timber. Though most of the trees were killed in the fire, the structural integrity of the wood remained, and the trees were cut and hauled to local sawmills to produce wood products. As part of the reforestation plan, 702,695 tree seedlings were planted across approximately 3,100 acres of the property. The planted species included Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Sugar Pine, Incense Cedar, and Giant Sequoia.

Vegetation at the lower elevations consists of chaparral with manzanita being most predominant. Upper elevations host a mixed conifer forest of mostly coast range Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and sugar pine. Hardwood species include canyon live oak, black oak, dogwood, and madrone.

Hunting is permitted under applicable State game laws and regulations. Pets are welcome but must be leashed and controlled.
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Backyard Garden Oasis BB - Middletown, CA
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Close to Calistoga, Napa Valley and Lake County Vineyards, and Harbin Hot Springs in the Mayacama Mountains, and 2 hrs away from San Francisco or Sacramento. Backyard Garden Oasis is an exquisite respite for those wanting a nature-filled retreat surrounded by some of Californias most beautiful country.
4.4 miles from park*
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Aurora Park Cottages - Calistoga, CA
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More than a BB - Aurora Park Cottages is your private vacation retreat at the top of Napa Valley. Located in a country setting in beautiful Calistoga - the spa capital of California. FREE CHAMPAGNE AND CHOCOLATES Please tell us you found us on and we'll have some chilled champagne and chocolates awaiting your arrival at Aurora Park Cottages.
18.6 miles from park*
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Boggs Mountain State Forest is located near Clearlake, Healdsburg and Kelseyville

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Edgewater Resort & RV Park
6420 Soda Bay Road
Kelseyville, CA

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