The Benbow Lake Dam in recent history (1960bis today) is run by California State Parks. A few years ago (before the economic downturn), the local superintendent of State Parks made the decision not to install the dam that creates Benbow Lake. They used the excuse that the dam was on a seismic error and that it was too dangerous to introduce the dam. Today, the state insists it has no money. (although he discovered $54 million in a hidden state parks stash fund). Unfortunately, we think we will never see Benbow Lake again. We also receive requests for the status of Benbow Lake State Campground. This beautiful campsite has been closed for about three years and we could not find the condition of the campsite. Our company has made requests for the signing of a concession contract for the operation of the campsite, but without success. I am sorry to say that Benbow Lake is most likely something of the past and that the responsibility for the lake and the nearby campsite continues to fall directly on the shoulders of the State of California. Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to gain traction from our elected officials. Oddly enough, it`s like no one in the state, whether it`s elected officials or the administration really cares. Feel free to contact me by email on this site if you have any other questions.