There are seven campgrounds in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Groups must camp in one of two group campgrounds (Lost Creek or Juniper Lake). Reservations for the group campgrounds are required and must be made in advance. Please contact: 530-595-4444 for information on group camping. All other park campgrounds operate on a first come, first served basis; no reservations.
|Campground||Open||Close||Sites||Toilets||Firepits & Tables||Water||Fees||Notes|
|Butte Lake||May||Sep||42||Pit||Yes||Yes||$10.00||Note: drinking water will not be available until mid-August. 6100' in elevation. Located 6 miles south on dirt road via Highway 44 East, and 17 miles from Old Station. Accomodates trailers to 35'.|
|Crags||Jun||Sep||45||Pit||Yes||Yes||$8.00||Elev 5700 ft, located 5.0 mi from Manzanita Lake, accommodates trailers to 35 ft|
|Juniper Lake||Jun||Oct||18||Pit||Yes||Purify or bring your own||$10.00||Elev 6792 ft, located on east shore of Juniper Lake via rough dirt road leading 13.0 mi No. of Chester. Trailers not recommended|
|Juniper Lake Group Site||Jun||Sep||2||Pit||Yes||Purify or bring your own||$30.00||There are two sites which can accomodate groups of 10-15 people each. Parking is available for no more than 3 vehicles. Tents only are allowed. By Reservation only 530-595-4444 ext. 5184|
|Juniper Lake Stock Correl||Jun||Sep||1||Pit||Yes||For Stock only||$6.00||Cost is $4 per animal. By Reservation only 530-595-4444 ext. 5184|
|Reservations for the group campgrounds are required and must be made in advance. Please contact 530-595-4444 ext 5184 for information on group camping.|
|Manzanita Lake||May||Sep||179||Flush||Yes||Yes||$14.00||Elev 5890 ft, located adjacent to and so. of Manzanita Lake, showers, dump station, motorless boats, trailers to 35 ft|
|Southwest||May||Sep||21||Flush||Yes||Yes||$12.00||Elev 6700 ft, walk-in campsites, located east side of Lassen Chalet parking area, near Southwest Entrance Station|
|Summit Lake North||Jun||Sep||46||Flush||Yes||$14.00||Elev 6695 ft, located 12.0 mi from Manzanita Lake, 17.5 mi from Southwest Entrance Station|
|Summit Lake South||Jun||Sep||48||Flush||Yes||$12.00||Elev 6695 ft, located 12.0 mi from Manzanita Lake, 17.5 mi from Southwest Entrance Station|
|Summit Lake Stock Correl||Jun||Sep||1||$6.00||Stock parties must camp at the corral campsite. Water is available for stock only. Cost is $4 per animal, and $6 per campsite per night.By Reservation only 530-595-4444 ext. 5184|
|Warner Valley||Jun||Oct||18||Pit||Yes||Yes||$12.00||Elev 5650 ft, located 1.0 mi west of Warner Ranger Station, via dirt road 17.0 mi out of Chester. Trailers not recommended|
Additional Camping Information
Call Park Headquarters for actually dates the campgrounds open and close.
All campsites are first-come, first-served, there are no reservations.
Stays are limited to 14 days per year with Lost Creek and Summit Lake limited to 7 days.
Check-out time is noon.
Camp only in developed and designated campgrounds; roadside camping is not permitted.
Park only on designated parking pads. Two vehicles are allowed per site.
Quiet hours are observed from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
Use of chainsaws is prohibited
. Open fires are prohibited except in government provided fire rings.
Lassen has black bears; store all food and garbage properly.
Lassen Chalet is open with food services And gift shop in the summer. RV's may park overnight in the Chalet's parking lot for $6.00 per night. Register at the Southwest campground.
Pets must be leashed or restrained at all time.
They are permitted on established roadways, in campgrounds, picnic areas, and in other developed areas.
They are not permitted on trails, in the backcountry, or in any body of water.
Pets may not be left unattended.
Please clean up after your pet and take responsibility for their behavior.
Store it Properly
Black bears have a keen sense of smell and are attracted to human food and cosmetic odors. They can damage property in their search for what smells edible to them.
Once bears eat human food, they continue to seek it. A fed bear is a dead bear!
Never leave food unattended, even for a few minutes.
Dispose of all garbage properly.
Store all food and related supplies in bear-proof food storage lockers when provided. This includes grocery bags and scented items (soap, toothpaste, sunscreen, and hairspray). Secure water bottles, soda, juice cans, pet food, and cooking utensils, and cleaning materials. Also store ice chests and coolers, as bears recognize them. Minimize smells by storing items as air-tight as possible.
When bear-proof storage lockers are not available, store these items odor free and out of sight in the vehicle, preferably in a trunk. Minimize odors and close all windows.
Improper storage of food and related supplies, and garbage, may result in a citation or confiscation of the items.
If a bear approaches, try to scare it away by standing up, waving your arms, and making loud noises. Use caution around bears and remember they are wild animals. If you feel endangered, walk away and do not run. Report all bear sightings to the rangers.
Food storage regulations and precautions may decrease the chance of personal injury, property damage, or the death of a bear. Bear damage and encounters are still possible.
Backcountry Camping & Hiking
Lassen Volcanic National Park contains 150 miles of hiking trails, including 17 miles of Pacific Crest Trails. Trails vary in length and difficulty, winding through coniferous forest, alpine tundra and along water ways. Please leave no trace behind.
Bumpass Hell & trail
Butte Lake (except southeast end)
Cold Boiling Lake
Hat Creek Cabin area
Hot Springs Creek (Devil's Kitchen to s. boundary)
Kings Creek Falls
Lassen Peak (summit & trail)
Little Hot Springs Valley
Manzanita Creek (bellow bridges to section 29)
Mt. Harkness (summit)
Also upper Hat Creek Drainage, including Paradise Meadows and Terrace, Shadow, Cliff and Hat Lakes. A complete listing of rules and regulations is available at issuing stations.
Camp at least 300 ft from other camping groups.
Do not camp in meadows, or on fragile vegetation.
Camp at least 100 ft from high water marks of lakes, springs, and streams.
Do not construct "improvements" such as wind breaks, log bridges, etc.
Camp at least 1.0 mi. From developed areas, campgrounds or park roads.
Fires are Prohibited, use a portable camp stove.
Food, Clothing and Water
Bring extra food, clothing and water in case of an emergency or sudden weather changes.
Hang food and garbage out of animals' reach for your safety and their health. Lassen Volcanic National Park has bears.
Purify park water before drinking by boiling or using 2-micron filters to avoid giardia.
Up to 20 people may hike together.
Groups are limited to 10 people per campsite.
Wilderness permits are required for backcountry camping.
There is no self registration.
Permits are available in advance by mail by calling Park Headquarters at 530-595-4444; allow at least two weeks.
Permits are also available in person at the Loomis Museum, Park Headquarters, Southwest Information Station, Southwest Entrance Station, and Manzanita Lake Entrance Station (when Loomis Museum is closed) and through the Forest Station at the Hat Creek Information Center and Almanor Ranger District office. Call 530-595-4444 for operating hours of issuing stations.
Permits are limited to a maximum of 10 people per group.
Camping is limited to 14 days per year
Permits are required for day use.
No overnight stays in the backcountry.
Corrals are available by reservation at Summit and Juniper Lakes; call 916-595-444
The Six Principles of Leave No Trace
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
Carefully designing your trip to match your expectations and outdoor skill level is the first step in being prepared. Adequate trip planning and preparation helps to accomplish trip goals safely, while minimizing impacts on the environment and on other users.
Know the area and what to expect, including regulations and special concerns of the area.
Travel in small groups, during seasons or days of a week when use levels are low.
Bears may be present; balance safety concerns in bear country with ecological and social impact concerns.
Select appropriate equipment to help you Leave No Trace.
Repackage food into reusable containers, creating less trash to pack out.
2. Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces
Whenever you travel and camp, confine your use to surfaces that are resistant to impact.
In popular areas, concentrate use. In remote areas, spread use.
Hike on existing trails to minimize disturbance to wildlife, soil and vegetation.
Choose an established campsite, one with a slight slope so rain water can drain.
Store food so that it is unavailable and uninviting to bears and small animals.
Before departing, make sure your camp is as clean or cleaner than when you arrived.
3. Pack it In, Pack it Out
The Wilderness Act states that wilderness "... is recognized as an area... where man himself is a visitor who does not remain,...with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable..." People come to the wildlands to enjoy them in their natural state. Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts antlers, and other objects as you find them.
Minimize site alteration when camping, do not build structures.
Avoid damaging live trees and plants.
Avoid disturbing wildlife.
Leave natural objects and cultural artifacts for others to enjoy.
It is illegal to remove any cultural objects. All "pieces of the past" contribute to our understanding of human and natural history, including the effects of disease, climate changes, and shifting animal populations on the land and her people. Removing these artifacts takes them out of context and removes a chapter from an important story. If you discover an artifact, enjoy it where it is. Leave it as you found it.
Cultural artifacts are protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. All these "pieces of the past" contribute to our understanding of human and natural history, including the effects of disease, climate changes, and shifting animal populations on the land and her people. Removing these artifacts takes them out of context and removes a chapter from an important story. If you discover an artifact, enjoy it where it is. Leave it as you found it.
6. Fires are Prohibited, use a portable camp stove.
These principles and practices depend more on attitude and awareness than on rules and regulations; they must be based on a respect for and appreciation of wild places and their inhabitants.
Motorized boats are prohibited on all park waters.
Coast Guard approved flotation devices must be on board for all occupants and worn by children under 12.
Lake Helen and Emerald, Reflection and Boiling Springs Lake are closed to boating.
Boats may not be left on Manzanita or other lake shores overnight.
At Manzanita Lake, boats may only be put in and taken out at the designated launch sites.
Bicycles are permitted on park roads and in campgrounds but prohibited on all park trails.
A helmet must be worn by cyclers under age 18.
Skating, skateboarding, and roller-blading are not permitted.
Park fishing regulations conform with California State regulations.
A California State fishing license is required for those over 16.
Emerald Lake, Manzanita Creek and the part of Manzanita Lake within 150 ft of the inlet are closed to fishing.
Special regulations for Manzanita Lake:
Catch and release only; only artificial lures and single barbless hooks can be used.
Catch and Release Methods
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