Butte Lake Campground

Lassen Volcanic National Park


Manzanita Lake and Lassen Peak


Lassen Peak

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Attractions and Activities

Campers at Butte Lake Campground experience another side of park from many visitors.

  • Walk the 1.6-mile Cinder Cone Interpretive Trail or hike to the summit of Prospect Peak (3.1 miles one-way).
  • Take Auto Tour of the park, stopping at sites such as Sulfur Works, Bumpass Hell Overlook, Devastated Area, and Chaos Crags.
  • Hike 5 miles up to the summit of Lassen Peak.
  • Enjoy Ranger-led Programs, including nature walks, campfire programs, Starry Night ranger-led programs, astronomy programs, Lassen Dark Sky Festival, August 11-13, 2017, and snowshoe hikes.
  • Tour Loomis Museum, which features historic photos of Lassen's last eruption.
  • Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center has exhibits about the park's volcanic activity. The Visitor Center includes a cafe and a gift shop.

Key Butte Lake Campground Regulations

  1. Store all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 8 AM to 10 AM, Noon to 2 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.
  3. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  4. Gather only dead and down wood as firewood.

Butte Lake Campground

Butte Lake Campground is one of the favorites in Lassen National Park. Campsites are within walking distance of Butte Lake. Visitors enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. The campground accommodates tents, RVs, and trailers. Loop D is for tents only.

Half of the campsites at Butte Lake Campground may be reserved ahead of time, the other half are available for first-come, first served. Butte Lake Campground also has a Group Campground and a Stock Corral Campsite. Read vehicle limitations on the reservation site carefully before making a reservation.

Butte Lake is in the northeastern corner of Lassen Park. To reach the rest of the park, visitors must circle back via Highways 44 and 89 - 35 miles to Manzanita Lake and 60 miles to Lassen Peak.

Butte Lake Campground Basics
Butte Lake Campground Location: 6 mi. south of Hwy. 44, Lassen NP
Elevation: 6,100 feet
Nearby Cities: 83 miles east of Redding
Number of Sites: 101
Open - Closed: Early June through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children), max. 3 tents
Vehicles per Site: 2 (including RV)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Office: (530) 595-6121

Reservations at Butte Lake Campground
Reservations available: for Loop B & Group Sites
Reservation Window: available 4 days to 6 mos. in advance
Max. RV/Trailer Length: 35 feet and 35 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: A-6
Fees: $20, $15 after September 12
Reservations: Butte Lake Campground
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, Noon

Butte Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring, tap water (until Sept. 12)
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets (vault toilets after Sept. 12), amphitheater
Showers and Laundry: No
Dump station: No
Campground Map: Butte Lake Campground Map
Attractions near Butte Lake Campground: Enjoy beautiful Butte Lake. Take advantage of the boat launch for non-motorized boats. Hike the trail to Cinder Cone and to Bathtub Lake.

General Camping Information for
Lassen Volcanic National Park

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate For visitors who are temporarily disabled or do not have their permanent accessible parking placard with them, pick up a temporary placard at the entrance station or a visitor center.

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Butte Lake Stock Corral

Butte Lake Stock Corral is a single site located east of the main campground. It is open from early June through mid-September. The site is available for a maximum of 8 animals, 10 people, and 6 wheeled-vehicles.

The camping area has tap water, a food locker, and vault toilets. The site includes two metal panel corrals. Stock parties must camp at the corral site. Pets are permitted.
Check Lassen Park's website for further details: Butte Lake Stock Corral

Reservations: Butte Lake Stock Corral Reservations
Fee: $35

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