Juniper Lake Campground

Lassen Volcanic National Park


Juniper Lake and Lassen Peak


campsite at Juniper Lake

Juniper Lake Campground

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Attractions and Activities

Those who choose Juniper Lake Campground enjoy a beautiful forest camping area with wonderful views, good fishing, and quiet sunsets. Back in the main area of the park are many attractions to visit:

  • 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.
  • Head out to Butte Lake and 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.
  • 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 Juniper Lake Campground Regulations

  1. Gather only dead and down wood as firewood.
  2. Build campfires only in provided fire rings.
  3. Store all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
  4. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM.

Nearby Campgrounds

Juniper Lake Campground

Juniper Lake Campground is a wonderful little camping spot tucked away at scenic Juniper Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Campsites are on the southeast shore of the lake. Visitors enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, and swimming.

Some of the 18 campsites at Juniper Lake Campground are right along the shore with beautiful views of the lake and Lassen Peak. The tents-only campground is first-come, first served. There is no potable water.

The road to Juniper Lake Campground begins in Chester by Lake Almanor. The first half of the road is paved, while the last 7 miles are well-graded gravel. At times the gravel portion is rather narrow, unsuitable for large vehicles. The final half mile down to the campground is steep and narrow, not recommended for trailers, buses, or RVs. Juniper Lake has 2 lake-side group campsites. The horse camp with corrals and water troughs is up near the main access road, avoiding the steepest and narrowest sections of the tent campground road.

Juniper Lake Campground Basics
Juniper Lake Campground Location: Juniper Lake, 14 miles from Chester in Lassen NP
Elevation: 6,792 feet
Nearby Cities: 14 miles from Chester
84 miles from Red Bluff
Number of Sites: 18
Open - Closed: late June until mid-October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children), max. 3 tents
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Office: (530)595-6121

Reservations
No Reservations First come, first served
Campsites: Tent only
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $12
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, Noon

Juniper Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring, no potable water
Campground: pit toilets
Showers and Laundry: No
Dump station: in Chester at Lake Almanor
Campground Map: Juniper Lake Campground Map (PDF download)
Attractions near Juniper Lake Campground: Enjoy Juniper Lake. Take the Mt. Harkness Lookout trail.

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.

group campsite at Juniper Lake

Juniper Lake Group Campsite

Juniper Lake Group Campground

Juniper Lake Group Campground has 2 tent-only sites located at the northwest end of the main campground. Each site can accommodate between 10 and 15 people. These sites must be reserved ahead of time. Each group site has 3 picnic tables, 3 fire grates, and 3 food storage lockers. Six vehicles may be parked at each campsite. Pets are allowed.

Reservations: Juniper Lake Group Camp
Fee: $30

Other Lassen Group Camps

Juniper Lake Stock Corral

Juniper Lake Stock Corral has one site on the east shore of Juniper Lake. The last 6 miles of the road are rough and may be difficult for horse trailers. It is open from late June through mid-September. The site is available for a maximum of 8 animals, 10 people, and 6 wheeled-vehicles.

The camping area has a food locker and vault toilets, but no potable water. 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: Juniper Lake Stock Corral

Reservations: Juniper Lake Stock Corral
Fee: $28

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