Lassen Volcanic National Park Attractions and Activities
It is no wonder that so many visitors choose Manzanita Lake Campground. The scenery is spectacular and the lake is a wonderful place to relax.
Relax along the shores of beautiful Manzanita Lake. Try fishing and non-motorized boating.
Make the exhilarating 5-mile hike to the summit of Lassen Peak.
Take advantage of in 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.
Drive around 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).
Make the Auto Tour of the park, stopping at sites such as Sulfur Works, Bumpass Hell Overlook, Devastated Area, and Chaos Crags.
Drop in to the Loomis Museum, which features historic photos of Lassen's last eruption.
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center has great exhibits about the park's volcanic activity. The Visitor Center includes a nice gift shop and a cafe.
Key Manzanita Lake Campground Regulations
Campfires are only allowed in provided fire rings.
Collect only dead and down wood as firewood.
Secure all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
Generators may only be operated from 8 AM to 10 AM, Noon to 2 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.
Manzanita Lake Campground is one of the most popular camping destinations in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Campsites are within walking distance of Manzanita Lake. Visitors enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Kayak, canoe, paddle board, and cataraft rentals are available.
Manzanita Lake Campground's 179 campsites can accommodate tents, RVs, and trailers. Half of the campsites may be reserved ahead of time, the other half are available for first-come, first served. Manzanita Lake also has a Group Campground. Read vehicle limitations on the reservation site carefully before making a reservation.
Visit Manzanita Lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Tour the Loomis Museum. Take advantage of the Manzanita Lake Camper Store.
Prime reservations can fill quickly during the busy summer season, but with half the spaces open for first-come, first served, many campers prefer to take their chances and usually find a site at Manzanita Lake.
To improve your chances of obtaining a reservation, be poised online, already on the Reservations.gov site (linked above) at precisely 7:00 AM. Begin filling in the form before 7:00 AM. If you have 6 or fewer in your party, leave the Occupants space blank. You may only make 2 reservations per call or online visit. For more reservations, call or link again.
Phone reservations: (877) 444-6777, or (877) 833-6777 for TDD, or (518) 885-3639 from outside the US & Canada.
Regarding First Come, First Served Campsite in Summer
Previous campers suggest arriving by 8 AM or earlier in order to get a favored campsite at Manzanita Lake Campground during peak times.
Manzanita Lake Group Campground
Manzanita Lake Group Campground has 5 sites located at the west end of Loop B for groups from 10 to 25 people. The group sites have picnic tables, campfire rings, and food storage lockers along with flush toilets, showers, and tap water. Four vehicles may be parked at each campsite. Pets are allowed. A camp host in on site.
From the July 4 weekend through Labor Day weekend the campsites are turned over as first-come, first-served family sites and are not available to groups. As a result, the group sites are most often used by school groups during the shoulder seasons (Late-May through late-June, early-September to mid-October). Reservations may be made up to 12 months in advance.
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.
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.