North Battle Creek Campground

North Battle Creek Reservoir,
near Lassen National Forest


Manzanita Lake and Lassen Peak


Lassen Volcanic National Park
Attractions and Activities

While those camped at North Battle Creek Reservoir Campground are miles from Lassen Volcanic National Park, they are close enough to drive to the park for the day and enjoy all of its attractions.

  • 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 North Battle Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Campfires are only allowed in provided fire rings.
  2. Collect only dead and down wood as firewood.

North Battle Creek Campground

North Battle Creek Campground and the adjacent reservoir are operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. For those seeking the solitude of a remote mountain lake, North Battle Creek Reservoir is worthy of consideration. The reservoir is next to the Lassen National Forest. Sites at North Battle Creek Campground can be reserved through PG&E's reservation system.

Non-motorized boats can be used on the half-mile long lake. A car-top boat launch site is available. Late in the summer water levels can drop, making early summer the best time to visit. Five walk-in tent sites are situated close to the water, while the other sites are in a nearby loop.

Directions: From Hwy. 44, about 3.5 miles east of Viola, turn north onto Forest Service Road 32N17, drive 5 miles. Turn left onto Road 32N31, go 4 miles, turn right onto Forest Service Road 32N18, proceed about 0.5 mile

North Battle Creek Campground Basics
North Battle Creek Campground Location: 10 miles off Hwy. 44, east of Viola
Elevation: 5,570 feet
Nearby Cities: Redding - 55 miles, 1:15
Number of Sites: 15
Open - Closed: Opens after snow melts, usually late April through early September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($5 for each additional vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended, $2 per night
Information: (530) 335-21991

Reservations at North Battle Creek Campground
Reservations Available: Mid-May through early September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
Camping Limit: 14 nights
Max. RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Reservations: North Battle Creek Campground
Fees: $18 per night
Pets - $2 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2 PM, 11:00 AM

North Battle Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, (no hook-ups)
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers and Laundry: No
Dump station: No
Campground Map: North Battle Creek Campground Map
Attractions near North Battle Creek Campground: Enjoy North Battle Creek Reservoir for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Drive to Lassen Volcanic National Park for all of its scenic attractions.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning February 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting March 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for partial weeks and weekends (2-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

All PG&E campgrounds, including those with reservations available, also have some first-come, first-serve sites.

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