North Battle Creek Campground

North Battle Creek Reservoir,
near Lassen National Forest

Manzanita Lake and Lassen Peak

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Attractions and Activities

  • Take an 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
  • Ranger-led Programs - nature walks, campfire programs, Starry Night ranger-led programs, astronomy programs, Lassen Dark Sky Festival Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, 2016, snowshoe hikes
  • Loomis Museum features historic photos of Lassen's last eruption
  • Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center has exhibits about the park's volcanic activity. Includes cafe and gift shop
  • Subway Cave, located just north of the park, is less than a half-mile long and explores the underground world of a lava tube. Bring a flashlight.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Off-road Vehicles may not be operated in the campground
  2. Firewood: Avoid spreading pests by purchasing firewood locally.

North Battle Creek Reservoir Campground

North Battle Creek Reservoir and campground 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 adjacent to the Lassen National Forest. Sites 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

Campground Basics
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 Available: Mid-May through early September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
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
Nearby attractions: North Battle Creek Reservoir for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming; drive to Lassen Volcanic National Park

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning February 2, 2016, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting March 7, 2016, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may 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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