Summit Lake Campgrounds

Lassen Volcanic National Park


Manzanita Lake and Lassen Peak


Summit Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park

South Shore of Summit Lake

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Attractions and Activities

  • 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
  • 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

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Store all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 7 AM to 9 AM, Noon to 2 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.

Summit Lake Campgrounds

Summit Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park has two campgrounds - North (Loops A and B) and South (Loops C, D, and E). Campers at any of the sites have only a short walk to Summit Lake. Sites tend to be close together.

Many of the campsites may be reserved ahead of time, while those on Loops A and E are available for first-come, first served. Loop E is a tent-only campground area. Summit Lake also has a Stock Corral. Read vehicle limitations on the reservation site carefully before making a reservation.

Campground Basics
Location: Summit Lake, Lassen NP
Elevation: 6,695 feet
Nearby Cities: 109 miles east of Red Bluff
Number of Sites: 94 sites between North and South campgrounds
Open - Closed: late June through September, North campground closes mid-September
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
Reservations Available: for Loops B, C, and only, Loops A and E are first come, first served
Reservation Window: available 4 days to 6 mos. in advance
North Campground Max. RV/Trailer Length: 35 feet and 35 feet
South Campground Max. RV/Trailer Length: No RVs or trailers, but small tent trailers allowed
Tent-only Sites: Loop E (no generators)
Wheelchair accessible sites: A-1
Fees: North $18, South $16 and $10 after September 15
Summit Lake North Reservations: Summit Lake North Campground
Summit Lake South Reservations: Summit Lake South Campground
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, Noon

Summit Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring, tap water (until September 15)
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets in north, vault toilets in south
Showers and Laundry: Available at Manzanita Lake
Dump station: Manzanita Lake
Campground Map: Summit Lake Campground Map (PDF download)
Nearby attractions: Summit Lake, hiking trails, non-motorized boating, swimming

Reservations Tips

Prime reservations can fill quickly during the busy summer season, but with many the spaces open for first-come, first served, some campers prefer to take their chances and usually find a site at Summit Lake. Campsite size varies - many crowded close together - so for the best choice, arrive early.

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.

Summit Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park

North Shore of Summit Lake

Summit Lake Stock Corral

Summit Lake Stock Corral has one site across the road from the North Summit Lake Campground. 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. Water for stock is available at the corral, but potable drinking water must be obtained at the main campground. 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: Summit Lake Stock Corral

Reservations: Summit Lake Stock Corral
Fee: $35

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