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

Visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park who camp at Summit Lake Campgrounds are near the center of the park. Drives north and south soon lead to many of the major attractions.

  • Stroll along the shores of beautiful Manzanita Lake. Try fishing and non-motorized boating.
  • Drop in to the Loomis Museum, which features historic photos of Lassen's last eruption.
  • Set out on the 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).
  • Take the Auto Tour of the park, stopping at sites such as Sulfur Works, Bumpass Hell Overlook, Devastated Area, and Chaos Crags.
  • 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 Summit Lake Campground Regulations

  1. Campfires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  2. Collect only dead and down wood as firewood.
  3. To avoid problems with bears, secure all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
  4. Generators may only be operated from 8 AM to 10 AM, Noon to 2 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.
  5. Quiet Hours extend from 10 PM to 6 AM.

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 either of the Summit Lake Campgrounds have only a short walk to Summit Lake. Sites tend to be close together.

Many of the campsites at the Summit Lake Campgrounds 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.

Summit Lake Campgrounds Basics
Summit Lake Campgrounds Location: Summit Lake on Highway 89, 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 at Summit Lake Campgrounds
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 $22, South $20
Summit Lake North Reservations: Summit Lake North Campground
Summit Lake South Reservations: Summit Lake South Campground
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, Noon

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Summit Lake Campgrounds 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 Campgrounds Map
Attractions near Summit Lake Campgrounds: Enjoy beautiful Summit Lake for non-motorized boating, fishing, and swimming. Set out on local hiking trails. Drive to near by Manzanita Lake.

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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