Best Campgrounds in Lassen Volcanic

Lassen's eight campgrounds draw a broad range of campers, from large groups singing around a mesmerizing fire to solitary hikers seeking a quiet place under the stars. You can drive a vehicle to all campgrounds except the Southwest Walk-In. This is the only campground open year-round; the others usually open in June and close in early fall. Campfires are restricted to fire rings. Lassen has black bears, so be sure to secure your food and garbage properly by using the bear boxes provided at the park's campsites. For more camping information, go to For reservations, visit

Juniper Lake. On the east shore of the park's largest lake, these campsites are close to the water in a wooded area. To reach them, you have to take a rough gravel road that leads 13 miles north of Chester and enters at the park's southeast corner; trailers are not advised. There is no potable water here. Chester Juniper Lake Rd., about 13 miles north of Hwy. 36. No reservations.

Manzanita Lake. The largest of Lassen campgrounds accommodates RVs up to 35 feet and has 20 rustic cabins. Many ranger programs begin here, and a trail nearby leads to the crater that holds Crags Lake. Off Lassen Park Hwy., 2 miles east of junction of Hwys. 44 and 89 530/595–6121 or 877/444–6777.

Southwest Walk-In. Relatively small and Lassen's only campground open year-round, Southwest lies within a red fir forest and has views of Brokeoff Peak. Snow camping is allowed, but from October to June no drinking water is available. Near southwest entrance, beside Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. No reservations.

Summit Lake North. This completely forested campground has easy access to backcountry trails. You'll likely observe deer grazing. Lassen Park Hwy., 12 miles south of Manzanita Lake and 17½ miles north of southwest entrance. 530/595–6121 or 877/444–6777.

Summit Lake South. Less crowded than its neighbor to the north, this campground has wet meadows where wildflowers grow in the spring. No potable water is available after mid-September. Lassen Park Hwy., 12 miles south of Manzanita Lake and 17½ miles north of southwest entrance 530/595–6121 or 877/444–6777.

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