Best Camping near Lassen Volcanic National Park

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On the eastern side of Northern California, between Redding and Susanville, CA, you’ll find Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen doesn’t always get the love it deserves in a state filled with national and state parks. On the plus side, you won’t have to contend with the crowds you would when camping at Yosemite or Sequoia National Parks.

There are several campgrounds in Lassen, with only one (Southwest Campground) open all year. There are no hookups in the park, but Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, and Summit Lake Campgrounds can best accommodate RVs with a dump station at Manzanita. Due to fires, some Juniper Lake, Warner Valley, and Southwest campsites have amended opening dates. If you can’t get a spot in the park, the best camping near Lassen Volcanic National Park is in the surrounding Lassen National Forest.

Best Camping Sites Near Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA (198)

    Camper-submitted photo from Manzanita Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manzanita Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manzanita Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manzanita Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manzanita Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manzanita Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park

    1.

    Manzanita Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park

    36 Reviews
    182 Photos
    337 Saves
    Mineral, California

    Overview

    Situated near the northwest entrance to the park, the rustic Manzanita Lake Camping Cabins offer convenience and comfort in the scenic setting of Lassen Volcanic National Park. These 20 cabins are the first new accommodations in Lassen Volcanic National Park since 1972, and are available in three models: 2 Room, 1 Room, and Bunkhouse. They are within walking distance of Manzanita Lake, a popular catch & release fishing and family destination, and offer a view of 10,457-foot Lassen Peak, the largest volcano in the park.The cabins are located one mile south of the park entrance, perched at an elevation of 5,890 feet and adjacent to a 179-site campground. The Loomis Museum, Loomis Ranger Station and popular hiking trails are nearby. Educational programs are presented at the museum and amphitheater within the campground.______ Groceries, supplies, gifts, gasoline, laundromat and hot showers are located at the nearby Manzanita Lake Camper Store. Our cafe features a variety of delicious and healthy items including salads, fresh fruits, hot or cold sandwiches, espresso drinks and soft-serve ice cream. Kayak and paddle board rentals are also available on a first come, first serve basis at the Camper Store.__ A map of our cabins can be viewed under additional information or on our website, www.lassenlodging.com.\_\_ Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ManzanitaLake.

    Recreation

    Manzanita Lake is popular with fly fishermen for its trout; however, the area does maintain a catch-and-release policy and requires the use of artificial lures and single barb-less hooks only. Non-motorized boating is permitted and kayak rentals are nearby.The park boasts more than 150 miles of hiking trails, a variety of which can be accessed from the campground, including family-friendly hikes as well as those for more experienced hikers. Manzanita Lake is also a favorite spot for birders.

    Facilities

    Manzanita Lake is popular with fly fishermen for its trout; however, the area does maintain a catch-and-release policy and requires the use of artificial lures and single barb-less hooks only. Non-motorized boating is permitted and kayak rentals are nearby.The park boasts more than 150 miles of hiking trails, a variety of which can be accessed from the campground, including family-friendly hikes as well as those for more experienced hikers. Manzanita Lake is also a favorite spot for birders.

    Natural Features

    Lassen Volcanic National Park is known for its volcanic history, as well as its diversity of plants and animals. It contains 300 active volcanic domes and many hydrothermal features, such as mud pots and steam vents. Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascades and the second most recent volcano to erupt in the lower-48 of the United States before Mount St. Helens.Lassen Volcanic National Park boasts over 700 species of flowering plants and 250 native species including birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. The park is at the junction of the Cascade Range, the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Great Basin, thus providing many unique habitats. The Manzanita Lake Camping Cabins lie within a ponderosa pine forest.__

    Nearby Attractions

    The Loomis Museum is at the north end of the park and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is at the south end of the park. Both offer information, photos and videos of some of the most popular hikes in the park, along with a movie about the history of Lassen Peak eruptions. When visiting the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the south entrance of the park, please visit us at Lassen Cafe & Gift. If interested in booking a stay with us at Drakesbad Guest Ranch, please visit www.lassenlodging.com.

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    $149 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park

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    Butte Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park

    14 Reviews
    44 Photos
    40 Saves
    Old Station, California

    Overview

    Butte Lake Stock Corral (elevation 6,100 ft.) is located in the northeastern section of Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California. It is fairly remote and within walking distance of Butte Lake, which is popular for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. Several trails are located nearby. The facility is 45 minutes from the main park road.

    Recreation

    Outdoor enthusiasts stay at Butte Lake Stock Corral for its many recreation opportunities. The lake is popular for trout fishing, as well as non-motorized boating. Trailheads within the facility include the hike to Snag Lake, trails leading to the interior of the park, and the Cluster Lakes loop. Longer trails nearby will take you to Juniper Lake and Summit Lake. The Pacific Crest Trail can also be accessed from Butte Lake and runs through the park.

    Facilities

    Outdoor enthusiasts stay at Butte Lake Stock Corral for its many recreation opportunities. The lake is popular for trout fishing, as well as non-motorized boating. Trailheads within the facility include the hike to Snag Lake, trails leading to the interior of the park, and the Cluster Lakes loop. Longer trails nearby will take you to Juniper Lake and Summit Lake. The Pacific Crest Trail can also be accessed from Butte Lake and runs through the park.

    Natural Features

    The area is dominated by Ponderosa pines and surrounded by soft volcanic soils. Extending into Butte Lake is a large black lava flow, creating rocky shores and interesting views for visitors in kayaks and canoes to explore. Trails suitable for horses are easily accessed from the corral and numerous forest roads just outside the park boundary. The national park is known for its volcanic history, as well as its diversity of plants and animals. It contains 300 active volcanic domes and many hydrothermal features, such as mud pots and steam vents. Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascades, and the second most recent volcano to erupt in the lower 48 of the United States before Mount Saint Helens. Lassen Volcanic National Park boasts over 700 species of flowering plants and 250 species of vertebrates, including birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. The park is at the junction of the Cascade Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin, thus providing many unique habitats.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Caribou Wilderness area is managed by the Forest Service has numerous trails that are suitable for stock use and can be accessed directly from the park via the Widow Lake trail.

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    • Equestrian
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    $37 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campground

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    McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campground

    42 Reviews
    121 Photos
    451 Saves
    Cassel, California

    Pioneer Camp

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $143 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA

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    Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA

    11 Reviews
    49 Photos
    54 Saves
    Shingletown, California

    Welcome to Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA, a gem of a campground nestled near Shingletown, CA. This place is a haven for campers looking for a mix of comfort and nature. The campground is open from April 15 to October 31, making it a perfect seasonal retreat.

    One of the standout features here is the cleanliness. Visitors consistently rave about the spotless restrooms and showers. The staff is another highlight, known for their friendliness and helpfulness. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a first-timer, you'll feel right at home.

    The campground offers a variety of amenities to make your stay enjoyable. There are electric and sewer hookups for RVs, drinking water, and even a market for those last-minute supplies. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. For those who enjoy a good campfire, fires are allowed, and firewood is available on-site.

    If you're traveling with kids, they'll love the playground and the swimming pool. There's also a basketball and volleyball court, and even a tree swing for some old-fashioned fun. The campground is shaded by tall pines, providing a cool and relaxing atmosphere.

    Located conveniently close to Lassen Volcanic National Park, this KOA serves as a great base for exploring the park's natural wonders. If Lassen is closed or you're looking for other activities, McArthur Burney Falls and Subway Cave are worth the drive.

    In summary, Mt. Lassen-Shingletown KOA offers a clean, friendly, and well-equipped camping experience. Whether you're here for the proximity to Lassen Volcanic National Park or just to relax in a beautiful wooded area, this campground has something for everyone.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Butte Creek Campground

    5.

    Butte Creek Campground

    10 Reviews
    22 Photos
    186 Saves
    Old Station, California

    Butte Creek Campground, nestled in Lassen National Forest near Susanville, CA, offers a no-frills camping experience perfect for those who appreciate simplicity and nature. This spot is a favorite for folks looking to explore the nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The campground is free to use and provides basic amenities like picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets.

    The sites are spacious and spread out, giving you a bit of privacy and a serene atmosphere. Some campers have mentioned that the area has seen some fire damage, but recovery efforts are ongoing, and the natural beauty is still very much present. The creek running through the campground adds a nice touch, and you might even spot some deer wandering through your site.

    While there are no water hookups or showers, the campground does allow pets and campfires, making it a great spot for a rustic getaway. Just be prepared to bring your own water and pack out your trash, as there are no trash services available.

    If you're up for a bit of adventure, the gravel road leading to the campground is well-maintained, and the nearby Butte Lake and Cinder Cone hike are worth checking out. The area is remote, so don't expect cell service, but that's part of the charm. It's a peaceful retreat where you can truly disconnect and enjoy the great outdoors.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake North — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake North — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake North — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake North — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake North — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake North — Lassen Volcanic National Park

    6.

    Summit Lake North — Lassen Volcanic National Park

    7 Reviews
    48 Photos
    72 Saves
    Mineral, California

    Overview

    Summit Lake North Campground (elevation 6,700 ft.) is conveniently located on the main road of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The campground is within walking distance of the small but scenic Summit Lake and eight miles from the 10,457-ft. Lassen Peak, the largest volcano in the park.. Hikers will find one of the park's major trails only 1/4-mile away from the campground and many more within a close proximity. Summit Lake North is on the opposite side of the lake from Summit Lake South Campground.

    Recreation

    The campground is a hub for hiking and backpacking enthusiasts. Campers can access many of the park's 150 miles of hiking trails from the Summit Lake area. The Cluster Lakes loop trail--a major trailhead into the park's interior that bypasses several alpine lakes and is popular among birders--is located a short walk from the Summit Lake Ranger Station. This is the closest campground to the Lassen Peak Trail and within 10 miles of the hydrothermal area Bumpass Hell. Educational programs are presented at an amphitheater within the facility.

    Facilities

    The campground is a hub for hiking and backpacking enthusiasts. Campers can access many of the park's 150 miles of hiking trails from the Summit Lake area. The Cluster Lakes loop trail--a major trailhead into the park's interior that bypasses several alpine lakes and is popular among birders--is located a short walk from the Summit Lake Ranger Station. This is the closest campground to the Lassen Peak Trail and within 10 miles of the hydrothermal area Bumpass Hell. Educational programs are presented at an amphitheater within the facility.

    Natural Features

    The national park is known for its volcanic history, as well as its diversity of plants and animals. It contains 300 active volcanic domes and many hydrothermal features, such as mud pots and steam vents. Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascades, and the second most recent volcano to erupt in the lower 48 of the United States before Mount Saint Helens. Lassen National Park boasts over 700 species of flowering plants and 250 native species including birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. The park is at the junction of the Cascade Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin, providing many unique habitats.

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    • Tents
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $15 - $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake South — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake South — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake South — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake South — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake South — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Summit Lake South — Lassen Volcanic National Park

    7.

    Summit Lake South — Lassen Volcanic National Park

    7 Reviews
    27 Photos
    117 Saves
    Mineral, California

    Overview

    Summit Lake South Campground (elevation 6,700 ft.) is conveniently located on the main road of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The campground is within walking distance of the small but scenic Summit Lake and eight miles from the 10,457-ft. Lassen Peak, the largest volcano in the park. Hikers will find one of the park's major trails only 1/4-mile away from the campground and many more within a close proximity. Summit Lake South is on the opposite side of the lake from Summit Lake North Campground.

    Recreation

    The campground is a hub for hiking and backpacking trails within the park. Campers can access many of the park's 150 miles of hiking trails from the Summit Lake area. The Cluster Lakes loop trail--a major trailhead into the park's interior that bypasses several alpine lakes and is popular among birders--is located a short walk away at the Summit Lake Ranger Station. This is the closest campground to the Lassen Peak Trail and within 10 miles of the hydrothermal area, Bumpass Hell. Educational programs are presented at an amphitheater within the facility.

    Facilities

    The campground is a hub for hiking and backpacking trails within the park. Campers can access many of the park's 150 miles of hiking trails from the Summit Lake area. The Cluster Lakes loop trail--a major trailhead into the park's interior that bypasses several alpine lakes and is popular among birders--is located a short walk away at the Summit Lake Ranger Station. This is the closest campground to the Lassen Peak Trail and within 10 miles of the hydrothermal area, Bumpass Hell. Educational programs are presented at an amphitheater within the facility.

    Natural Features

    The national park is known for its volcanic history, as well as its diversity of plants and animals. It contains 300 active volcanic domes and many hydrothermal features, such as mud pots and steam vents. Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascades, and the second-most recent volcano to erupt in the lower 48 of the United States before Mount Saint Helens. Lassen National Park boasts over 700 species of flowering plants and 250 native species including birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. The park is at the junction of the Cascade Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin, thus providing many unique habitats.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $15 - $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Hat Creek Resort & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hat Creek Resort & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hat Creek Resort & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hat Creek Resort & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hat Creek Resort & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hat Creek Resort & RV Park

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    Hat Creek Resort & RV Park

    6 Reviews
    22 Photos
    57 Saves
    Old Station, California

    RV Sites, Tent Camping, Cabins, Yurts and Motel Rooms

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Southwest Walk-in Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Southwest Walk-in Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Southwest Walk-in Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Southwest Walk-in Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Southwest Walk-in Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Southwest Walk-in Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park

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    Southwest Walk-in Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park

    5 Reviews
    33 Photos
    56 Saves
    Mineral, California

    The Southwest Walk-in Campground is located on the east side of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. A short walk along a paved walkway provides easy access to each site. When snow is on the ground (approximately Nov-May), the location of the Southwest Campground changes to an over-the-snow area south of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. Winter camping registration is located at the fee booth located south of the parking area.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Creek Campground

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    Battle Creek Campground

    6 Reviews
    24 Photos
    47 Saves
    Mineral, California

    Battle Creek Campground is a developed campground with 50 designated sites and a maximum of 8 people per site. Grills and tables are provided. Battle Creek Campground is close to Lassen Volcanic National Park which offers many diverse hiking trails and other outdoor amenities. Battle Creek Campground is located on Highway 36 approximately 2 miles west of Mineral, CA, and 38 miles east of Red Bluff, CA.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Lassen Volcanic National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a wide range of camping options, with 198 campgrounds and RV parks near Lassen Volcanic National Park and 23 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Lassen Volcanic National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Lassen Volcanic National Park is Manzanita Lake Campground — Lassen Volcanic National Park with a 4.4-star rating from 36 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Lassen Volcanic National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 23 free dispersed camping spots near Lassen Volcanic National Park.

What parks are near Lassen Volcanic National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 16 parks near Lassen Volcanic National Park that allow camping, notably Lassen National Forest and Shasta-Trinity National Forest.