Nearby Attractions

Lava Beds is surrounded by thousands of acres of public lands and is located near a great variety of other scenic, historic, and recreation destinations!

There's something to see or do all year, including:

  • local museums
  • hiking
  • camping
  • wildlife watching
  • historical sites
  • hunting
  • fishing
  • fairs
  • community events
  • canoeing and kayaking
  • skiing and snowmobiling
  • biking, and much more.
 
Medicine Lake beachfront with blue skys and clear water.

Medcine Lake at the Modoc National Forest, Siskiyou County, CA

Modoc National Forest

Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake is located on the Modoc National Forest 16 miles from the park road via route 49. Be aware of the dirt road, it is often not passable in the winter. The lake has picnic tables, campgrounds and bathrooms available. For more information about the Medicine Lake Campground.

 
Glass mountain

Ridge on Glass Mountain

Michael Yuen

Glass Mountain

Glass Mountain is the youngest eruption on the Medicine Lake volcano, located approximately 30 miles away from Lava Beds. It has a large concentration of obsidian and pumice providing a unique opportunity to see a large glass flow. Collecting of obsidian and other materials is not permitted.The trail is through rough terrain and can be difficult to follow at times. Learn more about Glass Mountain.

 
bird with blue and white markings floating on lake

Bird floating on Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge boarders the northern boundary of Lava Beds and is easily accessible from the main park road. The refuge is home to many birds and is a great place for bird watching as well as hunting. To learn more about Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
 
People of Japanese decent being moved from one area to another in the incarceration camp circa 1942.

People of Japanese decent being moved from one area to another in the incarceration camp, circa 1942.

Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument

Located 27 miles away from the Lava Beds Visitor Center, the Tule Lake Unit showcases the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp, a Prisoner of War camp and sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during WWII. The visitors center has a museum with artifacts from the time period and other information. Tours of the sites are available in the summer every Saturday, call 530-260-0537 to reserve your spot. To learn more about the Tule Lake Unit.



 

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