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    Lassen Volcanic

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Lassen Volcanic National Park to Open Four Campgrounds for the Memorial Day Weekend

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Date: May 24, 2012
Contact: Darlene Koontz, 530-595-6102

Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz announced today that four of the eight campgrounds in Lassen Volcanic National Park will be open to campers this coming holiday weekend. "We are happy to have Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, Crags, and Southwest campgrounds available for this coming weekend," stated Mrs. Koontz.

The main road through the park will open all the way on Friday, June 1. On the south side of the park, the main road is drivable to Bumpass Hell parking area, located seven miles past the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. On the north side of the park, vehicles can drive 10 miles to the Devastated Area. Visitors are welcome to hike and bike on the pavement beyond both vehicle closure points. It is important to stay clear of snow clearing equipment operations and not to assume equipment operators can see visitors enter an area where they are working.

Manzanita Lake and Southwest campgrounds are currently the only campgrounds with potable water. Visitors interested in staying at Crags or Butte Lake campgrounds will need to bring drinking water for their stay.

The Butte Lake and Warner Valley roads are open and road opening work has begun on the Juniper Lake road. Remember, even when park roads are open, many high-elevations trails still have snow. "Summer season is here and it's time to begin the journey to Reach Your Peak Experience!" exclaimed Superintendent Koontz. To track road opening activities or receive updates view current conditions on the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo/current conditions follow @LassenNPS, on Facebook or Twitter, or contact park staff at (530) 595-4480.     

Did You Know?

john muir posing on rock in black and white photo

John Muir visited Lassen Volcanic National Park and wrote about his experience in the book Mountains of California. "Miles of its flanks are reeking and bubbling with hot springs, many of them so boisterous and sulphurous they seem ever ready to become spouting geysers..."