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Butte Lake Group Site

View of Cinder Cone and Lassen Peak from Butte Lake
Butte Lake affords excellent views of Cinder Cone and Lassen Peak
NPS Photo / Greg Brahms

Butte Lake Campground is located six miles south of highway 44 at the end of the Butte Lake road. This remote campground offers few amenities, but numerous recreation opportunities. Enjoy a hike up Cinder Cone, a dip in Bathtub Lake or a paddle along Butte Lake's lava rock shores. Group campsites are located in the north end of loop B.


Butte Lake


6100 feet


6/6/14 - 9/16/14, weather permitting


Reservation required for group sites



Number of sites


Maximum RV length

45 feet

Maximum trailer length

45 feet



Flush toilets, vault toilets


Potable water available

Food storage

Metal food locker (more about food storage)

Dump station



Closest amenities at Old Station / Hat Creek


Permitted (more about pet regulations)

Ranger-led programs

Scheduled programs are offered at Manzanita Lake




Hiking, backpacking, stock use, swimming, non-motorized boating, night-sky viewing

Group site capacity is limited to a minimum of 10, and a maximum of 25 people, and up to six licensed vehicles or one bus/RV.

All vehicles including motorhomes and trailers must park on the pad or pull-through provided.

Reservations are available online at www.recreation.gov or by phone 1-877-444-6777. Reservations may be made a maximum of up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.

Download the Butte Lake Campground handout (197 kb, doc)

Map of Butte Lake Campground
Group campsites are highlighted in yellow

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

On the evening of May 14, 1915, incandescant blocks of lava could be seen bouncing down the flanks of Lassen Peak from as far away as the town of Manton, 20 miles to the west.