• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

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    Lassen National Park Highway is closed to through traffic. The highway is open to the the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (1 mile inside the southwest entrance) and the Devastated Area (10 miles inside the northwest entrance). Snow removal has begun. More »

Outdoor Activities

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers numerous activities to help you enjoy the outdoors. As you plan your trip to Lassen, keep in mind that activities are greatly dependent on the season. Select an outdoor activity below to learn more.

Auto-touring Field Seminars Snowshoeing
Backpacking Fishing Stargazing & Astronomy
Birdwatching Horseback Riding Stock Use
Boating Ranger-led Programs Swimming
Camping Skiing Wildlife Viewing
Day Hiking Snowplay



 
Lassen Peak reflecting in the calm blue waters of Lake Helen

Auto-Touring
Length: 29 miles
Time: 1 hour to drive, non-stop

The Main Park Road provides spectacular views of the Cascade and High Sierra Mountains. Running from the southeast to the northwest of the park, the road has direct access to high altitude mountain lakes, active hydrothermal areas, numerous hiking trails, and grand views of Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain, and the Devastated Area.

 
lassen's western tanager

Bird-Watching
Over 83 species of birds nest in the Park. Raptors and other birds-of-prey are frequently sighted soaring above the rocky peaks between Brokeoff Mountain and Lassen Peak. The Manzanita Lake loop trail hosts many migratory birds and summer residents and is a favorite spot among bird watchers. The Cluster Lakes loop starting at Summit Lake is another trail popular among bird watchers. Download the Lassen Bird Field Checklist.

 
canoes on Manzanita Lake

Boating and Kayaking
Whether kayaking or canoeing, exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Non-motorized boats must access Manzanita, Butte, and Juniper Lakes at their designated boat launch areas.

The following lakes are closed to all vessels.
  • Boiling Springs Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Lake Helen
  • Reflection Lake
  • Hat Lake

Kayak Rentals
Kayak rentals are available at the camper store at Manzanita Lake. Single and double kayaks are offered from 10am to 4pm daily on a first-come, first-served basis. The last rental is at 3pm each day. Rates begin at $15 for 1 hour and $25 for 2 hours.

 
family fishing from the shore

Fishing
Whether fishing from shore with the kids, or fly-fishing Manzanita Lake from a float-tube, Lassen Volcanic National Park has plenty of opportunities to land the big one. Trout have not been stocked in the park since the 1980s, but a healthy population of these fiesty fish still remain in many lakes and streams (though not in all of them). Manzanita Lake is famous for its large rainbow and brown trout, but keep in mind it is catch and release only and you must use single-hook, barbless, artificial lures only. Butte Lake and Horseshoe Lake both have healthy populations of trout. A valid California fishing license is required to fish in the park, and please keep the regulations below in mind before wetting your line in the park.

The following areas are closed to all fishing during the periods indicated:

  • Manzanita Creek above Manzanita Lake - closed all year
  • Manzanita Lake shore from the boat launch northwest to 150 feet west of the present inlet and 150 feet at the apex of a radius from the center of the inlet - closed all year
  • Butte Lake boat launch - closed all year
  • Juniper Lake boat launch - closed all year
    * Download a list of park fishing regulations and information.

Did You Know?

picture of car sized snowblower against 10 foot snow drifts blowing the snow above the drifts

The Lassen Volcanic National Park Main Park Road can open as early as May 10th and as late as mid-July depending on how much snow falls during the winter.