• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

Summit Lake Campground

Campsite at Summit Lake Campground
NPS Photo

The Summit Lake Campground is located 12 miles south of Manzanita Lake, 17.5 miles north of Southwest Entrance. The campground is comprised of a North and South section, each with access to the lake. Hikers and backpackers should begin the Cluster Lake loop trail from the Summit Lake Ranger Station trailhead parking lot.


Summit Lake


6695 feet


6/27/14 to 9/30/14, weather permitting. Summit Lake North closes 9/16/14


Loops B , C and D are reservable; Loops A and E are first-come, first-served


$18 North; $16 South; $10 after 9/15/14

Number of sites

94 combined north and south

Maximum RV length

35 feet - No trailer or RV sites in south (small tent trailers okay)

Maximum trailer length

see above

Accessible Sites



Flush toilets (North), Pit toilets (South)


Potable water spigots until 9/15

Food storage

Metal food locker

Dump station

Closest station at Manzanita Lake


Nearest amenities at Manzanita Lake


Permitted (more about pet regulations)

Ranger-led programs

Evening programs are offered at the Summit Lake amphitheater, additional programs are offered at Manzanita Lake




Hiking, backpacking, stock use, swimming, non-motorized boating, fishing

E-loop is tents only; no generators allowed.

Reservations are available online at www.recreation.gov or by phone 1-877-444-6777. Reservations may be made a maximum of 6 months and a minimum of 4 days in advance of your arrival date.

Download the Summit Lake Campground handout

Map of North Summit Lake Campground
Map of Summit Lake North
South Summit-Lake Campground map

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.