The Superintendent's Compendium is a compilation of designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions made by the superintendent, in addition to what is contained in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Chapter 1, Parts 1 through 7 and 34), and other applicable federal statutes and regulations.
In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations ("36 CFR"), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 54 United States Code, Section 100751, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7. Written determinations, which explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent's use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 1.5(c), are preceded by "Note".
I. 36 CFR §1.5 – Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, and Area Designations for Specific Use or Activities
[a](1) Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, and Closures
The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park, and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:
The park is open year-round. Park facility hours of operation are varied and are posted in the park guide and on the Lassen Volcanic National Park website.
Public Use Limits
The following limitations are instituted to protect park resources and provide for visitor and employee safety.
A backcountry use permit is required for all overnight camping in the Lassen Volcanic National Park backcountry and wilderness.
The following public use limits are established for hiking group size:
Stock parties are limited to 12 animals in a single group.
Stock parties are limited to use of approved trails only (as listed in this document under § 2.16 [b]).
Learn about stock use in the park.
The maximum number of bicyclists riding upon any park roadway as a group is not to exceed 10.
Groups larger than the allowed maximum from any one organization shall maintain a minimum of ½ mile distance apart.
Note: Park roadways are narrow, winding mountain roads with limited sight distances. Larger groups of bicycles present road hazards by crowding the traffic lanes, operating below speed limits, obstructing traffic, and creating a vehicle collision hazard for the riders.
Learn about biking in the park.
Vehicle parking in the Drakesbad Guest Ranch parking area is prohibited except for Drakesbad Guest Ranch patrons.
NOTE: Parking at Drakesbad is limited, and will accommodate Drakesbad Guest Ranch guests only. Public access parking is provided at the trailhead near the Warner Valley campground east of Drakesbad Guest Ranch and is posted as such.
The use of e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) will be subject to the same restrictions as tobacco smoking. All provisions of Director’s Order #50 will apply to ENDS. ENDS use will not be allowed within all facilities and vehicles that are Government owned or leased, and within concessions facilities.
Definition: The term “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems” or ENDS encompasses all forms of vaping, the process of inhaling vaporized nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals with a battery-powered device. Electronic or e-cigarettes are a type of ENDS.
Determination: Current research indicates that vaping aerosols have at least some level of risk for nearby people in areas with limited ventilation and people with compromised health conditions. Available published studies evaluating the potential hazardous effects of the natural and/or synthetic chemicals used in ENDS indicate that potential health effects exist for users and those exposed secondhand.
Notes: Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2.21 (36 CFR 2.21), authorizes a superintendent to temporarily close all or a portion of a park area, building, structure, or facility to smoking. However, the definition of “smoking” under section 1.4 is limited to combustible sources such as a cigarette; it does not include the use of ENDS. The Service is moving forward with revising regulations to include ENDS under the definition of smoking in 36 CFR 1.4. Once promulgated, section 2.21 will apply to the smoking of tobacco and the use of ENDS.
Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Lassen Volcanic National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.
The term “e-bike” means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.). E-bikes are allowed in accordance with the provisions of 36 CFR Part 4. E-bikes are allowed on park roads, parking areas, and trails that are open to traditional bicycles. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited under 36 CFR 4.30. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited. A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).
Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Lassen Volcanic National Park is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.
Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMDs): OPDMDs are defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act as “any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines…that is used by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion…or any mobility device designed to be operated in areas without defined pedestrian routes, but that is not a wheelchair.” 28 CFR §35.104. When used by persons with disabilities, the NPS considers e-bikes to be OPDMDs. Only individuals with disabilities may use OPDMDs in the park. OPDMDs are prohibited in designated wilderness areas.
OPDMDs may be used under the following conditions:
-Operators must be 16 years or older.
-The OPDMD users must yield to pedestrians.
-The OPDMD speeds may not exceed 5 mph.
-The OPDMD is no greater than 36 inches in width at its widest point.
-The OPDMD must be a zero-emissions vehicle.
OPDMDs must be equipped with the following safety mechanisms:
-Front, rear, and side reflectors
-A system that enables the operator to bring the device to a controlled stop
-A lamp emitting a white light that is visible from 300 feet in front of the OPDMD while it is in motion if operating it between half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise
-A sound emitting device that can be activated by the operator to alert nearby persons, as appropriate
Determination: These restrictions are necessary for visitor safety and the safety of those operating OPDMDs. The use of OPDMDs by able bodied persons is prohibited in the park because they meet the definition of a motor vehicle, and off road travel is prohibited, the only exception being those individuals who meet the criteria of a disabled person as defined by the ADA.
The area on Lassen Peak delineated by post and cable is closed to foot travel.
This area is generally located southwest of shoulder area below the summit at an elevation of 10360 feet.
Note: The affected area is closed for the protection of rare and sensitive vegetation
When the park road is open to vehicle traffic the Bumpass Hell Trail may remain closed to use when the trail is snow or ice covered. Closure signage will be in place at the Bumpass Hell parking area, Lake Helen trailhead and the Kings Creek Day use trailhead.
Determination: The compendium closures required to implement this interim policy are necessary to maintain public health and safety and to protect park resources and values.
Note: While covered with snow and Ice the Bumpass Hell Trail is treacherous and unsafe in several areas. To protect the visiting public hazardous conditions and decrease the potential for accidents and injury the trail will be closed until it is deemed that conditions are such that the risk of accident or injury are mitigated.
Manzanita Creek and Lake - Nesting and wetland area is closed to all persons except authorized staff, researchers, and guided persons as marked by signs stating extent of closure. Generally described as the nesting and wetland area at the confluence of Manzanita Creek inlet and Manzanita Lake, and immediate surrounding area. Specific boundaries of closure are marked with corresponding signs.
NOTE: This closure protects nesting birds and their habitat.
Fishing: The following areas are closed to all fishing:
-Manzanita Creek above Manzanita Lake
-Manzanita Lake boat launch
-Butte Lake boat launch
NOTE: Closures are intended to protect fish spawning habitat, provide for visitor safety, and reduce user conflicts at the boat launch areas.
Motorized vessels are prohibited on all park waters, including Personal Water Craft (PWC) (as defined in 36 CFR 1.4(a)).
Engines or motors of any type are not permitted upon vessels on park waters, regardless of whether they are currently in use for propulsion.
Note: PWC closures conform to current guidelines for the use of PWC within national parks based upon the preservation of wildlife, air and water pollution, and the protection of the visitor experience. The hazards of carrying an engine or motor on a vessel, regardless of current use, include hazardous spill situations, and temptation for usage.
Except by permit, the following areas are closed to all vessels:
-Boiling Springs Lake
Note: These lakes harbor resource concerns and scenic attributes which make them incompatible with vessel use.
Definition: Vessel means every description of watercraft, or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on the water. This definition does not apply to a seaplane on the water.
Learn about boating in the park.
Lassen Volcanic Adventure camp is closed to all persons except registered camp users or authorized individuals.
The following areas are closed to special events within the park:
-Maintenance and housing areas at Manzanita Lake,
-Government housing areas, and
-Administrative Headquarters Site at Mineral (excluding the Mineral Ball Field and the Mineral Conference Room) by permit only.
Note: These areas are designated for administrative use only. The areas are not compatible or suitable for public use.
Possession of power drills or the use of the same in undeveloped areas (i.e. rock or ice climbing routes) is prohibited.
Note: Many areas in the park backcountry and wilderness are conducive to rock and or ice climbing. Power drills add to the proliferation of fixed permanent anchors and are prohibited in wilderness by the Wilderness Act.
[a](2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity, under the following restrictions and/or conditions:
Individuals over the age of two years must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:
All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:
-Kohm Yah-mah-Nee Visitor Center outdoor seating and common areas
-Kohm Yah-ma-nee snow play area and parking lot
-Manzanita lake camper store and outdoor seating and common areas
-Butte lake, Manzanita lake, Summit lake, and Kohm ya-mah-nee Auditoriums
-Bumpass Hell boardwalk
-Drakesbad outdoor seating and common areas in concurrence with state mandates.
-Volcano Adventure Camp pavilions and outdoor common areas
Mask must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gap around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
NOTE: In addition to physical distancing and hand washing, masks are a critical step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others.
Masks can prevent the spread of the disease even when the wearer is not sick. This is because several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre- symptomatic) can still spread the virus to other people.
Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household.
It is especially important to wear a mask indoors with people you do not live with and when you are unable to stay at least 6 feet apart because COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another.
Recommended masks include non-medical disposable masks, masks that fit properly (cover nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face), masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton), masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source), masks with two or three layers, and masks with inner filter pockets. Novelty/non-protective masks, masks with ventilation valves, or face shields are not a substitute for the recommended masks.
Access to hydrothermal sites:
-Entering into or upon any hydrothermal area other than by using the trails and boardwalks provided is prohibited.
-“Hotpotting,” “hottubbing” or any other form of bathing in hydrothermal areas or waters issuing from hydrothermal sources is prohibited.
-Throwing, kicking, or otherwise placing any object into hydrothermal areas is prohibited.
Active hydrothermal sites include but are not limited to:
-West Sulphur Creek Basin
-Little Hot Springs Valley
-Cold Boiling Lake
-Hot Springs Creek between Devils Kitchen and the Drake lake trail crossing
-Boiling Springs Lake
NOTE: Boardwalks provide protection from geological hazards due to thin crusted ground, hot water and mud. Walking off designated walkways exposes travelers to hazards such as breaking through apparently firm ground potentially causing injury and death. Hydrothermal areas also present inherent hazards to visitors and employees. These sites are fragile geological and biological resources susceptible to irreversible degradation and damage.
[f] Activities that require a permit
The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the superintendent is required:
(c)(1) Collection or consumption of any fruits, nuts or berries of locally grown plants, in quantities greater than one pint.
(e)(1) To carry or posses a weapon to support research activities
(e)(2) To carry or posses a weapon for emergency use on pack trains or saddle horses
(e)(3) To carry or posses a weapon for officials in performance of official duties.
(a) Specimen collection
(a)(2) Audio disturbances, use of power saw
(a)(3) Operating portable motor or engine
(a)(4) Audio disturbances, operation of a public-address system
(c)(1) Removal of downed aircraft
(a)(2) Backpackers leaving a vehicle parked at a trailhead for more than 24 hours must display a overnight backcountry use permit
(c) Suspend recreation fees
(a) using, possessing, storing or transporting
(b) using or possessing fireworks and firecrackers
(a) Sporting events, pageants, regattas, public spectator attractions, entertainments, ceremonies and similar events.
Learn about special park use permits.
(b) Activities authorized pursuant to paragraph (a)
(a) Residing in park areas pursuant to terms and conditions of a permit
(b) Scattering of human ashes
(a) Superintendent may designate more restrictive limits and require permits for exceeding said limits.
The superintendent shall issue permits for commercial vehicles used on park area roads when such use is necessary for access to private lands situated within or adjacent to the park area, to which access is otherwise not available.
Permit required to operate a solid waste disposal site within boundaries of the park.
Note: Permitting activities insures that public health and safety, environmental or scenic values, natural or cultural resources, scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, proper allocation and use of facilities, or visitor use activities will not be adversely impacted.
[a](4) Downed and dead wood may be collected for front country campground firewood use:
- within 30 feet of road,
- less than 4 inches in diameter, and
- without the use of gas or electric saws.
Note: Collecting downed and dead wood for use in the front country campgrounds is allowed to help with the reduction of Wild Land Fire fuels immediately adjacent to park roads and campground.
[b] Off trail travel is prohibited at:
- area adjacent to the Lassen Peak Trail as defined by the wilderness boundary,
- Cinder Cone, and
- all park hydrothermal areas.
Note: Prohibiting off trail travel in these areas is designed to protect plant communities, prevent erosion and provide for visitor safety.
[c](1) The following fruits, nuts, berries and plant materials may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption only, with a possession limit of one pint per person per day except as noted:
- Pinaceae, nuts of pines
- Caprifoliaceae, fruit of the blue elderberry
- Fagaceae, fruits of the bush chinquapin
- Grossulariaceae, fruits of currants and gooseberries
- Rosaceae, fruits of serviceberry, choke cherry, raspberry, thimbleberry
- Rosaceae, fruits of woods rose
- Ericaceae, fruits of western blueberry
Note: Collection of small amounts of the above mentioned species has been determined to not adversely affect park wild life, the reproductive potential of the plant or otherwise adversely affect park resources
[d] Transporting lawfully taken wildlife through the park is permitted under the following conditions:
- carcass must be tagged in accordance with state and federal law,
- game must be kept out of sight,
- wildlife must be declared at the park’s entrance stations when open, and
- legally taken game must be transported from the entrance gate to the exit gate on the public road system in the most direct route and are not allowed overnight in the park, except where lawfully taken game is possessed by a resident within the park.
[e] Use of an artificial light for purposes of viewing wildlife is prohibited.
The following restrictions apply:
- Manzanita Lake is catch and release only and
- in Manzanita Lake, the method of take shall be limited to artificial lures with a single barbless hook.
Non-living bait is allowed only in the following waterways:
- Kings Creek
- Mill Creek
- Hat Creek
Note: The above waterways contain only non-native trout species. All other waterways and lakes contain native fish species.
Learn about fishing in the park.
[d](2) The Superintendent may issue a permit to carry or possess a weapon, trap, or net under the following circumstances:
- For emergency use to persons in charge of pack trains or saddle horses. Emergency use is meant solely for the use of dispatching injured stock.
- The weapon must remain unloaded until there is a circumstance in which an animal must be dispatched.
- Weapon is not to be displayed or openly carried.
[b](9)The following conditions have been established for camping in the park:
Camping in the parks developed campgrounds is limited to 14 days per year, per campground, except Summit Lake and Juniper Lake Campgrounds, which are limited to 7 days per year.
Campsites may not be saved or pre-paid for another party.
Generator use in campgrounds is permitted only during the hours: 8:00am - 10:00am; 12:00pm - 2:00pm; and 5:00pm - 7:00pm Generators are not permitted in tent- only loops.
A maximum of 2 vehicles is allowed at each campsite, except designated group sites. Motorhomes, tow vehicles, any trailer, cars and trucks each count as one vehicle.
Campsite capacity is limited to 6 persons and 3 tents.
Group campsite capacity is 25 persons per site.
Group campsite capacity at Juniper Lake campground is 15 persons per site.
Though the Southwest Walk-in Campground is for tents only, RVs and trailers may park overnight in the campground parking lot. Fees still apply. Vehicles must stay on paved areas
Southwest Walk-In Campground may be closed to walk in camping during times of deep snow accumulation. Alternate camping areas will be designated in the immediate area.
Loop D at Manzanita Lake and Loop E at South Summit Lake are designated for tent camping only.
-Backcountry overnight camping is limited to a total of 30 days per calendar year
-Camping within 200 ft of a flowing stream, river, or body of water is prohibited.
-Camping is prohibited within a ½ mile of any developed area or park road open to vehicular traffic, and/or within sight of same.
-Camping by stock groups is prohibited except at camp sites equipped with stock facilities; see §2.16(g).
Camping is prohibited within ¼ mile, and/or within sight of the same, from ANY hydrothermal feature as well as the following:
- Cascade Springs
- Cinder Cone/Painted Dunes
- Cliff Lake
- Crags Lake
- Crumbaugh Lake
- Trail from Summit Lake to Echo Lake
- Kings Creek Meadow - Upper and Lower
- Mt. Harkness Summit
- Echo Lake
- Kings Creek Falls
- Lassen Peak
- Little Willow lake
NOTE: If a vehicle has bathroom facilities, kitchen facilities,or is intended for sleeping in then it will not be allowed in a designated tent only camping area for sleeping purposes. Tent trailers will be treated as a recreational vehicle.
(d) The following conditions are established to regulate food storage
Food, toiletries and scented items must be properly stored when items are not being transported, consumed or prepared for consumption, or when items are unattended (greater than six feet away from an awake person).
Any person camping within the Lassen Volcanic National Park back country is required to store food items, items carrying food scents and toiletries in a bear resistant food storage container that is listed on The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IBC) Certified products list allowed for use in the park by the NPS.
All other food storage systems including hanging are prohibited.
When requested, any person camping, intending to camp or permitted to camp within the Lassen Volcanic National Park back country must provide proof that they are in possession of an approved bear resistant food storage container.
An exception to the above requirements is granted for the winter season beginning December 1 and ending April 15.
Any person camping within the Lassen Volcanic National Park frontcountry designated campgrounds must store food items, items carrying food scents (including coolers) and toiletries in a fully-enclosed hard-sided vehicle, or the metal food lockers provided, or the IBC Certified products identified above.
NOTE: Food storage regulations balance visitor use and protection of Lassen’s wildlife, including, but not limited to, bears. Food, toiletries, and scented items must be stored properly to ensure that park wildlife does not access it. Food storage methods other than those described above are not approved by Lassen Volcanic National Park and/or have shown to be ineffective in preventing wildlife from retrieving food.
[a](1) The following areas are designated for the lighting of fires:
Park provided grills or fire rings in established front-country campgrounds and day-use areas only. This applies to both wood and charcoal fires. Fires are not permitted in any other area in the park, including backcountry and wilderness areas.
[a](2) Stoves and Lanterns
Stoves that use biomass material (including wood and charcoal) are not permitted in the backcountry. Only small, liquid or gas fuel stoves are permitted.
[a](4) Draining refuse from a trailer or other vehicle is prohibited except in facilities provided for such purposes:
- Recreational vehicle waste water must be disposed of only at the Manzanita Lake Dump Station.
- Other waste water must only be disposed of at the Manzanita Lake Dump Station, comfort station utility sinks, or vault toilets
Note: Food particles found in waste water attract wildlife and nuisance insects.
Pets are prohibited on all park trails, in park lakes and waterways, in undeveloped areas of the park (backcountry and Wilderness), visitor centers, and all government buildings open to the public.
Pets are restricted to within 50 feet of all roadways, parking lots, campgrounds, and picnic areas.
When snow depth is sufficient for skiing, or snowshoeing pets are not permitted on unplowed roads.
Pet excrement must be either removed from the park or disposed of in a refuse container.
[a](3) Conditions for leaving pets unattended and tied to an object:
Pets may not be left unattended in areas or in circumstances where they will create a nuisance to other visitors or cause a conflict with wildlife.
Pets will not be left in areas where food, water, shade, ventilation and other basic needs are inadequate.
Note: This requirement is intended to ensure pets do not harass wildlife or disturb park visitors and also to ensure pets are properly cared for in the park. Pets may be left in an RV or vehicle as long as the requirements in 2.15(a)(3) are met.
(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:
- Permanent park employees residing in the park may keep pets in accordance with Lassen Volcanic National Park policy found in the Lassen Volcanic National Park Housing Management Plan, Chapter 7.2.3
- Pets must be kept on a leash and under owner control at all times.
Learn about visiting the park with pets.
[a] The following animals are designated as pack animals: horses, mules, burros, and llamas.
[b] Saddle horses and pack animals are allowed on maintained trails except those listed below. They are not allowed off-trail.
- Manzanita Lake Trail
- Lassen Peak Trail
- Trails on Cinder Cone
- Reflection Lake Trail
- Bumpass Hell Trail
- Trails within the Devils Kitchen and Sulphur Works thermal areas
Stock animals must be kept at least 100 feet from lakes, except when trails pass within 100 feet of lakes. At these locations, stock animals are not to be allowed to stop and obtain water.
[d] Free-trailing or loose-herding:
No areas designated.
[g] Additional conditions:
It is prohibited to ride or tie stock animals in campgrounds, picnic areas or within the immediate vicinity of eating or sleeping establishments or other areas of public gatherings, except as described below.
Picketing and/or grazing of stock animals in the park is prohibited.
Stock parties camping overnight are limited to one of the following designated sites: reservations are required via Recreation.gov..
-Summit Lake: maximum of 8 animals and 10 people with parking limited to 6 licensed vehicles
-Butte Lake: maximum of 8 animals and 10 people with parking limited to 6 licensed vehicles
-Juniper Lake: maximum of 8 animals and 10 people with parking limited to 4 licensed vehicles
The following conditions apply to these areas:
-Certified weed free feed must be provided by the camper
-Sites must be cleaned of manure and uneaten food on a daily basis.
-Refuse must be raked, bagged and deposited into a dumpster.
-Watering facilities must be used when they are provided.
At times when trail and weather and trail conditions warrant (such as trees across the trail or wet soil) additional stock use conditions (including closure of a trail to stock use) may be established.
NOTE: Off-trail livestock use has a significant impact on vegetation, wetlands, leads to erosion, and can lead to the spread of invasive plant species.
Learn about stock use in the park.
[c] Snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and universal terrain vehicle (UTV) use are allowed by permit only.
[c] Ramp and jump construction is prohibited.
Learn about winter activities in the park.
[a] Smoking is prohibited in the following locations. See also §1.5(a)(1) regarding ENDS.
In the interior space of all NPS-owned, leased, or administered buildings or vehicles;
Within 25 feet of any entrance or exit primarily accessed by the visiting public and
Within 25 feet of any entrance or exit not generally accessed by the public, where smoking would result in smoke traveling through doorways, windows, air ducts or other openings.
The Lassen Volcanic Adventure Camp is closed to all use of tobacco or nicotine products at such times that youth groups are present.
NOTE: It is the policy of the NPS to provide a smoke-free environment for its employees and members of the visiting public. [DO #50D: Smoking Policy] The use of tobacco at the Lassen Volcanic Adventure camp while youth groups are present is inconsistent with the purpose of the facility and it’s use as an educational camp for youth.
[a](2) Property may be left unattended for periods longer than 24 hours in the following areas and under the following condition:
Visitors on overnight backcountry trips are permitted to leave vehicles unattended in parking areas for the period of time specified on their overnight backcountry use permit. Permit must be displayed.
Visitors with overnight accommodations in lodges or campgrounds may leave their vehicles unattended for the period of their stay.
NOTE: This regulation is to prevent the abandonment of vehicles, provide for visitor safety and protect wildlife from acquiring improperly stored food. This regulation does not apply to the seizure of vehicles or property as part of a criminal investigation or infraction of the law.
[a](3)(i) The Lassen Volcanic Adventure camp is closed to all consumption and possession of alcohol at such times that youth groups are present.
NOTE: The possession and consumption of alcohol at the Lassen Volcanic Adventure camp while youth groups are present is inconsistent with the purpose of the facility and it’s use as an educational camp for youth.
Lassen Volcanic National Park will provide adequate locations and means by which citizens may gather and exercise their rights to peaceful assembly under the 1st amendment. Lassen Volcanic National Park will monitor 1st amendment activities to ensure the safety of the visitor and resources, in a way that does not infringe upon the lawful exercise of 1st amendment rights. Activities will be managed to reduce conflict between groups, and to ensure that the activity does not infringe upon the rights of other park visitors and to be free of harassment, while having full access to park areas.
(b) Demonstrations of more than 25 people are allowed within park areas designated as available under paragraph (c)(2) when the superintendent has issued a permit for the activity.
See 36 CFR §2.51(b)(1) for permitting criteria.
Note: Demonstrations involving 25 persons or fewer may be held without a permit in designated park areas, provided that the requirements in §2.51(b) are met. The 25 person maximum for the small group permit exception may be reduced pursuant to §2.51(b)(3). For specific designated areas. See attached maps.
[c](2) The following areas have locations that are designated as available for demonstrations (view maps):
- Manzanita Lake amphitheater (by permit only)
- Sidewalk leading from the Mineral Headquarters building visitor parking lot to the front of the headquarters building
- Visitor parking area adjacent to the Loomis Ranger Station
- Lassen Peak Trail parking lot
- South Summit Lake
- Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
- Near the Manzanita Lake camper store
Note: Pursuant to §2.51(c)(2) the superintendent must designate on a map, which must be available in the office of the superintendent and by public notice, the locations designated as available for demonstrations and the sale or distribution of printed matter.
Learn more about special use permits.
[b] The sale or distribution of printed matter by more than 25 persons is allowed within park areas designated as available under §2.51(c)(2) (see above) when the superintendent has issued a permit. See attached maps.
See §2.52(b) for permitting criteria
NOTE: Sale or distribution activity by 25 persons or fewer may be conducted without a permit in designated park areas, provided that the requirements in §2.52(b) are met. The 25 person maximum for the small group permit exception may be reduced for a designated available area, pursuant to §2.52(b)(3).
[b] Scattering of human ashes
Scattering of human ashes is allowed by permit only. All remains must meet the appropriate state regulations and permits prior to dispersion.
[h] Launch and recovery of vessels
Boats, kayaks, canoes and other watercraft or vessels may be put in and taken out of the following lakes only at the designated launch area.
- Manzanita Lake
- Butte Lake
Learn about boating in the park.
Designated limits are:
Vehicles with widths in excess of 102 inches (8.5 Ft) and vehicle-trailer combinations in excess of 540 inches (45 feet) in total length are prohibited from traveling on the Lassen National Park Highway, from the southwest boundary to the north boundary.
Vehicles in excess of these limits are allowed by permit only.
NOTE: Due to the limited number of pullouts, tight curves, and soft shoulders vehicles in excess of 45 feet are prohibited except by permit to provide for public safety.
[b] The maximum speed limit on all public roads in the park is 45 mph or as posted.
Learn about travel within the park.
In accordance with National Park Service Law Enforcement Reference Manual 9 (RM-9), notice is hereby given that Lassen Volcanic National Park uses Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security camera monitoring.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is LOW or MEDIUM in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are not required to wear masks.
Please adhere to all closures indicated by CLOSED signs or described in the following emergency closure notices.
May 25, 2022
Subject: Emergency Closure of facilities within Lassen Volcanic National Park
Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park California.
Justification: The Dixie Fire impacted approximately 68% of Lassen Volcanic National Park. As such, multiple facilities and structures were damaged or destroyed. As remediation efforts continue, facilities will be assessed and potentially repaired through the upcoming years. Some areas and facilities will be closed to all public access either due to unmitigated hazards or remediation activities. Closed areas will be signed as “closed” and information will be updated regularly on the park website as conditions change. Entering closed areas, or accessing damaged facilities may result in a citation. Fire-weakened trees, road hazards, damaged or destroyed facilities, and remediation activities can endanger unauthorized persons. While Lassen Volcanic National Park will make attempts to identify hazards, unidentified hazards may exist.
Information on closures and current conditions is available to the public at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, Loomis Museum and on the park website.
Authority: Authority for this closure lies in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1.5(a) Closures and public use limits.
May 25, 2022 | Rescinded 1200 PST July 15, 2022
Subject: Emergency Closure of Juniper Lake Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park. Access to the Juniper Lake area will be restricted to authorized personnel only.
Location: Juniper lake Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.
Justification: The Dixie Fire impacted approximately 68% of Lassen Volcanic National Park. As such, multiple government and private facilities and structures were damaged or destroyed. Fire-weakened trees, road hazards, damaged or destroyed facilities, and remediation activities can endanger unauthorized persons. As remediation efforts continue, facilities will be assessed and potentially repaired through 2022. Some areas and facilities will be closed to all public access either due to unmitigated hazards or remediation activities. Closed areas will be signed as “closed” and information will be updated regularly on the park website as conditions change. While Lassen Volcanic National Park will make attempts to identify hazards, unidentified hazards may exist. Entering closed areas or accessing damaged facilities may result in a citation.
Authority: Authority for this closure lies in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1.5(a) Closures and public use limits.
April 13, 2022
May 25, 2022
Subject: Emergency Closure of portions of Lassen Volcanic National Park impacted by the Dixie Fire to stock use.
Location: Those parts of Lassen Volcanic National Park effected by the Dixie Fire.
Justification: The Dixie Fire impacted approximately 68% of Lassen Volcanic National Park. As such multiple government facilities and structures were damaged or destroyed. Lassen National Park’s trail system within the burned area sustained extensive damage. Damage included but was not limited to bridges, boardwalks, trail signs, trail tread, retaining walls, water bars, steps, and stock fords. In addition to the damage to facilities and structures fire weakened trees, burned trees, rocks, and fallen timber have made the trails impassible to stock in many areas. Because of damage, stock would be forced to leave established trails to go around trees and other obstacles and would be forced to cross creeks in fragile locations.
April 25, 2022
Subject: Emergency Closure of Butte Lake launch ramp and suspension of potable water at Butte Lake Campground.
Location: Butte Lake and Butte Lake Campground
Justification: Extended drought and low lake levels have made the Butte Lake boat launch ramp unusable. Vessels may still use Butte Lake for fishing and other recreational activities. The launching, retrieving, or transporting of vessels to the shoreline by motor vehicle is prohibited. Lake users will need to carry or drag vessels to the shoreline. This closure is to protect the shoreline and mudflats that are currently exposed from erosion.
Additionally, due to extended drought, the surface level of Butte Lake has fallen to a level that precludes the operation of the potable water plant at that location. As such potable water may not be available for the 2022 season.
Authority: Authority for this closure lies in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1.5(a) Closures and public use limits. Violators may be cited under 36 CFR 1.5 (f) or other applicable law.
Map of current closures as of 5/23/2023. This map does not include all closures. Please adhere to all closures indicated by CLOSED signs within the park. Click on map to view larger version.
Last updated: May 23, 2023