Group of kayakers on Manzanita Lake, Lassen Peak in background.

Mike Wright


Numerous lakes provide excellent non-motorized boating opportunities in the park. The most popular boating lakes include Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, Juniper Lake, and Summit Lake. Each of these lakes has one or more areas for boating access. Watercraft rentals are available at Manzanita Lake (see below). Only non-power watercraft may be used on park lakes; engines of any type are not permitted. Boating is prohibited on Reflection, Emerald, Helen, and Boiling Springs Lake.

Manzanita Lake is closed to the use of soft-sided flotation devices, swimming, and wading due to otter danger. Read more about the closure.


Watercraft Rental

Kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board, and cataraft rentals are available in the Manzanita Lake Camper Store. Watercraft rentals are offered from 9 am to 30 minutes before sunset daily on a first-come, first-served basis in the summer only. View pricing at

Last updated: July 25, 2020

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