Three boaters in two kayaks pose for a photo on a lake backed by two large volcanic peaks.
Kayakers on Manzanita Lake.

Enjoy Non-Motorized Boating on Numerous Lakes

A line of beige kayaks on the edge of a blue lake.
Rental kayaks at Manzanita Lake boat launch.

Lassen Lodging

Watercraft Rental

Single and double kayaks available for rent approximately late May through September. Life vests (PFDs) must be worn on a rental vessel. Life vests are provided with kayak rentals, or can be rented separately. View rental pricing at

To Rent a Watercraft at Manzanita Lake:

  1. Purchase a rental inside the Manzanita Lake Camper Store between 10 am and 4 pm (view Camper Store hours).
  2. Follow a short trail to Manzanita Lake boat launch.
  3. Present your receipt to receive your watercraft and life vest.
A volcanic peak reflected in a bright blue lake.
Lassen Peak reflected in Lake Helen.

Boating is Prohibited on:

  • Lake Helen
  • Reflection Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Boiling Springs Lake

Boating includes use by all vessels, which the United States Code (1 USC Sec. 4) describes as "every description on of watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water." The closure serves to protect scenic views at these small and popular lakes and to protect Boiling Springs Lake hydrothermal features.

Paddle boarders on a blue lake edged by dark lava and backed by volcanic peaks.
Paddle boarders on Butte Lake.

Engines Prohibited on All Lakes

Only non-power watercraft may be used on park lakes. Engines or motors of any type are not permitted upon vessels on park waters, regardless of whether they are currently in use for propulsion. The closure serves to preserve of wildlife, limit air and water pollution, and the protect 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.

Last updated: June 10, 2024

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PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063


530 595-4480

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