Learn and Explore
Lassen Volcanic National Park contains seven campgrounds. Reservations are highly recommended July through early September and can be made only through recreation.gov. The park does not directly handle any reservation requests. Southwest Campground is open year-round and changes to oversnow camping in the winter/spring snowy months. All other campgrounds are open approximately May/June through September/October. Opening and closing dates are dependent on snow depth and other conditions; changes will be reflected in the table below.
Plan Your Camping Trip
Learn more about each of the seven campgrounds in the table below. Click on each campground name to view its webpage.
3. Prepare for Your Camping Trip
All Dates Are For 2021^All group sites and stock corrals are reservation-only.
Dry Camping Reduced Fee
Drinking water and flush toilets are not available when dry camping is in effect. The normal fee applies whenever water is available. The availability of water is generally dependent on overnight temperatures; water systems cannot function when temperatures are consistently below freezing level.
Most campsites in the park are available by reservation only between June and September. Juniper Lake (except Juniper Lake Group), Warner Valley, and Southwest Walk-in Campgrounds do not accept reservations. Campsites are usually available on a first-come, first-served basis once water systems are turned off for the winter snow season, at which point each campground is open to "dry" camping until its closure date.
First-come, first-served (FCFS) sites are most easily obtained in late spring and early summer. Juniper Lake, Warner Valley, Butte Lake Loop A, and Southwest Walk-in campgrounds are first-come, first-served only. All group sites, including Lost Creek Group Campground are reservation-only. Park staff cannot predict if and when vacancies will be available the day you wish to camp.
How to Claim and Pay for a FCFS Campsite
Once you have a located a site that does not have a reservation placard for that night:
All campsites are equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and bear-resistant storage locker. Store all food and scented items in the bear-resistant storage locker. These items may also be stored in a hard-sided vehicle. Storage lockers measure 4' x 3' x 2.5' (30 cubic feet). Group campsites are equipped with three picnic tables, three fire rings, and three bear-resistant lockers.
All campgrounds except Juniper Lake offer spigots and/or sinks for drinking water. Campgrounds with flush toilets also include one or more utility sinks for dish washing. All campgrounds have receptacles for trash and recyclables. Due to freezing wintertime temperatures, water may not be available at a campsite in early summer or late fall. If water is not available, a dry camping reduced rate applies (see dates and rates in the campground table).
The Manzanita Lake Area offers the most camper services. The Manzanita Lake Camper Store is located at the entrance to the Manzanita Lake Campground. Showers and a laundromat are available only at the Manzanita Lake Camper Store. Both take quarters; a change machine is located by the showers. The Manzanita Camper Store also offers camping supplies, food, and souvenirs mid-May through mid-October. The only dump station in the park is located on the road to Manzanita Lake Campground.
Wheelchair accessible campsites include Manzanita Lake A32 and B9, Butte Lake A6, and North Summit Lake A-1. All accessible sites are located near accessible restrooms. Accessible campsites are first-come, first-served only. At least one vehicle at an accessible site must display a valid disabled person placard or license plate. Manzanita Lake Camping Cabins 1,8,14, and 18 are accessible. Each cabin includes a bed, propane heater, lantern, bear box, fire ring, access ramp, stairs with handrails and an extended picnic table. Learn more about accessibility in the park.
General Campground Questions
If you have questions about camping in a frontcountry campground at Lassen Volcanic National Park, please send us an email at email@example.com. Before sending an email, please read this entire webpage, as most of your questions are likely to be answered already. For specific information about a campground, please scroll to the Campground List and click on the campground name.
If you have questions about backpacking, backcountry camping, or backcountry permits, please see our Backcountry page. Please do not send an email to the campground office about backcountry camping. After reading the Backcountry page, if you have additional questions, there is an email link at the bottom of that page.
Last updated: June 5, 2021