Camping

Lassen Volcanic National Park contains seven campgrounds. Reservations will be required at Manzanita and Summit Lake campgrounds beginning in the 2023 camping season. Reservations are highly recommended at Butte Lake campground. Reservations can be made through recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. The park does not directly handle any reservation requests.

Southwest Walk-in Campground is the only year-round campground in the park. There will be no over snow camping there in the 2023 winter/spring season. 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.

The quickest way to find answers about camping in the park is to read through this entire webpage. For specific campground information, scroll down to the Campground List and select a campground name. The most common questions about camping in the park are answered below.

 

Plan Your Camping Trip

1. Select a Campground

Learn more about each of the seven campgrounds in the table below. Click on each campground name to view its webpage.

  • Traveling with a RV or trailer? RVs and trailers are best accommodated at Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, and Summit Lake Campgrounds. There are no hook-ups in the park. A dump station is available at Manzanita Lake.
  • Camping with 10 or more people? Learn more about group campsites.
  • Camping with pack animals? Learn more about reservation-only stock corrals.
  • Looking to camp outside a campground? Within Lassen Volcanic National Park, visitors must camp in an established campground. It is unlawful to sleep overnight in a vehicle along park roads. Dispersed camping opportunities may be found in the nearby Lassen National Forest.

2. Make a Reservation

  • Some campgrounds require a reservation, which must be made through Recreation.gov and can be made the day of arrival. It is best to reserve before arriving to the park due to limited connectivity at the park. Park staff do not directly handle reservations. Requests or changes to reservations must go through recreation.gov.
  • No reservation? Learn more about the limited options to obtain a first-come, first-served campsite. Some campgrounds do not accept reservations.

3. Prepare for Your Camping Trip

 

Campground List

^All group sites and stock corrals are reservation-only
All Dates Are for 2023
Campground Current
Status
# Sites Reservable Fee Dry Camping
Not Reservable
Dry Fee RV ADA Flush
Toilets
Notes
Butte Lake | All sites are reservation only starting in 2023 | 2023 Season: 6/2-10/17
Closed 101 6/2 - 9/4 $22 9/5 - 10/17 $15
Closed 6 6/2 - 9/4 $62
Closed 1 N/A Closed in 2023
Juniper Lake Closed N/A Possible delayed opening in 2023
Closed 18 N/A 8/2 - 10/3 $12
Closed 2 N/A N/A Possible delayed opening in 2023
Closed 1 N/A N/A Closed in 2023
Lost Creek Group Closed 8 6/9 - 9/18 $62
Closed 7/29/23 - 8/8/23
Manzanita Lake | All sites reservation only starting in 2023 | 2023 Season: 5/19 - snow closure
Single sites
Closed 179 5/19 -seasonal closure $26 N/A $15 No water after 10/10/23
Closed 4 5/19 - 6/26;
9/5 - 10/
9
$72
Closed 20 2023 dates TBD $76 -
$149
Summit Lake | All sites reservation only starting in 2023 | 2023 Season: 6/23-9/23
Closed 46 7/1 - 9/12 $24
Closed 7/1 - 9/12 $22 9/12-9/26 $15
Closed 1 N/A $37 N/A Closed in 2023
Southwest Walk-in

Southwest Parking
Closed

Open
20

N/A $16 ~Oct-May $10 Year-round vehicle camping only in parking lot.
Warner Valley Closed 17 TBD TBD
$21
Impacted by 2021 Dixie Fire.
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.

 
Map of the park with a large tent icons for showing 8 campgrounds plus roads, trails and other amentities.
Lassen Volcanic National Park contains seven campgrounds. Summit Lake North Campground contains two sections (north and south).
 

Campsite Reservations

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.

  • We highly recommend making a campsite reservation. View all reservable campgrounds in the park at Recreation.gov or click on a campground name in the table above to access its reservation webpage.
  • Campsite reservations are only available online at Recreation.gov or via phone at 877-444-6777. Please contact recreation.gov for reservation requests or changes.
  • Reservations can be made up to six months in advance of desired date. Group site reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance. Reservations usually fill by April and remain full thorugh early September.
  • Bring a copy of your campsite reservation including the campground name and campsite number with you to the park. We recommend taking a photo of it with your phone in case you misplace it. Please contact a campground host or entrance station staff if you are unable to locate your reservation information. Please note that a campground host is not available at every campground.
  • If you would like to request a cancellation or refund, please contact Recreation.gov through the link in your confirmation email. Park staff and campground hosts are unable to create or modify campground reservations.
 

First Come, First-Served Campsite Availability

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.

  • FCFS campsites are usually more numerous before noon and on weekdays.
  • Sites that do not have a reservation placard on the campsite post may be used for FCFS camping for that night only; a reservation may begin the next day. You may check into a vacant, non-reserved campsite at any time; please note quiet hours and be respectful for your fellow campers.
  • Do not rely on campground hosts (if available) to assist with locating vacant sites. The best practice is to drive around the campground loops and look for empty sites without reservation placards (or a reservation placard for future dates).
  • You may wait for an occupied campsite that will become available after the noon check-out time. Be courteous to campers who are in the process of packing up and checking out of a site. You may not put a tag on the site until the current occupants are completely vacated.
  • Manzanita Lake and Summit Lake Campgrounds are entirely by reservation. There are no FCFS sites at these campgrounds. Vacant sites cannot be claimed without a reservation. We highlly encourage you to reserve a site in advance of you arrival. You will NOT be able to reserve at the campground. The only location in the park with WiFi is the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Camp hosts and park staff cannot make a reservation for you.
  • One loop at Butte Lake is FCFS. Warner Valley, Juniper Lake and Southwest Walk-in are entirely FCFS. Park staff will not have the status of availability when you arrive.
  • Have an alternative ready for camping outside of the park in case all park campsites are full. The surrounding Lassen National Forest has multiple campgrounds with some FCFS.

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:

  1. You may leave an item such as a camp chair at a FCFS site while you go to self-register. You may not hold a campsite for someone else who has not yet arrived.
  2. Contact the camp host (if available) to confirm the site's availability. If not camp host as available, proceed to step 3.
  3. Go to the kiosk at the entrance to the campground and read the instructions for FCFS registration posted in the bulletin case.
  4. Pay for your site by self-registration. Grab a green envelope from the box and fill it out completely. Insert your payment into the envelope, secure and deposit it into the iron ranger; be sure to remove the receipt tag to post at your campsite. Credit card payment is accepted by filling out the slip inside the envelope.
  5. Post your self-registration receipt tag at your campsite. If a campsite is still occupied up to the noon check-out time, you must wait to hang your receipt until the current occupants are completely vacated.
 

Amenities & Services

Campsite Amentities

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.

Campground Amenities

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).

Camper Services

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 Camper Store will not be open for the remainder of the 2021 season due to impacts from the Dixie Fire.The only dump station in the park is located on the road to Manzanita Lake Campground.

The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is located adjacent to the Southwest Campground and offers food, souvenirs, and a small selection of camping supplies. There are no services at or adjacent to the Butte and Juniper Lake campgrounds. Drakesbad Guest Ranch, near Warner Valley Campground, offers reservation-only dining and a small gift shop with a few souvenirs and snacks. Showers and a laundromat are available in the town of Chester, which provides access to the Juniper Lake and Warner Valley Areas. A dump station is located south of Chester at the Lassen National Forest Almanor RV Dump Station. View all park goods and services.

Accessibility

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.

 

Group Campsites

Reservations are required for all group sites available at Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, Juniper Lake, and Lost Creek (group sites only).

  • Group sites are limited to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 people and 6 vehicles. Juniper Lake group sites are limited to 15 people.
  • RVs up to 40 feet are permitted, except at Juniper Lake (only tents are permitted at group sites).
  • Group campsites are equipped with three picnic tables, three fire rings, and three bear-resistant lockers.
  • Groups may also reserve adjacent individual campsites, but must adhere to single campsite capacities (3 tents, 6 people, 2 vehicles).
 

General Campground Questions


If you have questions about camping in a frontcountry campground at Lassen Volcanic National Park, please send us an email at lavo_fees@nps.gov. 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: November 20, 2022

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