Manzanita Lake Day Use Area

A couple sits at one of two picnic tables on the shore of a lake lined by conifers with the setting
Manzanita Lake picnic area is a popular destination for sunset viewing.

NPS/Alison Taggart-Barone

Quick Facts
Manzanita Lake Area

Beach/Water Access, Bicycle - Rack, Canoe/Kayak/Small Boat Launch, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Lifejacket Rentals, Parking - Auto, Parking - Boat Trailer, Parking - Bus/RV, Picnic Table, Recycling, Restroom, Restroom - Accessible, Restroom - Seasonal, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Water - Drinking/Potable

The Manzanita Lake boat launch, trailhead, and picnic area are located on the southeast shore of Manzanita Lake. Get here by following the Manzanita Lake Campground Road off of Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway in the Manzanita Lake Area

Boat Launch

At the south end of the parking area, a small turnaround loop provides access to the boat launch. Only non-power watercraft may be used on park lakes; engines of any type are not permitted. Fishing is permitted from watercraft and the shore. Pre-paid boat rentals are picked up here; purchase rentals at the Manzanita Camper Store (accessible by a short trail). Learn more about boating and watercraft rental.


To the left of the boat launch is one of two trailheads for the Manzanita Lake Trail. Most hikers travel clockwise when starting from this trailhead. Hikers can also follow the Manzanita Lake loop counterclockwise from the far (north) side of the parking area. A 0.2-mile section connects the boat launch parking area and the Loomis Plaza.    

Picnic Area

picnic area is located to the right of the boat launch and tables are often occupied in summer months. Additional picnic spots (without tables) can be found on the Manzanita Lake Trail, to the left of the boat launch. Restrooms and drinking water are available at the north end of the parking area. The picnic area offers a clear view across the lake to the west is a popular spot to enjoy sunset.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Last updated: January 11, 2024