Recreation

Recreation is one of the premier opportunities for visitors to the Lassen National Forest.  From springtime wildflower hikes to snowmobiling miles of freshly groomed trails in the winter, there is something for everyone!  So go explore, camp, hike, kayak, fish, or just sit beneath the towering pines on a sunny afternoon and relax...  the Lassen welcomes you!

Here are some of our favorite places on the Lassen National Forest. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do! Please note that pets must always be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation sites, and that pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Alder Creek Campground is closed for the winter season.
Almanor Beach Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter season.
Almanor Group Campground Closed to Visitor For information and reservations please visit www.recreation.gov
Almanor North Campground Closed to Visitor Almanor North is closed for the winter. NO service provided. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. Pack out all trash and abide by all rules & regulations.
Almanor RV Dump Station Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter season.
Almanor South Campground Closed to Visitor Almanor South Campground closed for the winter season.
Ashpan Open to Visitor Wheeled vehicle restriction has been lifted for the season
Aspen Grove Open to Visitor
Battle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Battle Creek Campground is closed for the winter season.
Big Pine Campground Closed to Visitor Closed through April 28, 2017
Bogard Campground Open to Visitor
Bogard Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open.
Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor Closed through April 28, 2017
Bridge Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Butte Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Butte Meadows is closed for the winter season. Disperse camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, please pack out all trash and abide by all rules & regulations.     
Canyon Dam Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Cherry Hill Campground Closed to Visitor Cherry Hill Campground is closed for the winter season.
Christie Campground Open to Visitor .
Christie Day Use Open to Visitor .
Cold Springs Open to Visitor
Crater Lake Open to Visitor Campground is maintained begining in May for summer season.
Domingo Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Domingo Springs Campground is closed for the winter season.
Eagle Campground Open to Visitor
Elam Campground Closed to Visitor Elam Campground is closed for the winter season.
Elam Creek Rest Area Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Eskimo Hill Open to Visitor Little or no snow at site
Fredonyer Parking Area Snowpark Open to Visitor Open. Winter activities later in the year...
Gallatin Beach Open to Visitor Opens May 15th
Gallatin Marina Open to Visitor Marina Store will open May 19th with limited hours and supplies.Full operation on Memorial weekend.
Goumaz Open to Visitor Water is turned off for winter.
Gurnsey Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Gurnsey Creek Campground is closed for the winter.
Hat Creek Rim Overlook Closed to Visitor Closed through late April, 2017
Heart Lake Recreation Trail Closed to Visitor Logs and debris on trail
High Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor High Bridge Campground is closed for the winter.
Hole-in-the-Ground Campground Closed to Visitor Hole-in da Ground Campground is closed for the winter season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, please pack out all trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
Legacy Campground Closed to Visitor Legacy Campground is closed for the winter.
McCarthy Point Lookout Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Merrill Campground Open to Visitor
Mud Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor The Mud Lake Trail Head for the Pacific Crest Trail is open.  This quiet spot is great for overnight camping along the trail and has plenty of turn around space for horse trailers.
Old Station Day Use Picnic Open to Visitor Open through November 18, 2016
Old Station Visitor Information Center Open to Visitor
Panoramic Point Open to Visitor
Potato Patch Campground Closed to Visitor Potato Patch Campground is closed for the winter.
Rocky Knoll Campground Closed to Visitor Rocky Knoll Campground is closed for the winter.
Roxie Peconom Campground Open to Visitor Open.
Silver Bowl Campground Closed to Visitor Silver Bowl Campground is closed for the winter. No service provided. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. Pact out all trash and abide by all rules & regulations.
Soldier Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Soldier Meadows Campground is closed for the winter. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities provided, please pack all trash out. Abide by all rules and regulations.
Spattercone Nature Trail Closed to Visitor Closed until late April, 2017
Subway Cave Closed to Visitor Closed through late April, 2017
Subway Cave Self Guided Trail Closed to Visitor
Thousand Lakes Wilderness Open to Visitor
Warner Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Warner Creek Campground is closed for the winter. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, please pack all trash out & abide by all rules and regulations.    
West Eagle Campground Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Legacy Campground

Legacy is a developed campground with 14 sites; maximum of 8 people is allowed per single site; 16 people maximum are allowed per double site. Water and electrical hookups are provided at each site, two sets of hook ups are provided at double site 11.   An RV pay per use dump station is located next to the campground.  Call the Almanor Ranger District for more information at (530) 258-2141.

Ashpan

Snowmobile route

Bridge Picnic Area

Bridge Day Use Area sits along the bubbling waters of Hat Creek.  Picnic tables and barbeques are available.  Great fishing opportunities.

Old Station Visitor Information Center

The Old Station Visitor Information Center is the hub of the Hat Creek recreation area. Here you can view interpretive displays including a living trout exhibit (seasonal) and delightful gardens. It is a pleasant stop to get answers to your forest questions. Maps, wood cutting permits, Christmas tree permits (Nov- Dec) nature books and interpretive items are available for sale.

Eskimo Hill

Winter sports area/snow sledding hill

Fire Danger Level: Low
Areas & Activities