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 National Forest 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.
Popular Recreation Activities
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Recreation Conditions Report
|Area Name||Status||Area Conditions|
|Alder Creek Campground||Closed||Tentatively closed for 2022.|
|Almanor RV Dump Station||Open||.|
|Ashpan||Closed||Ashpan Groomed Snowmobile System is closed for the season.|
|Battle Creek Campground||Closed||Assessing the hazardous trees to determine if it is feasible to open the campground.|
|Big Pine Campground||Open||Big Pine Campground is open for the summer season.|
|Black Rock Campground||Open||This dispersed area and trailhead is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.|
|Bogard Visitor Center||Closed||.|
|Bridge Campground||Open||Bridge Campground opens Wednesday, April 26 for the summer season.|
|Bridge Day Use Picnic Area||Closed||Bridge Day Use Picnic Area is closed until further notice.|
|Bunchgrass Trailhead||Unreachable||Conditions may change rapidly. Be prepared for inclement weather. Road access to TH closed to wheeled vehicles December 26 - March 31.|
|Butte Creek||Closed||This campground still has large snow drifts. With warming weather snow is melting, but it is not accessible yet.|
|Butte Meadows Campground||Closed||Butte Meadows will close October 3, 2022. Until water testing is completed, a boil order is in place.|
|Canyon Dam Boat Launch||None||Open year round with minimal service available.|
|Caribou Lake Trailhead||Open||This trailhead is generally always open to the public. The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion. Please pack in/pack out.|
|Cave Campground||Open||Cave Campground opens Wednesday, April 26 for the summer season.|
|Cherry Hill Campground||Closed||Currently working on clearing area. Cherry Hill will close on October 3, 2022.|
|Christie Day Use||Open|
|Colby Meadows Winter Recreation Area||None||Open to non-winter public use|
|Cold Springs||Open||This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion.|
|Crater Lake||Closed||Snow is currently preventing access to this area.|
|Deer Creek Falls||Open||This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.|
|Deer Creek Trailhead North||Open||This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.|
|Domingo Springs Campground||Closed||Domingo Springs will close on October 3, 2022.|
|Echo Lake Campground||Closed||Likely closed for multiple season due to fire damage. Unsafe to occupy due to hazardous trees.|
|Elam Creek Picnic Area||Open||Elam Picnic Area will close during snowfall and inclement weather.|
|Eskimo Hill||Closed||Eskimo Hill is closed for the season.|
|Fredonyer Parking Area Snowpark||Open||The restroom is open and being serviced and maintained.|
|Gurnsey Creek Campground||Closed||This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice.|
|Hat Creek Campground||Open||Hat Creek Campground opens Wednesday, April 26 for the summer season.|
|Hat Creek Group Camp||Open||Hat Creek Group Campground opens Wednesday, April 26 for the summer season. To make 2023 reservations go to: recreation.gov.|
|Hat Creek Rim Overlook||Open|
|Hay Meadows Trailhead||Closed||Trailhead currently closed. Note: Horse coral has been destroyed. Estimated replacement unknown.|
|Heart Lake Recreation Trail||Closed||Logs and debris on trail|
|High Bridge Campground||Closed||Likely closed for multiple season due to fire damage. Unsafe to occupy due to hazardous trees.|
|Hole-in-the-Ground Campground||Open||No services. Pack in/pack out.|
|Ishi Wilderness||None||The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion.|
|Legacy Campground||Open||Dry camping only. No water available.|
|Locherman Canyon||Closed||The Locherman Canyon restroom facility has been damaged by gunshots. Anyone with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the damage may call the Almanor Ranger District at 530.258.2141. Locherman Canyon is closed for the winter.|
|McCarthy Point Lookout||Closed||McCarthy Point Lookout will close on October 3, 2022.|
|Mill Creek Trailhead/Black Rock Campground||Open||This dispersed area is generally open to the public Spring through Fall. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.|
|Moak Trailhead||Open||This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.|
|Mud Lake Trailhead||Open||The Mud Lake Trail Head for the Pacific Crest Trail is open for the season.|
|Old Station Day Use Picnic||Open|
|Old Station Visitor Information Center||Open||The Old Station Visitor Information Center is open for the 2023 summer season.|
|Potato Patch Campground||Open||Potato Patch will close on October 10, 2022.|
|Rocky Campground||Open||Rocky Campground is open for the summer season.|
|Rocky Knoll Campground||Closed||Tentatively closed for 2022.|
|Roxie Peconom Campground||Open|
|Silver Bowl Campground||Open||No Services. Pack-In/Pack-Out.|
|Soldier Meadows Campground||Open||No services. Pack-In/Pack-Out.|
|Spatter Cones Nature Trail||Open|
|Subway Cave||Open||Subway Cave is Open. Visitor donations can be made at the Old Station visitor center.|
|Thousand Lakes Wilderness||Unreachable||Thousand Lakes Wilderness is generally open June to October depending when roads become driveable after snow has melted in the spring and in the fall when roads are not driveable due to snow and ice. The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion.|
|Warner Creek Campground||Closed||Unsafe to occupy due to hazardous trees.|
|West Eagle Campground||Open|
Current Conditions: Dry camping only. No water available.
Legacy is a developed campground near Lake Almanor 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.
Ashpan is closed for the season.
Snowmobile staging area for the Ashpan Groomed Snowmobile System.
Bridge Day Use Picnic Area
Bridge Day Use Picnic Area is closed until further notice.
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 and help to plan your trip to the Hat Creek region. Maps, wood cutting permits, Christmas tree permits (Nov- Dec) nature books and interpretive items are available for purchase.
Old Station Discovery Gardens: Join us for a stroll through the world of plants and learn how they relate to you and your national forests. The garden is an opportunity to bring nature to our door and witness ecology at work. The gardens are nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountain Range, in the Hat Creek Valley.
Call the Hat Creek Ranger District Office, 530-336-5521 for assistance.
Winter sports area/snow sledding hill.