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 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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Creek Campground Open to Visitor Alder Creek Campground is open for the summer..
Almanor Beach Open to Visitor open for the summer.
Almanor Campground Open to Visitor
  • The Almanor South Campground is open. Almanor Group is open.
  • The Almanor North Campground is open.
Almanor RV Dump Station Open to Visitor Open for the summer.
Ashpan Open to Visitor Wheeled vehicle restriction through March 31, 2107
Aspen Grove Open to Visitor
Battle Creek Campground Open to Visitor Battle Creek Campground is open for the summer
Big Pine Campground Open to Visitor Big Pine Campground is open for the season. Come and enjoy a peaceful night camping beneath the whispering pines.
Bogard Campground Open to Visitor
Bogard Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open.
Bridge Campground Open to Visitor Bridge Campground is open for the season. Join us for a quiet stay beneath the trees and, perhaps take a stroll down the Fisherman's Trail. 
Bridge Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Butte Meadows Campground Open to Visitor Butte Meadows Campground is open for the summer.
Canyon Dam Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Cherry Hill Campground Open to Visitor Cherry Hill Campground is open for the summer.
Christie Campground Closed to Visitor .Christie Campground is closed for the season.
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 Open to Visitor Domingo Springs Campground is open for the summer.
Eagle Campground Open to Visitor
Elam Campground Open to Visitor Elam Campground is open for the summer...
Elam Creek Rest Area Open to Visitor Open for the summer. One restroom is open, other will open later.
Eskimo Hill Open to Visitor Variable snow conditions
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 Open to Visitor
Hat Creek Rim Overlook Open to Visitor Hat Creek Rim Overlook is open.  Take in the view of the stunning landscape, learn a little about the local history, and perhaps take a walk along the Pacific Crest Trail. 
Heart Lake Recreation Trail Open to Visitor Logs and debris on trail
High Bridge Campground Open to Visitor High Bridge is open for the summer.
Hole-in-the-Ground Campground Open to Visitor Hole-in da Ground Campground open for the summer.
Legacy Campground Open to Visitor Legacy Campground is open for the summer.
McCarthy Point Lookout Open to Visitor Open for the summer.
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 Old Station Picnic Area is open. Stop in for a picnic beneath the trees or try your hand at fishing reknown Hat Creek.
Old Station Visitor Information Center Open to Visitor Old Station Visitor's Center is open Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 4:00 pm. 
Panoramic Point Open to Visitor
Potato Patch Campground Open to Visitor Potato Patch Campground is open for the summer.
Rocky Knoll Campground Open to Visitor Rocky Knoll Campground is open for the summer.
Roxie Peconom Campground Open to Visitor Open.
Silver Bowl Campground Open to Visitor Silver Bowl Campground open for the summer.
Soldier Meadows Campground Open to Visitor Soldier Meadows Campground is open for the summer.
Spattercone Nature Trail Open to Visitor Spatter Cones Nature Trail is currently open for the season.  Hike along the fissure of the Hat Creek Lava Flow.  Check out the cones and craters and enjoy a spectacular view of Lassen Peak to the south.
Subway Cave Open to Visitor Subway Cave is open for the season.  Explore the underground world through a lava tube and enjoy a picnic beneath the pines.
Subway Cave Self Guided Trail Open to Visitor Subway Cave is currently open for the season. 
Thousand Lakes Wilderness Open to Visitor Snow conditions still exists. Some trailheads may still be unreachable.
Warner Creek Campground Open to Visitor Warner Creek Campground is open for the summer.
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

Areas & Activities

Highlights