Recreation


Sledders at Eskimo Hill snow play area

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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

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Creek Campground Closed Closed 2023: Currently closed for hazard tree clean-up.
Almanor Beach Open Open
Almanor Campground Closed Closed Almanor South Closed 9/22/2023. Almanor North closed 10/17/2023.
Almanor RV Dump Station Open Open .
Ashpan Open Open Ashpan Groomed Snowmobile System is open for the season.
Aspen Grove Closed Closed .
Battle Creek Campground Closed Closed Dry camping only. Boil water from site. Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Big Pine Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 9, 2023.
Black Rock Campground Closed Closed The dispersed area and trailhead is generally open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion. The campground is closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Bogard Campground Open Open Generally, opens in Spring after snow melt & closes in Fall/Winter with the snow.
Bogard Visitor Center Closed Closed .
Bridge Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 9, 2023.
Bridge Day Use Picnic Area Closed Closed Bridge Day Use Picnic Area is closed until further notice.
Bunchgrass Trailhead None None This trailhead is not maintained. Conditions may change rapidly. Be prepared for inclement weather. Road access to TH closed to wheeled vehicles December 26 - March 31.
Butte Creek Open Open Generally, opens in Spring after snow melt & closes in Fall/Winter with the snow.
Butte Meadows Campground Closed Closed Butte Meadows hazard tree removal completed mid-June. Water system is being treated. Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Canyon Dam Boat Launch None None Open year round with minimal service available.
Caribou Lake Trailhead Open 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 Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 9, 2023. North Loop currently left Open, seasonal weather permitting.
Cherry Hill Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 6, 2023.
Christie Campground Closed Closed
Christie Day Use Open Open
Colby Meadows Winter Recreation Area None None Open to non-winter public use
Cold Springs Open Open This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion.
Crater Lake Open Open Mid-June crews are working to clean-up the area but some sites may still pose hazards and be snowed in. Dry camping only is available at this time as the water systems are being tested.
Deer Creek Falls Open 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 Open This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.
Domingo Springs Campground Closed Closed No garbage or restroom service. Closes for the season October 6, 2023.
Dusty Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 9, 2023.
Eagle Campground Open Open
Echo Lake Campground Closed Closed Likely closed for multiple season due to fire damage. Unsafe to occupy due to hazardous trees.
Elam Campground Closed Closed
Elam Creek Picnic Area Open Open Elam Picnic Area will close during snowfall and inclement weather.
Eskimo Hill Open Open Eskimo Hill is open for the season.
Fredonyer Parking Area Snowpark Open Open The restroom is open and being serviced and maintained.
Gallatin Beach Open Open
Gallatin Marina Open Open
Goumaz Open Open
Gurnsey Creek Campground Closed Closed Dry camping only. Boil water from site. Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Hat Creek Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 9, 2023.Until further notice, when opened, Hat Creek Campground will be available for DRY camping only while we replace the pump at the water tank.
Hat Creek Group Camp Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 9, 2023.Until further notice, when opened, Hat Creek Group Campground will be available for DRY camping only while we replace the pump at the water tank. To make 2024 reservations go to: recreation.gov when the season opens again.
Hat Creek Rim Overlook Open Open
Hay Meadows Trailhead Closed Closed Trailhead currently closed.  Note: Horse coral has been destroyed. Estimated replacement unknown.
Heart Lake Recreation Trail Closed Closed Logs and debris on trail
High Bridge Campground Closed Closed Likely closed for multiple season due to fire damage. Unsafe to occupy due to hazardous trees.
Hole-in-the-Ground Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Honn Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season.
Ishi Wilderness None None The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion.
Legacy Campground Closed Closed Dry camping only. No water available. Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Locherman Canyon Closed 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 Closed McCarthy Point Lookout will close on October 3, 2022.
Merrill Campground Open Open Closed for the season as of 10/31/2023.
Mill Creek Trailhead/Black Rock Campground Open 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 Open This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.
Mud Lake Trailhead Open Open The Mud Lake Trail Head for the Pacific Crest Trail is open for the season.
Old Station Day Use Picnic Open Open
Old Station Visitor Information Center Open Open The Old Station Visitor Information Center is open for the 2023 summer season.
Panoramic Point Open Open
Potato Patch Campground Closed Closed Use caution, one site still closed for hazard tree removal & clean-up. Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Rocky Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season.
Rocky Knoll Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season starting October 2, 2023.
Roxie Peconom Campground Open Open
Silver Bowl Campground Closed Closed No Services. Pack-In/Pack-Out. Expect wet road conditions. Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Soldier Meadows Campground Closed Closed No services. Pack-In/Pack-Out. Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Spatter Cones Nature Trail Open Open
Subway Cave Open Open Subway Cave is Open. Visitor donations can be made at the Old Station visitor center.
Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park Open Open
Thousand Lakes Wilderness Open Open 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 Closed Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
West Eagle Campground Closed Closed

Spotlights

Legacy Campground

Almanor Legacy Campground

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

Ashpan is open 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

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.

Eskimo Hill

Winter sports area/snow sledding hill.

Recreation Areas