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
Almanor Beach Closed to Visitor
Almanor Campground Closed to Visitor Almanor North is open, first come, first served. Almanor
Almanor RV Dump Station Closed to Visitor
Ashpan Closed to Visitor
Aspen Grove Open to Visitor
Battle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Pine Campground Open to Visitor
Black Oak Grove    This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion. 
Black Rock Campground Closed to Visitor This dispersed area and trailhead is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.
Bogard Campground Open to Visitor
Bogard Visitor Center Closed to Visitor
Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice.
Bridge Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Bunchgrass Trailhead Open to Visitor Conditions may change rapidly. Be prepared for inclement weather. Road access to TH closed to wheeled vehicles December 26 - March 31.
Butte Creek Open to Visitor
Butte Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor
Canyon Dam Boat Launch Open to Visitor Open with minimal service available.
Caribou Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor This trailhead is generally always open to the public. The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion.
Cave Campground Open to Visitor
Cherry Hill Campground Closed to Visitor
Christie Campground Open to Visitor
Christie Day Use Open to Visitor
Colby Meadows Winter Recreation Area    Open to non-winter public use
Cold Springs Open to Visitor This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion.
Crater Lake Open to Visitor
Deer Creek Falls Open to Visitor This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.
Deer Creek Trailhead North Open to Visitor This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.
Domingo Springs Campground Closed to Visitor
Dusty Campground Open to Visitor
Eagle Campground Open to Visitor
Echo Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Elam Campground Open to Visitor 66
Elam Creek Rest Area Closed to Visitor
Eskimo Hill Open to Visitor
Fredonyer Parking Area Snowpark Closed to Visitor The restroom is open and being serviced and maintained.
Gallatin Beach Closed to Visitor
Gallatin Marina Open to Visitor
Goumaz Closed to Visitor
Gurnsey Creek Campground Closed to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice.
Hat Creek Campground Open to Visitor This campground is situated along the banks of Hat Creek. There are great adventures to be had here, with access to the scenic Spattercone Trail just across the street, and Subway Cave a mile away.
Hat Creek Group Camp Closed to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice. Please check back with us for updates on the opening of recreation sites.
Hat Creek Rim Overlook Open to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice. Come by to 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. 
Hay Meadows Trailhead Open to Visitor The Hay Meadows trailhead is generally open year-round, although not always accessible due to snow and weather. The facilities are not currently maintained.
Heart Lake Recreation Trail Open to Visitor Logs and debris on trail
High Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor
Hole-in-the-Ground Campground Closed to Visitor
Honn Campground Closed to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice. Please check back with us for updates on the opening of recreation sites.  This quaint campground is nestled in the trees and has amazing fishing access. Although small, it offers great sized sites.
Ishi Wilderness Open to Visitor The Ishi Wilderness is generally always open to the public. The area is not currently maintained, use at your discretion.
Legacy Campground Open to Visitor
Locherman Canyon Closed to Visitor 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 to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice.
Merrill Campground Closed to Visitor
Mill Creek Trailhead/Black Rock Campground Closed to Visitor This dispersed area is generally open to the public Spring through Fall. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.
Moak Trailhead Open to Visitor This dispersed area is generally always open to the public. The area is not maintained, use at your discretion.
Mud Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor The Mud Lake Trail Head for the Pacific Crest Trail is open for the season. Visit this quiet spot for overnight camping along the trail.  There is plenty of turn around space for horse trailers.
Old Station Day Use Picnic Closed to Visitor Stop in for a picnic beneath the trees or try your hand at fishing renown Hat Creek.
Old Station Visitor Information Center Closed to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice.
Panoramic Point Open to Visitor
Potato Patch Campground Open to Visitor
Rocky Campground Closed to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice. This campground is tucked away and offers a peaceful place to stay.
Rocky Knoll Campground Closed to Visitor
Roxie Peconom Campground Closed to Visitor
Silver Bowl Campground Closed to Visitor
Soldier Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the remainder of 2020.
Spattercone Nature Trail Open to Visitor 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 a self-guided trail. Explore the underground world through a lava tube and enjoy a picnic beneath the pines.
Thousand Lakes Wilderness Open to Visitor Come visit the beautiful Thousand Lakes Wilderness. There are several lakes scattered throughout mountainous volcanic formations, rocky ravines, open meadows and stands of red fir and lodge pole pine. Wildlife is abundant here and home to deer, bears, goshawks and much more! You are welcome to do a day hike or enjoy a beautiful evening amongst the stars. Conditions may change rapidly. Be prepared for inclement weather.
Warner Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
West Eagle Campground Closed to Visitor This developed recreation site is currently closed until further notice.

Spotlights

Legacy Campground

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

Snowmobile staging area for the Ashpan Groomed Snowmobile System

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



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/lassen/recreation