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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 Closed to Visitor Alder Creek Campground is closed for the winter.
Almanor Beach Closed to Visitor Closed for the season...
Almanor Campground Closed to Visitor
  • The Almanor South Campground &. Almanor Group is closed for the winter.
  • The Almanor North Campground is closed for the season. Dispersed camping is available with no services provided. Please pack it in, pack it out.
Almanor RV Dump Station Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter
Ashpan Open to Visitor Wheeled vehicle restrictions in effect from December 26, 2018 through March 31, 2019.
Aspen Grove Open to Visitor
Battle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Battle Creek Campground is closed for the winter.
Big Pine Campground Closed to Visitor Big Pine Campground is closed for the season. The campground will re-open on April 26, 2019. Come and enjoy a peaceful night camping beneath the whispering pines.
Bogard Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter
Bogard Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open.
Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter
Bridge Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Butte Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Butte Meadows Campground is closd for the season, dispersed camping is available. Please pack it in, pack it out.
Canyon Dam Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Cherry Hill Campground Closed to Visitor Cherry Hill Campground is closed for the winter..
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 Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter
Eagle Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter
Elam Campground Closed to Visitor Elam Campground is closed for the winter
Elam Creek Rest Area Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter
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 Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Hat Creek Rim Overlook Closed to Visitor Hat Creek Rim Overlook is closed for the winter season.  It will reopen in late April, 2019. 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. 
Heart Lake Recreation Trail Open to Visitor Logs and debris on trail
High Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor High Bridge is closed for the winter...
Hole-in-the-Ground Campground Closed to Visitor Hol in the Ground Campground is closed for the season. Dispersed camping is available with no services provided. Please pack it in, pack it out.
Legacy Campground Closed to Visitor Legacy Campground is closed for the season.
McCarthy Point Lookout Closed to Visitor Closed for the season..
Merrill Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter
Mud Lake Trailhead Closed to Visitor The Mud Lake Trail Head for the Pacific Crest Trail is closed for the winter. The facilities will reopen in late April. 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 Old Station Picnic Area is closed for the season.  It will reopen for fishing season at the end of April. 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 through December 15, 2018. 
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 Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter
Silver Bowl Campground Closed to Visitor Silver Bowl Campground is closed for the winter.
Soldier Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Soldier Meadows Campground is closed for the season. Dispersed camping is available with no services provided. Please pack it in, pack it out.
Spattercone Nature Trail Closed to Visitor Spatter Cones Nature Trail is currently open through November 15, 2018, weather permitting.  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 Closed to Visitor Subway Cave is open through November 15, 2018, weather permitting.  Explore the underground world through a lava tube and enjoy a picnic beneath the pines.
Subway Cave Self Guided Trail Closed to Visitor Subway Cave is currently closed for the season. 
Thousand Lakes Wilderness Open to Visitor Conditions may change rapidly. Be prepared for inclement weather.
Warner Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Warner Creek Campground is closed for the winter. Dispersed camping is available. Please pack it in, pack it out.
West Eagle Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter

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 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