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Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground)

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California


Lassen Peak Hwy 89
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California 96063
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Sites: 179
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 40.53234
Longitude: -121.56344

Elevation: 5884' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 141
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Not the worst NPS campground I've seen by far. Still, they do have some significant problems. Asphalt roads and sites, well spaced for the most part, roads easily maneuverable. Most sites are off level (some quite a bit) and seem to run on the short side. Longer pull thrus, as noted, tend to have the tight curve problem for big rigs. The site we wound up with as the best of bad leveling alternatives wasn't long enough for the toad to park all the way on the asphalt. Closest Verizon signal is miles away, no wifi at the camp store or museum/visitor center. Unclear if the dump fee is required for those camping but we figured we'd pay anyway. Would have asked a camp host if we'd seen one but no evidence of one. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

The Good: Location. The Bad: An additional fee to use dump station. This is a very popular campground because of the location within Lassen Volcanic NP. Amidst a forest of large evergreens (mostly Jeffrey pines) with ground cover mostly comprised of pine needles and smaller trees. Verizon: No service in campground; very limited at camp store Roads To: park roads, decent quality asphalt Interior Roads: good asphalt, mostly flat & level, enough turns that longer rigs need to exercise care Parking pad: asphalt, mostly flat, but degree of levelness varies. Our first night was in C46, a back-in which was flat but with a 2.8 degree tilt to the left. It was also short for our 23' motorhome, but we were able to keep the wheels on the pad and let the tail end hang over. Our second night was in A29, which was flat, level and long enough for the rig. (We had pre-reserved A-29, but made a last-minute change, came in a day early, and were lucky enough to find C46 on a first-come basis.) Pricing: Fee is $26 ($13 with pass). Dump station is an additional fee, on top of the camping fee. $8 ($4 for seniors). Without the 50% senior discount, the total cost, including on-line reservation, would have been a whopping $42, which seems pricey for a site with no power and no water, but still a good value given the setting and location. Water: available only at the dump station Dump station: near entrance Showers: available at the camp store for $1.75 for 3 minutes. The better option for us was to shower in the RV and pay the dump fee "A" loop seemed closer together than "C" loop - neighbors more visible. May have been just the sites we selected. Definitely look for sites at the ends of the loops, so you have fewer neighbors. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C46 - A49
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Camp store (within walking distance) has soft-serve ice cream. Many wonderful places to go in Lassen.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed 2 nights at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. This pretty campground is in a forested area, with bear boxes, picnic tables and fire rings for each site. Our site was spacious and required minimal leveling. As with many National Park campgrounds, the pull through sites have a sharp bend, so will likely be challenging for larger rigs. The unlabeled fork in the road for A Loop is a short cut to the higher numbered sites - stay right for the full circuit, left for the higher site numbers. Our site (A48) was a bit close to the access road, so there were a number of people walking by, as well as some vehicle traffic. The dump station had an $8 fee ($4 for seniors), but was one of the nicer ones, with the screw threads not cut off the hoses so we could use our black water flush connection and refill fresh water. We enjoyed our stay, and would be happy to visit again. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A48
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Burney Falls was lovely, but the lot fills early on summer weekends. Subway Cave is fun; bring a sweater and flashlight. Parking a trailer there could be an issue as there are no dedicated spots for RVs. The alternative trail to Bumpass Hell (during the renovation of the original trail) is challenging, with over 1000 foot elevation gain and a lot of hard packed snow covering parts of the trail, even in mid July.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

When we reserved our site we entered the size of our RV and selected from the sites provided. We chose a pull-through arc shaped site & found that because of the shape and the trees we could not get into it from the proper direction off the one-way road. Had to make a quick trip the wrong way round to pull in. Even that was tight because of the trees and shape of the arc. But it had the advantage of putting our door on the picnic table side rather than the road. There is water in the campground, a dump station, and showers in season. The campground is in the forest and quite lovely and quiet. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A03
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here in a 30 foot class C with a Jeep as a toad. The sites are small and tough for big rigs. They are long, but turn sharp. The biggest take away is there are not many level sites, so bring lots of leveling blocks. We didn't have enough travel in our auto levelers. We picked up some more blocks in Berny at the Ace Hardware (nice RV selection). Don't miss Berny Falls. Amazing! We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C28
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The hike to the Kings Creek Falls. Make sure you go all the way to the observation deck. Some people thought the first falls were King Falls. The trip back is worth it up the steps. Beautiful and amazing!

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Review Count: 108
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We had checked information before going to this campground and saw that it indicated sites that were 45' - we figured we'd find something for our 43' motorhome. While there are pull through sites that may be as long as 45' (maybe even longer), they are tightly curved crescent shapes which are not amenable to large motorhomes with long wheelbases. We found one that was available on a night-to-night basis (it is supposed to be a group site, I guess) and backed into half of it, with our tires all on the asphalt but hanging over on the side and back. Since we couldn't know for sure that we would be able to stay more than one night, we did all the things we had planned to do on the one day we were there. As it turned out, we could have stayed another night, but we didn't know until late evening and by then we were ready to head out the next day anyway. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B20
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

A typical National Park campground. Huge number of spaces. Lots of big trees, but little privacy as there is no shrubbery or smaller trees between sites. In our loop the trees were so numerous that very little sunlight could get through. We were amused to watch someone in a huge rig try and back into the site across from us. He hit up against a boulder several times while yelling at his wife who was trying to give him directions. I would not say this is a good campground for big rigs as the roads are pretty narrow and the entrance into many of the sites is at a difficult angle. Manzanita Lake which is more like a pond can be walked to nearby but it is not for swimming. The whole place is a bit Disneyland-like, which we find is often the case with National Park campgrounds. This one is no exception. Next time we will stay outside the park. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 141
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

We were looking for a CG in the general area with water and a dump station. We're self contained and don't use the facilities. We stayed on a Saturday night in mid-September. This is a pleasant CG inside the Lassen Volcanic NP. There are 4 loops - A sites were slightly larger, B sites were mostly first come first serve, D Loop was tents only. We didn't see the C Loop. We arrived at 5pm and got the last site in the B loop. There a mix of campsites, some are larger, some are pull through, pull over, back in, some are better for RVs or tents. Most have shade, some more than others. Some have asphalt pads, others are gravel. Most need some leveling. There's a dump station near the entrance with potable water. Neither water hose had a hose fitting, only a cut off hose. There's no wifi. There was a weak Verizon cell signal near the store and dump station, no signal at the campsite. There are kayaks for rent at the CG store. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B29
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Manzanita Lake is a short walk from the campsites. There's a Ranger Station and Visitor Center just outside the CG. The Lassen Volcanic NP scenic drive is pretty. There's much hiking in the NP.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

After 49 years after last camped here, I stayed a night at the Manzanita Lake Campground and it is as beautiful as I remembered it. As this is a national park campground, it is dry-camping only but there's water available and a dump station. Nearby, is a store, gas station and boat rentals. It is just inside the north entrance to the park. Each site has a bear-proof food locker. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B48
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Site A-37 Reservable, level, pull-through. Both sun for solar charge and afternoon shade. Spacious, beautiful and well maintained. Potable water and flush toilets next to our site. Trail to the lake was close by. Great camp store that has gasoline. Only drawback was a pesky chipmunk. One of our favorite campgrounds. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-37
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great National Park campground - clean, quiet and beautiful. Our only issue was the road through the park was still closed due to snow and we camped July 4 - so we missed seeing many things on our list. Our granddaughters enjoyed kayaking. The trail around Manzanita Lake was easy and scenic. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful campground at the northwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. The campsites are spaced out fairly well and most are shaded under the pines. Quite a few longer back-in and some pull-through sites to fit a variety of rigs. We stayed in site B48 with our 24' fifth wheel and there was still plenty of room to park our truck alongside. There are also some newer, clean camping cabins that you can stay in if you don't want to do the full-on camping experience. We appreciated how quiet this campground is, as it is not close to any major roads and campers are spaced far enough apart to not make too much noise. They also hand-empty the garbage bins so there isn't the racket of garbage trucks in the morning (something Yosemite is notorious for!). The camp hosts and rangers were also kind and helpful. The highlight of this campground is the gorgeous little lake that is within walking distance. The views of Mount Lassen and the Chaos Crags from the Northwest end of the lake are absolutely breathtaking. We saw a bald eagle flying, fish jumping, and heard many birds singing as we leisurely hiked around the lake. Next time we will bring our kayak and paddle out on it to watch the sunset from the water. Added bonus: a camp store that sells basic camp necessities, tasteful souvenirs, and ice cream! We camp at A LOT of state and national park campgrounds, and Manzanita Lake CG is now one of our new favorites. We will definitely be back! We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B48
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Walk or kayak Manzanita Lake at sunset and watch the mountains change from gold to pink to blue as the light fades from the sky. Breathtaking!

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $69.00
Overall Rating:

The cabin itself was spotless, in a heavily wooded area. Nice camper store, fully stocked and gifts too. Pay showers were disgusting, half of them were out of service. Right next to the lake. Worth staying here. It was noisy though, apparently there is no noise enforcement. People yelling at the top of their lungs till past dark. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Cabin.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the A loop, with reservations. Site was nice, not too close to neighbors. Shaded; good for heat, bad for solar. We enjoyed our 3 nights. Facilities were OK, flush toilets but nothing else. There are showers at the camp store within walking distance. Store also has typical groceries and food, and a snack bar and souvenirs, and gasoline. It is near Manzanita lake with fishing and boating (no motors). We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
A11
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Lassen is great with lots of hiking. See Bumpass Hell and at least one waterfall, and if you are in good shape, to the top of Lassen Peak. It is "volcanic" park as there are lots of volcanic features including the 4 types of volcanoes. Fascinating scenery.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in late September during the week, so it was pretty empty and very quiet. They start closing things up around the park at this time though. I think all the other campgrounds in the park were already closed. The campground roads looked newly paved. We had a long pull-through site. We love the beauty and fresh air of national parks. Lake Manzanita is just beautiful. This campground is a great base for exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park which is just amazing. We stayed three nights. There are no hookups, but they have a dump station ($5) where you can also fill your fresh water tank. There is no cell phone reception at the campgrounds, but if you drive one mile up the main highway (highway 89) to point of interest #14 (Chaos Jumbles I believe), there is decent 4G reception. Also beware of the squirrels and chipmunks. They somehow got into our minivan and shredded some paper towels. We later found that they had stashed a bunch of pine nuts in the compartment where the third row seats are stowed. The camp host said they also steal the insulation from the engine compartment to use for their bedding. We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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