Lassen Volcanic National Park Fees & Reservations

English: Lassen Peak reflected in Manzanita Lake

English: Lassen Peak reflected in Manzanita Lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lassen Volcanic National Park is a beautiful place to visit, but just like many of the other National Parks in the United States, it don’t come for free. It takes a lot of financial investment to keep a place like Lassen Volcanic National Park just as it is today, and entrance fees to the park, though very reasonable are also very important for the upkeep of the park. Every time you pay to enter Lassen Volcanic National Park you’re making an investment into the park, kinda’ makes you feel good don’t it? So what’s it gonna’ cost?

Entrance Fees to Lassen Volcanic National Park

  • Vehicle pass – a vehicle pass to Lassen Volcanic National Park costs $10 and includes all passengers (this is for private vehicles only) for a total of 7 consecutive days.
  • Individual pass – anyone entering Lassen Volcanic National Park on foot, on a motorcycle, bicycle or as part of a non-commercial group must pay $5 each, for 7 consecutive days. That’s less than a dollar a day – bargain.
  • Annual pass – anyone who is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park on a regular basis can pay $25 for an annual pass. It’s valid for 12 months from the month it was first purchased.
Commercial Entrance Fees to Lassen Volcanic National Park
Prices for commercial trips into Lassen Volcanic National Park are worked out on the passenger capacity of the vehicle.
  • Car or sedan with capacity for up to 6 passengers – $25 plus $5 per person (not including the driver)
  • Vehicle with seating capacity for 7 to 15 passengers – $50
  • Vehicle with seating capacity for 16 to 25 passengers – $60
  • Bus with seating capacity for 26 or more passengers – $150
Lassen Volcanic National Park – Fee Free Days
Fee free days are available at the majority of National Parks, and though the dates do vary (I’ve included the dates for 2012), the actual days are generally more or less the same. Remember, these are the 2012 dates!
  • Martin Luther King Junior Weekend – 14 through 16 January
  • National Park Week – 21 through 29 April
  • Get Outdoors Day – 9 June
  • National Public Lands Day – 29 September
  • Veterans Day Weekend – 10 through 12 November

Just a little of what you get to see for your money!

Camping at Lassen Volcanic National Park

There are eight campgrounds in total at Lassen Volcanic National Park, some are developed, some are definitely primitive. Some of the campsites can be reserved, some are strictly on a first come, first served basis.  All of the sites at each campground are equipped with a fire ring, a picnic table and a storage locker to keep your food and other scented items out of the reach of the bears.

Butte Lake Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park – located at the end of Butte Lake Road, south of highway 44 there are few amenities on offer at this remote location. It is, however, a great place to take a hike, a paddle or a dip in the lake.

  • Seasonal opening dates – 8 June through to 30 October weather permitting
  • 101 campsites, 6 of which are accessible
  • Reservations accepted until 18 September, then first come, first served
  • No RV sites available
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Bear proof food storage locker
  • Flush toilets available, although vault toilets only after 18 September
  • Potable water until 18 September
  • Fees – $16 per night, $10 per night after 18 September
  • Pets are permitted

Crags Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park – is on the major park road, around five miles to the south of Manzanita Lake. It’s a great base for access to Crags and Manzanita Lake, the Lost Creek.

  • Opens from the end of May (weather permitting) until 18 September (also weather permitting)
  • 45 campsites
  • Reservations are not possible, this is strictly a first come, first served campground
  • Vault toilets
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Bear proof food storage locker
  • Potable water spigots
  • Pets are permitted
  • $12 per night
  • No RV sites available
Juniper Lake Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park – is not surprisingly on Juniper Lake, the east shore to be more precise. This campground is only accessible via a 13 mile paved and gravel road, the last 6 miles of which is completely unsuitable to any buses, trailers or motorhomes.
  • Opens from the end of June until 16 October – weather permitting
  • 18 campsites
  • Reservations are not possible, this is strictly a first come, first served campground
  • Pit toilets
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Bear proof food storage locker
  • NO POTABLE WATER
  • $10 per night
  • Pets are permitted

Manzanita Lake Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park – is around a mile to the east of the Manzanita Lake entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Ideal for families and suitable for trailers and RV’s.

  • Opens from the 25 May until it is closed by snow.
  • 179 sites in four loops. Loops A & C accept reservations, loops B & D are on a first come, first served basis
  • Some accessible sites are available
  • Flush toilets, although only vault toilets after 16 October
  • Potable water is available until 16 October only
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Bear proof food storage lockers
  • RV dump station (until 16 October)
  • Camper store
  • Coin operated showers
  • Coin operated laundry
  • Kayak rentals available
  • Pets permitted
  • $18 per night, $10 per night after 16 October until snow forces the closure

Summit Lake North & South Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park – is around 12 miles to the south of Manzanita Lake, and a little over 17 miles north of the Southwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. This is kind of two campsites which are combined (the north and the south).

  • Opens from 29 June through to 30 October weather permitting, although Summit Lake North closes earlier on 18 September.
  • 94 sites in the combined campsites.
  • Some campsites can be reserved, some are on a first come, first served basis.
  • A limited number of sites are suitable for RV’s
  • There are flush toilets in the North campground, and pit toilets in the South campground
  • Potable water spigots are available until 18 September.
  • Pets are permitted
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Bear proof food storage lockers
  • $18 per night for the North, $16 per night for the South until 18 September, then $10 per night

Southwest Walk-In Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park – this is a walk-in campground, the clue is in the name, to the east of Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

  • This campground is open all year round, it’s a great place to enjoy a little snow camping during the winter, if you’re up to it
  • There are 21 sites all available as first come, first served – reservations are not accepted.
  • $14 per night
  • Tent camping only (it’s difficult to walk-in with anything else anyhow)
  • Flush toilets until 8 October, but there are flush toilets at the nearby visitor center all year round.
  • Potable water until 8 October, but there is potable water at the nearby visitor center all year round.
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Bear proof food storage lockers
  • Pets permitted

Warner Valley Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park – this campground is approximately 1 mile to the north of the Warner Valley Ranger Station, and is reached along a gravel road, 17 miles to the north of Chester. It’s not recommended for trailers.

  • This campground is open between 17 June through to 25 October weather permitting.
  • There are 18 sites available, first come, first served – reservations are not accepted.
  • Not suitable for RV’s or trailers
  • $14 per night, $10 per night after 20 September
  • Vault toilets
  • Potable water until 20 September only
  • Pets permitted
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Bear proof food storage lockers

Camping at Lassen Volcanic National Park – The Rules and Regs

All of the campgrounds at Lassen Volcanic National Park have rules and regulations which you must stick to. It’s for your sake, the sake of the park and the sake of the other campers.

  • Campsites are suitable for a maximum of three tents, six people plus two vehicles.
  • Bear proof food storage lockers are provided at all campsites – use them. These food storage lockers measure 30 cubic feet, and all food, including pet food must be safely stored within them. It’s illegal to feed any of the wildlife in the park, the frightening and disturbing of wildlife is also illegal so please act responsibly.
  • Generators may be used between the hours of 8am – 8pm but you are asked to try to minimize the disturbance as much as possible. Campground quiet hours are between 10pm and 6am.
  • Fire rings are provided at the campsite, but you are not permitted to saw, chop or break any trees, whether they are dead or alive. You may gather dead wood from the ground. You may only have a campfire within the alloted fire ring. Never leave campfires unattended.
  • Dishes should be washed at the campsite, and not at water spigots or in restrooms. Water spigots must not be used for washing clothes, hair or bathing. You can dispose of any strained dishwater down one of the grates at the front of the restrooms or in the industrial sinks provided. All trash must be stored in the appropriate bins, all recyclables must be stored in the appropriate bins too.
  • Pets are welcome at the campgrounds in Lassen Volcanic National Park, but must be kept on a leash of not more than 6 feet at all times. Pets must never be left unattended in the park. Owners must clean up after their pets at all times.

Permits for Lassen Volcanic National Park

Stock Use Permit – any visitors who wish to bring horses or other pack animals into Lassen Volcanic National Park must have a stock day use permit, which can be obtained from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or the Loomis Museum.
Wilderness Camping Permit – Lassen National Park is the perfect place to really get away from it all, and there’s no way to better get away from it all than to enjoy a little wilderness camping. All back country camping trips to the park do require that you have a wilderness camping permit.
  • You may not wild camp within a half mile of a park road or developed area, unless you’re on a designated camping ground
  • You may not camp within a quarter mile of any hydrothermal features including
  • Ensure that all food and scented items are securely stored both during the day and at night time. You must use animal proof containers or hanging containers. Make sure that any canisters are securely locked and stored around 200 feet from your tent.
  • Campfires are not permitted when back country camping
  • Pets, bicycles and vehicles are not permitted on the trails.

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