The best camping near Lassen National Forest

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Lassen National Forest adventure.

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96% (67 reviews)

Crossroads of California offers year-round recreation in volcanic, alpine, and wilderness terrain.  

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Mill Creek Resort

48 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents12 acres · Mineral, CA
Welcome! We’re Jillian and Joe, along with our sidekicks Sonora + Ayla, the brains and the brawn behind Mill Creek Resort. Since 2017, we have been pouring every ounce of our love and energy into this landmark 1930’s resort. We take great pride in honoring it's rich history while creating a space for the next generation of mountain adventurers. Nestled in 12 acres of cedars and towering pines on the south side of Lassen Volcanic National Park, we offer 9 cabins open year-round, along with 17 campsites, some featuring glamping tents and 8 RV spots, one featuring a vintage 70's trailer and 2015 modern RV. We hope your path leads you here to experience all that Lassen has to offer. Miles of trails, pristine waters, dark skies, and wildlife abound, all awaiting to be discovered. Find your Wild, be kind, and leave no trace.
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Kosk Creek Campgrounds

25 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Big Bend, CA
We are a 400 acre ranch nestled in the mountains of Shasta County. There is a mile long creek that runs through the property. We have multiple hot spring pools ranging in various temperatures. Dry and overland campsites available. Activities: Boating, hiking, kayaking, 4x4, mountain bike, and fishing.
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Camp Stoney Meadows

13 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents120 acres · Big Bend, CA
Our 120 acres is adjacent to Shasta Trinity National Forest in the beautiful Cascade Range between Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta. It's a working ranch with tree farms, animals, hydroelectric power, sawmill, gardens, orchards, creeks, springs, trails, and our camp alongside Kosk Creek. We're 54 miles from Redding off of 299E, (about 1-1/2 hour drive). DO NOT TAKE ROAD 11 FROM THE NORTH, IT IS CLOSED! The last mile or so of the road here can be pretty rough, but on arrival, you'll know it's worth the trip! No Cell phone service available here, so it's the perfect opportunity to unplug. We do have a land line up at the house in case of an emergency. Also, if you really need it, WiFi is available at the house.
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Coppercreek Camp

17 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents117 acres · Greenville, CA
Learn more about this land: Coppercreek Camp is your mountain escape with fresh air and dark night skies perfect for star gazing. Come stay in a cabin or with friends and family and enjoy endless miles of hiking, biking, and riding trails. Coppercreek Camp is located in Plumas County 10 minutes from Lake Almanor, the Feather River, and Round Valley Lake. We are an hour from Lassen National Park.  Picnic by our ponds, play in our sandpit volleyball court, relax in a hammock, watch your kids put on a show at our amphitheater, and watch the sunset over Keddie Peak. The frogs and crickets will sing you to sleep. Our bunk cabins are rustic with electricity, windows and doors, and each cabin has different bed accommodations. Please bring all of your own bedding and sleeping bags. May through October there is a bath and shower house with hot water and flush toilets. Propane fire pits are available for rent. We have an ice machine on in the summer months located by our Main Lodge. The winters are cold and snowy, spring and fall are ideal with warm sunny days and cool, crisp nights, and the summer has warm evenings and hot days. There is plenty of shade with large pine, cedar and oak trees and pen sunny space in the meadow. Coppercreek Camp is your perfect mountain getaway for the whole family! Please note: The Dixie fire burned our town of Greenville and through our property in August 2021. There is ongoing repair work in the local area, a lot of burned forest, but still many beautiful sites to see. Much of our property burned, but we are rebuilding and have beautiful green trees with plenty of shade. Please come and support our special town as we rebuild! The town of Greenville is located about 5 minutes from our property and offers a grocery store, Dollar General, gas station with mini mart, and wonderful food trucks. Grab the best quesadillas and drinks from the Way Baby or delicious coffee and breakfast from The Valley Grind.
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Peter's Forest Vacation Rentals

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents18 acres · Shingletown, CA
Living Springs Resort, a peaceful campground nestled in the woods with majestic tall pine and cedar trees close to Lassen Volcanic National Park. There's also a lake and a year round creek with fish on the property where you can relax in the natural & peaceful wooded setting . Quiet and beautiful place to enjoy with your friends and family. Guests from all backgrounds are welcome.The "LIVE" well water is drinkable and extremely clean straight out of the volcanic ground without anything added to it, lab tested every month.Amazing attractions near by like Subway Lava Tube Cave, Burney Falls, Shasta Lake and Caverns, Whiskeytown Lake and all amazing lakes and hiking trails up on Lassen.About 15 miles from Lassen National Volcanic Park. 
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TURNER BEACH AT LAKE ALMANOR

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Westwood, CA
Turner Beach At Lake Almanor is a privately owned vacant lakefront lot. The property is wide enough to accommodate 3 RV's end to end, ensuring no blocked views of the lake. You will be camping along Lake Almanor's East Shore on your own private campground instead of "combat camping" in the popular public campgrounds nearby. Additionally, the property can accommodate numerous smaller vans and tents. We have 2 mooring buoys and a large dock. (Dock may no longer be in the water after September) There is a sani-hut potty which is maintained/cleaned weekly. The property is located between the lake and the highway, so there will be road noise. Some guests have been bothered by the traffic and some have not. We have 2 SUP boards, a kayak, and a canoe as well as a 5-person pedal boat that can be borrowed while renting our beach. Doing so will be at your own risk and you are required to wear personal floatation devices (lifejackets). Lifejackets are not provided, so you will need to bring your own. We ask that you please respect our toys and take care not to damage them or lose any parts/pieces. All renters must take their own trash with them when they depart. No Fireworks, No firearms, No drugs allowed. Dogs are allowed and we do have a 10 x 10 x 6 kennel onsite. Campers are responsible for minding their pet's safety, politeness, and picking up their poo-poo's. Marshmallow roasting/cooking fires must be kept small and are only allowed in the provided fire ring. There is some small firewood onsite, and if you need more you can purchase nearby at Almanor Landscape Supply or bring your own. The early mornings are tranquil, and the sunsets are STUNNING! We hope you enjoy your stay! THANK YOU FOR LOOKING!
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Island Warriors Retreat

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1 acre · Shingletown, CA
Our Hipcamp is nestled in a forest of Pine and Cedar trees on over an acre of land. You'll be surrounded by the sights, smell, and sounds of nature making for a very relaxing getaway. The property is near lakes (Lake McCumber is half a mile away), Lassen Volcanic National Park and Burney Falls, the Eighth Wonder of the World only 45 minutes away. There are neighbors on one side so be courteous and observe the quite hours. Shingletown is a ten minute drive up Highway 44 for all you grocery needs, eating out, and gasoline. Currently we have a portable toilet and shower until a permanent one is built.
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Maren G.’s Land

2 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Bella Vista, CA
Beautiful 8 acres on a private pond that is fully stocked with large and small mouth bass, blue gill, carp and catfish. Different spots to choose from with different privacy levels and access to power and water at some camp spots. 10 minutes to Shasta Lake, 20 mins to Whiskeytown Lake, shooting range and dirt bike trails within 20 minutes. Right off the highway (heads up, you can hear the road from camp) so it's easy to find and quick access to Redding, 7 minutes away.
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Michelle G.’s magic school bus

6 sites · Lodging1 acre · Shingletown, CA
This mountain property, is great launchpad for exploring Mt. Lassen national park. Located 15 minutes to north entrance. Enjoy, Hat creek fishing, pacific Crest trail, subway caves, Burney Falls. Lots of national forest, beautiful lakes to relax, have a picnic, and gear up for hiking any of the many destinations. The Magic bus offers a queen bed, two twin bunks. Mini fridge, kitchenette, dry sink.
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Story Creekside Retreat

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Chester, CA
3/4 acre with 2 level spots for 2 travel trailers..Warner Creek runs through rear of property. Scenic views of Warner Valley Mt. Harkness and surrounding mtns. near to Laasen National Park Drakesbad. 7 miles out of Chester. Lot is level some trees in front for ideal RV tent camping. Enjoy our peace
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Mimi’s Hideaway

1 site · RV1 acre · Chester, CA
Mimi’s hideaway is ideal for fully contained RVs up to 28ft. (sorry, no tent camping). We are located in the town of Chester/ Lake Almanor. The site sits on the edge of a beautiful 70 acre meadow where you can explore the historical Olsen barn, complete with barn owl. Follow the trail a short walk from your site to get epic views of Mt. Lassen,hiking, and fishing. Watch wildlife, birds, and the moonrise while relaxing at the table with built in fire pit. Also available is full hook up (with 50/30 electric, water, and sewer), BBQ, trash, and Mt. Views. Pets welcome, especially if they play with Indy the border collie. We are located with in a short drive to beaches, boating, water sports rentals, kayaking, hiking, fishing, off roading, and Mt. Lassen National Park.
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Blue Belly Cabin

1 site · Lodging12 acres · Manton, CA
We found our happy place and want to share it on HipCamp.Blue Belly Cabin is a contactless cabin on 12 acres of land that sleeps 4 comfortably. 1 bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and great room with sleeper sofa. There are fabulous sunrises, sunsets and panoramic mountain views for you to enjoy. It snows sometimes at our cabin but usually stays only a day. Many campers come to our cabin to work while simultaneously enjoying nature right outside the cabin. For the hot days we have a swamp cooler and portable A/C unit so you stay comfortable. For the cold days we have a wood burning stove that heats the big room and keeps you toasty and portable electric heaters for the bedroom and bathroom. We have a heated mattress pad on the bed and an electric blanket for the sleeper sofa and extra comforters. There is a propane fire pit and propane bbq outside for you to enjoy. Blue Belly Cabin is a huge slice of peace. There's a large area outside the cabin where you can pitch tent(s) for more people. Nearby, there are premier fishing spots, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, waterfalls, national forests, trails to hike, 6 wineries and much more. We are 35 mins from Lassen National Park, 45 mins from Shasta Lake and dam. MacCumber reservoir is 25 mins away. We are 30 mins east of Redbluff and the nearest small town with gas stations, grocery and hardware stores is 17 mins away.
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The best camping near Lassen National Forest guide

Overview

About

Situated at the crossroads of northern California where the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and Great Basin meet, Lassen National Forest, which surrounds Lassen Volcanic National Park, spans 1.2 million acres of diverse landscape that include volcanic peaks and ridges, alpine lakes, rolling plateaus, and thickly forested wilderness. Popular activities include hiking, biking, off roading, boating, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. More than 30 developed campgrounds offer diverse overnight options for tent and RV campers, while solitude seekers can take advantage of semi-developed and dispersed camping sites or head into the backcountry, including the Ishi, Thousand Lakes, and Caribou wilderness areas.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families and water sports enthusiasts: The Almanor Campground offers extensive amenities and easy access to Lake Almanor, ideal for myriad water sports.
  • Best for anglers and spelunkers: The Hat Creek Campground sits right by Hat Creek, renowned for trophy trout fishing, with proximity to Subway Cave.
  • Best for RVs: The Merrill Campground offers full-hookup and water-and-electric-hookup sites for RVs up to 75 feet, with close access to Eagle Lake.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. During peak summer season, plan to reserve a campsite as soon as you know your dates. Reservations can be made from four days and up to six months in advance for individual sites and 12 months for group sites.
  2. If you don’t have a reservation, plan to arrive first thing in the morning to grab a site at a first-come, first-served campground.
  3. Be sure to check on seasonal opening and closing dates, which vary by campground.

When to go

Summer is the most popular time for visitors at the forest, and popular campgrounds can book up in advance. Visit in the spring and early summer for wildflowers and for the best conditions in the Ishi Wilderness. Much of the area is covered in snow in the winter, which may affect access, though ideal for activities such as cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowmobiling. Cold spring and fall rains in the Caribou Wilderness can also cause hypothermia concerns.

Know before you go

  • Campfire permits are required except in developed campgrounds. Permits are also required to gather mushrooms or to cut firewood or Christmas trees.
  • Bring a jacket and flashlight to explore the Subway Cave.
  • Mosquitoes can be an issue in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness and Caribou Wilderness; bring repellent.
  • Everyone 16 and older needs a valid California fishing license to fish. Special fishing regulations may also be in effect in certain wilderness areas.

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