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part ofLassen Volcanic National Park, National Park Service
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 04 2015   Season Dates


Butte Lake Campground (elevation 6,100 feet) is located in the northeastern section of Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California. It is fairly remote and within walking distance of Butte Lake, which is popular for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. Several hiking and backpacking trails are located nearby. The facility is 45 minutes from the main park road.

Natural Features:

The campground has a pleasant atmosphere dominated by Ponderosa pines. It sits on soft volcanic soils, and several ponds dot the landscape. Butte Lake has a large black lava flow running into it, creating rocky shores and interesting views for visitors in kayaks and canoes to explore.

The national park is known for its volcanic history, as well as its diversity of plants and animals. It contains 300 active volcanic domes and many hydrothermal features, such as mud pots and steam vents. Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascades, and the second most recent volcano to erupt in the lower 48 of the United States before Mount Saint Helens.

Lassen National Park boasts over 700 species of flowering plants and 250 species of vertebrates, including birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. The park is at the junction of the Cascade Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin, thus providing many unique habitats.


Outdoor enthusiasts stay at Butte Lake Campground for its many recreation opportunities. The lake is popular for trout fishing, as well as non-motorized boating. Within the facility, hikers and backpackers will find the trailhead for the Cinder Cone Trail, one of the most popular trails in the park that ascends a nearby volcanic dome. The Painted Dunes, Snag Lake and Bathtub Lake areas are also nearby.


This facility is more remote than other campgrounds within the park. Campers must travel on a six-mile gravel road to access the facility. For more information visit Campgrounds of Lassen Volcanic.

A non-motorized boat launch is convenient for kayaks and canoes. Flush toilets and running water are turned on during summer; vault toilets are available outside of the peak season.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors can explore Subway Cave, an underground lava tube, in the adjacent Lassen National Forest from late April through November. Free tours are offered every weekend during summer. Subway Cave, Lassen National Forest

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Fee Station
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
Reservations must be made 4 days in advance. Additional campsites available on a first come - first served basis with no reservation required. Sites may be available on a first come - first served basis outside the reservation season.
  • There is no electricity/water/sewer site hook-ups at this campground.
  • There is a limit of 2 licensed vehicles and 3 tents per camp pad.
  • Campers must have valid entrance permit/pass before camping.
  • An entrance fee of $20 per vehicle is required at the entrance to Butte Lake.
  • No motorized boats permitted on the lake.
  • Pets must be on a 6' leash at all times.
  • Pets must not be left unattended and are not allowed on park trails.
Bears frequent the area; all food and scented products must be kept in the bear boxes provided at each campsite.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.565, -121.30528
40°33'54"N, 121°18'19"W

From Redding, California drive 63 miles east on State Highway 44 to Old Station. From the intersection of 44 and State Highway 89, continue east on 44 for 11 miles. Watch for sign to Butte Lake Campground. Turn right and continue for six miles on a rough gravel road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MINERAL  CA  96063

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)595-6121
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