Manzanita Lake Group Campground is the largest and most popular campground located at the Lassen Volcanic National Park near the city of Redding, California. This pet-friendly campground is situated by Manzanita Lake which provides plenty of activities for visitors to choose from. There's a variety of water sports that campers can participate in, such as paddle boarding and swimming or catch-and-release fishing and non-motorized boating. For those that prefer to stay on land, there are over 150 miles of scenic trails worth checking out that run through the national park. However, dogs are not allowed on the trails, so they will have to sit out on the day trips and stay at camp with other group members.
The Manzanita Lake Group Campground features 179 campsites -- half of which can be reserved while the others are available on a first-come-first-served basis -- as well as a group campground. It is a great location for camping with tents, trailers or RV’s, but since it is a popular location, make sure to call first before visiting to secure a spot. The campground is surrounded by a large variety of wildlife, as well as location-specific natural features which include volcanic domes, steam vents, and mud pots.
The campground is equipped with pay showers, flush toilets, and running water during the summer, allowing visitors to fully enjoy nature without having to forgo the conveniences of civilization. The roads are paved, and there is a general store nearby, which makes this location a great place for camping beginners. The sites also feature campfire rings, picnic tables, trash receptacles, storage lockers, a payphone, and even laundry facilities.
If you end up visiting the Manzanita Lake Group Campground, make sure to check out the gorgeous Manzanita Lake, the scenic hiking trails of the volcanic national park, the Loomis Museum and Ranger Station.