Manzanita Lake is a lake located in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The name means "little apple" in Spanish.To visit Manzanita Lake and other attractions in Lassen Volcanic National Park, use our Lassen Volcanic National Park trip planning app.
Located near the park entrance, the lake is open for fishing and has rainbow, brown and brook trout.
Manzanita Lake was formed when Manzanita Creek was dammed 300 years ago by a rock avalanche from the northwest slope of the Chaos Crags, which also resulted in the debris formation known as Chaos Jumbles.
The area around the lake features the Loomis Museum, a campground, and the Manzanita Lake Naturalist's Services Historic District.
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There is an easy hiking trail around this lake...but we did NOT hike that trail. We just went to the spot with the most amazing view of Lassen Peak across the lake with the reflection of the mountain.... more
There is an easy hiking trail around this lake...but we did NOT hike that trail. We just went to the spot with the most amazing view of Lassen Peak across the lake with the reflection of the mountain.... more »
We walked around Manzanita Lake, which was an easy mile and a half. This is a really beautiful lake, and we got some great pictures of reflections in the lake that day, in spite of the haze in the...
We walked around Manzanita Lake, which was an easy mile and a half. This is a really beautiful lake, and we got some great pictures of reflections in the lake that day, in spite of the haze in the... more »
Beautiful lake, mostly flat trail around the lake that will take you about an hour to circle around the lake. Beautiful sunset here, red-winged black birds and other species can be found here including a bald eagle. Kayaking, SUP or fishing. We were here on memorial weekend and thought we could rent some kayaks or boats but they are not renting it yet so being your own. They say maybe around July they will be available.
This is one of the nicest campgrounds we have been in. We stayed on the C-Loop with our teardrop and enjoyed the space between the campsites. The bear boxes were first rate. The bathrooms were cleaned daily and while the showers we expensive at $5 per, there were no quarters required and no time limit. Add to it that the shower room was clean and tidy. It was worth EVERY BIT of the $5. The campground store was neat and had any supplies you might need. And the best part is an early morning or sunset walk around Manzanita Lake. This place is a treasure.
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