Forest opens additional recreation sites

The Lassen National Forest is opening additional developed facilities and sites to increase recreational opportunities for the public.

The LNF is implementing Forest Order No. 06-20-08 to provide for the health and safety of the public and employees by keeping developed recreation sites, except those listed in Exhibit A, closed through Nov. 11. This closure may be terminated or extended as conditions warrant.

Developed recreation sites — campgrounds, picnic areas, day-use sites, etc. — many of which draw large numbers of people and require significant management oversight during high-use conditions, will remain closed in an effort to protect the public and employees from the potential risk of coronavirus exposure.

“We continue to evaluate and prepare to open additional developed sites for the season while ensuring the safety and well-being of the public, employees, partners, and volunteers,” said Deb Bumpus, forest supervisor, LNF. “We suggest visitors follow CDC guidance on masks and social distancing. Avoid crowded areas and try to stick to the more out of the way spots instead of popular areas.”

The LNF encourages visitors to recreate locally whenever possible. Forest visitors should practice self-sufficiency when visiting all National Forests and come prepared with all the essentials needed for your trip, including food, emergency supplies, and the ability to pack-out trash.

Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping the following in mind:

  • Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others.
  • Do not gather in groups other than those in your household, and please follow the latest guidance from officials.
  • Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass by.
  • Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or handwashing supplies.
  • Some services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.

Almanor Ranger District sites now open: Almanor Boat Launch, Canyon Dam Boat Launch, Potato Patch Campground, Almanor Dump Station, Silver Beach Picnic Site, Almanor North Campground, Cherry Hill Campground, Silver Bowl Campground, Almanor Picnic Site Domingo Springs Campground, Silver Bowl Picnic, Battle Creek Campground, Dyer View Trailhead/Day Use, Silver Lake Boat Launch, Black Rock Campground Echo Lake Campground, Butte Meadows Campground and Legacy Campground. All other sites will remain closed for the season.

Eagle Lake Ranger District sites now open: Aspen Grove Campground, Crater Lake Campground, Merrill Amphitheater, Aspen Grove Boat Launch, Crater Lake Picnic and Boat Launch, Merrill Campground, Bogard Campground, Eagle Campground, Merrill RV Dump Station, Butte Creek Campground, Gallatin Marina, Roxie Peconom Campground, Christie Campground, Gallatin Marina Jetty, Christie Day Use and Picnic Site and the Goumaz Campground.

Hat Creek Ranger District sites now open: Big Pine Campground, Heart Lake Recreation Trail, Spattercone Nature Trail, Bridge Picnic Area, Old Station Day Use Picnic, Subway Cave Cave Campground, Old Station RV Dump, Dusty Campground, Pacific Crest Trail, Hat Creek Campground and Panoramic Point. The Old Station Visitor Information Center will remain closed until further notice.

The following day use sites will reopen on July 18: Hat Creek Rim Overlook and Mud Lake TH.

The following winter recreation sites will reopen as follows:

Eskimo Hill Day Use, Nov. 27; and Ashpan Day Use, Dec. 26.

            The following developed campgrounds will remain closed for 2020: Bridge Campground, Hat Creek Group Camp, Honn Campground and Rocky Campground


For the most up-to-date information, go to or our social media pages for what is open so that you can plan your visit.

Visitors needing additional information can call one of our offices between 8 a.m. abd 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: the LNF supervisor’s office at 257-2151; the Almanor Ranger District office at 258-2141; the Eagle Lake Ranger District orrice at 257-4188; and the Hat Creek Ranger District office at 336-5521.